KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Supermom did it.
Noelle Pikus-Pace, the mother of two who restarted her skeleton racing career after having a miscarriage in 2012, finished second in Friday’s final to win her first Olympic silver medal. Great Britain's Elizabeth Yarnold won gold. American Katie Uhlaender finished fourth, four-hundredths of a second behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina of Russia.
[Photos: Team USA medal winners]
Pikus-Pace retired from the sport after a fourth-place finish in Vancouver to spend more time with her family in Utah. Then, after the tragic miscarriage two years ago, she decided to return to skeleton as a way to have something to look forward to. She balanced her time as a racer and a mom by working out with her children in tow, even passing on training time this week to play with her kids.
After her final run, she climbed into the stands and watched with her family as she secured the silver medal.
"That was better than gold," Pikus-Pace said.
She made it all the way back, and now will stand on the podium as a tribute to her family and her country.
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