Noelle Pikus-Pace rides fire truck in hero’s return to Utah (video)
Olympic skeleton silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace was greeted by screams in her homecoming to Eagle Mountain, Utah, on Wednesday.
She arrived at about 4 p.m. from New York, where she rang the New York Stock Exchange bell earlier that day. In Eagle Mountain, Pikus-Pace and her family traveled from her home in a lights-flashing fire truck to Frontier Middle School, where hundreds waited for them.
The mayor pronounced Feb. 26, 2014, “Noelle Pikus-Pace Day,” according to the Deseret News.
Pikus-Pace, 31, retires after a memorable skeleton career. She won silver at the 2005 World Championships but missed the 2006 Olympics after breaking a leg in a freak accident with a four-man bobsled.
She was fourth at the 2010 Olympics, missing a medal by one tenth of a second. Pikus-Pace then retired, had her second child and also a miscarriage, and came out of retirement for the 2012-13 season.
She had the best season of her career in 2013-14 and won silver at the Sanki Sliding Center despite being hampered by a back injury.
Here’s video of her return from KSL-TV in Salt Lake City: