USA's Noelle Pikus-Pace wins silver in skeleton event

By Michelle Kapusta,

American Noelle Pikus-Pace nabbed the silver medal in the women’s skeleton competition.

The Associated Press reported that Pikus-Pace came in behind Britain's Lizzy Yarnold, who won the gold medal. Elena Nikitina of Russia took third place and the bronze medal.

Yarnold’s four-run time was 3 minutes, 52.89 seconds. The American skeleton racer had a time of 3:53.86 and Nikitina finished with a time of 3:54.30.

Pikus-Pace is from Utah and has won five medals at the FIBT World Championships.

The 31-year-old has faced many trials and tribulations throughout her career. In 2005, she was struck by a bobsled and forced to sit out of the 2006 Games. USA Today noted that in 2010 she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver and retired, but later decided to give it one more try in Sochi.

She tweeted that this would be her final run.

Before her win on Thursday she said, "Obviously everybody is going for that gold medal … but I'm pretty sure I'll be pretty stoked just to be on the podium."

And so she will be.

image courtesy of NBC

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