Kerstin Joensson, Associated Press
KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Noelle Pikus-Pace, a 2005 graduate of Utah Valley University, won the gold medal in the skeleton Friday to pick up her first World Cup victory since 2004.
Pike-Pace, who returned to the sport after retiring in 2010, traversed the course in 1 minute, 47.51 seconds, which was 0.41 seconds better than Marion Thees, the overall World Cup leader.
Pikus-Pace, the American and World Cup champion, finished just out of the medals at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by placing fourth.
She was one of the favorites to win a medal in Turin before a freak accident with a runaway bobsled broke one of her legs.
In 2003 at Utah Valley, Pikus-Pace won the national championship in the discus and was a first-team All-American. She also set the school high jump record in 2004 and in 2005 was named to the NCAA Division I All-Independent Team. She graduated from UVU with a degree in community health.
She was inducted into the UVU Hall of Fame on Jan. 28, 2012.
Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.
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