A gold-medal favorite entering the 2006 Olympic season, her hopes were derailed when a bobsled crashed into -- and shattered -- her right leg in a training accident. Pikus-Pace wound up competing for part of that season even though her leg wasn’t fully healed, just missing out on a bid to qualify for the Torino Games. She returned to win the world championship in 2007 and was fourth at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which she said would be her final race. Two years later, she un-retired for one more chance at the Olympics, and played a key role in helping the U.S. win gold in the team competition at the 2013 World Championships. Pikus-Pace was the dominant slider on the women’s World Cup circuit in the second half of last season, which she capped with a win on the track that will be used for the sliding events at the Sochi Games. She also won gold in four of the eight World Cup races this season. Pikus-Pace finally won her first Olympic medal in Sochi, finishing second behind Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold.
- 2014 Olympic Games - Silver
- 2013-14 World Cup standings - Second
- 2013 World Championships - Silver
- 2013 Sochi World Cup - Bronze
- 2010 Olympic Games - Fourth
- 2007 World Championships - Gold
Things to know:
1. Pikus-Pace insists that her husband and two children travel with her on tour. If that wasn’t possible, she would have stayed retired.
2. She makes and sells winter hats as a side job.
3. Her love of chocolate is legendary. She once attached a large Hershey’s bar to her sled.