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Noelle Pikus-Pace wears LDS Young Women necklace throughout Olympics

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 9:45 p.m. MDT

Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears both the Young Women medallion and Young Women torch pendant during an athlete profile created by P&G. (YouTube) Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears both the Young Women medallion and Young Women torch pendant during an athlete profile created by P&G. (YouTube)

Noelle Pikus-Pace is an Olympic silver medalist and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although Pikus-Pace's comeback to compete in the skeleton event after retiring in 2010 warrants its own attention, the Olympic athlete has also made headlines for her positive attitude and love for her family.

But what many members of the LDS Church have also noticed is her willingness to display her faith. Throughout interviews before and during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Pikus-Pace has not only spoken about her beliefs, but she has been spotted wearing the Young Womanhood Recognition medallion, which girls in the LDS Church can earn through the Personal Progress program, and the Young Women torch pendant, which is the Young Women logo.

Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears the LDS Young Women medallion and torch during an interview with NBC just shortly after she won the silver medal in women's skeleton. (NBC) Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears the LDS Young Women medallion and torch during an interview with NBC just shortly after she won the silver medal in women's skeleton. (NBC)

After Pikus-Pace's last race, in which she took home the silver medal, Summer Sanders with NBC interviewed the Mormon athlete. Pikus-Pace sported the silver Young Women medallion and torch along with her racing suit. During the interview, Sanders became emotional as she spoke with Pikus-Pace about her success.

Later that night, Pikus-Pace would also wear the torch pendant and medallion around her neck as she stood on the Olympic podium and received her silver medal.

Back home in Utah, Pikus-Pace served as the Stake Young Women president, which kept her closely involved with the youths in her area, according to Mormon.org. In an interview with Deseret News' Amy Donaldson, Pikus-Pace offered advice to teenage members of the LDS Church.

Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States hugs her husband, Janson Pace, and children, Traycen, left, and Lacee, right, after she won the silver medal during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, Associated Press) Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States hugs her husband, Janson Pace, and children, Traycen, left, and Lacee, right, after she won the silver medal during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, Associated Press)

"I hope the young women and the young men can see that it really is important, more than ever, to stand for something today, and to stand up for your values and beliefs," Pikus-Pace told Donaldson. "Even if you’re the only one having to stand alone. … There are always others who can help support you, and Heavenly Father is always right there by your side."

Pikus-Pace has also shared her beliefs on her Mormon.org profile.

"I know that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us. I know in my own life he has never left my side. Before each season I pray and fast to know that the decision to compete is in accordance with his will," Pikus-Pace shared online.

Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears the LDS Young Women torch pendent and medallion around her neck during a press conference at the Winter Olympic games. (YouTube) Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace wears the LDS Young Women torch pendent and medallion around her neck during a press conference at the Winter Olympic games. (YouTube)

"I know that we have a living prophet today. I love our Savior, Jesus Christ, and am so grateful for the Atonement and the blessing we have to use it in our lives. I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt that it is true."

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