One thought could capture the crazy journey of her life. She fell in love with this skeleton sport, the feeling of speed and being on the very edge, when she was young. She played lots of sports, but this was the one that spoke loudest to her. She became the best woman skeleton athlete in the world when she was 22 years old. She has come back from a freak injury, a hard comeback, a near miss, despondency, retirement, motherhood, another hard comeback and, why not?, a last-second concussion. Pikus-Pace smiled for cameras and said all the right things and handled it with class because that’s the kind of person Pikus-Pace is. And at age 31, Noelle Pikus-Pace made it to the top of the mountain Saturday for that final run. She knew that if she had a clear run, she would win a medal. She just needed one thought.
One thought. After all that, how can you come up with one thought? She wrote down: “This is it. Don’t get scared now.” And below it she drew a smiley face. Noelle is so inspiring! Noelle won Silver! We witnessed her climb into the stands immediately following the race and hug her husband, kids and friends! She now wants to be a mom. No more races.
How did she do it? Think again about that note she wrote to herself, the one that gave her a thought to take with her down her final skeleton run. I’m thinking now the most important part of that note is not the words. It’s not the sentiment. It’s not the warning to not get scared.
No. The most important part is the smiley face.
Source: NBC Sports, @JPosnanski