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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 3:00 p.m. MST

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Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

I am a Noelle Pikus-Pace fan. Last week, I had no idea who she was.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Well, isn't that special.

Some Goober
Prescott, AZ

Noelle, thanks for wearing your YM necklace. Great to see people standing up for what is right.

bw00ds
Tucson, AZ

Yes, as a matter of fact, it is special.

Paul B.
South Jordan, UT

I have great admiration for any person who dedicates years to a worthwhile goal and succeeds despite great challenge and adversity. I also applaud the similar story of Alexander Zubkov and others who exemplify the deeper Olympic ideals. To see Nicole stand up for her country, faith, family and values is inspiring. How anyone could make light of her story or belittle her performance is not just disappointing but completely baffling - and extremely small-minded. You have done great things Nicole, and the medal is just one of them! I stand in awe.

LiberalJimmy
Salt Lake City, UT

And? So she wore a Mormon necklace. How many athletes prayed the Catholic Rosary? Stay tuned tomorrow.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

What a great role model for young women everywhere!

Congratulations, Noelle, on holding to your standards, being a light to the world, and living your dream!

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I didn't notice the necklace. But I sure did notice her shout out to the youth when being interviewed just after her win.

Nice.

vangroovin
West Jordan, UT

Great role model! Good person! Go Noelle!

Paul B.
South Jordan, UT

To L. Jimmy and Ilk:
It's not about the necklace - as with Lance Armstrong, it wasn't "about the bike." The necklace and bike are symbols of values: commitment, hope, persistence. Noelle didn't let a miscarriage, injuries, motherhood keep her from athletic achievement - and she did it while succeeding as a mother and a person. Armstrong overcame near-fatal cancer to accomplish great victories unfortunately tarnished by his later drug decisions. When athletes give us inspiring stories of achievement in the face of adversity: Pikus-Pace, Zubkov, Strug, Tebow, E. Moses, K. Gibson, Zamperini, etc. - the least we can do is lay aside our religious or political differences and applaud exceptional human achievement. If they choose to symbolize their efforts and achievement with a Te-Bow, rosary, necklace, black glove, what ever, we can look beyond their symbol and appreciate the victory. We can be better and act better because of their example - if we choose.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

I was impressed with the Russian and Latvian ice skaters/dancers who competed wearing their cross necklaces. That is just as noteworthy as Noelle if not more so especially because they come from a history of the former Soviet Union that persecuted religious people.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

If anyone doesn't know what the necklaces are then she's just another pretty face. For those who know what the necklaces are a sense of camaraderie and possibly a resolve to be open about beliefs can be found. It's shortsighted to condemn either her for wearing them or the DN for writing about it just because you find no value in it. I applaud her for sharing her faith and for being a good role model for those who are looking for it.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

Being an Olympian is being committed to a cause. Congrats to all the Olympians! Congrats to Noelle Pikus-Pace and others for being committed to their religious beliefs as well as to their sport! Congrats to those who have no religious beliefs but are still committed to causes important to them! Would that we all seek for the stars rather than being among the many who are mediocre and go with the crowd! I've been a runner for over 40 years. I don't race, and I run because I enjoy it. Every day that I go running is another day I show my commitment to things other than TV.

bw00ds
Tucson, AZ

The Young Women's Medallion is not like the Rosary, which is a religious artifact. The Young Women's Medallion is a symbol of the woman's culmination of fulfilling hard-earned requirements in the Personal Progress Program, akin to an Eagle award in scouting. It is a symbol of achievement as well as a symbol of standards and beliefs. The other medallion, the torch, is the medallion that every young woman receives when she enters the Personal Progress Program. Though this program is for the young women of the church (ages 12 to 18 or high school graduate), mothers, Young Women leaders, and other adult women are also encouraged to earn their Young Women Medallion.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

To all you cynics out there...Just be quiet. I'm absolutely proud of her and it is a human interest story that resonates with most of us that live here in Utah.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

To: Flashback - I'm with you girl...your comment brought a big smile to my face and my heart. There are absolutely too many cynics in our world. Thank you for your comment. You are what is good about Utah - my Utah that I love.

ILH, West Jordan UT
West Jordan, UT

I am an active LDS member. I cannot understand why the commenter "bw00ds, Tucson AZ" seems offended that another person would compare the Young Women necklace with the Catholic rosary. Both are symbols of religious faith and devotion. I do not understand why Tucson commenter wants to make the LDS necklace "better".

donn
layton, UT

@ILH, West Jordan UT,I do not understand why Tucson commenter wants to make the LDS necklace "better".

RE:bw00ds, “Young Women leaders, and other adult women are also encouraged to earn their Young Women Medallion.”

While the cross is a sign of what God does for individuals,(a free gift) for those who believe in Jesus.

"Salvation" is not universal but based on the belief of each individual (Rom 1:16,Heb 9:28,Eph 2:8-10).

… the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: (1 John 3:16)God on the cross.
the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God(1 Cor 1:18)

pcdub
Eagle Mountain, UT

@ILH. As donn mentioned, I don't think bw00ds was saying the LDS necklace was better so much as telling LiberalJimmy that anyone of the Catholic faith (or other Christian denominations) can wear a cross as a sign that they believe in what God has done for them, but that the Young Women's Medallion has to be earned. It shows not just a belief in God and his atonement for man, but that you have served and worked toward the goals outlined in the Young Women's program. So not necessarily better, just a different meaning.

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