Days after winning silver, Mormon Olympian Noelle Pikus-Pace goes to church, reflects on God's path for her

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  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 20, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Keep religion out of sports It is competition and chance that determines the winner, not prejudice god. And if one was acquainted with all the participating athletes one would probably find they are all equally special and good people regardless of what church they belong to.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Feb. 19, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    One wonders, if god was helping her, why couldn't he help her to gold?

  • lloydlewisjr Montrose, CO
    Feb. 18, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    Seems to me too much word play is instilled by the commenters. I personally applaud this mother/athlete for her faith, perseverance, strength both physical and spiritual, and her willingness to share her feelings and thoughts on her journey.Very mature, honest and Christian lady. Thanks for what you've shown us, and congratulations on your accomplishments and may you have many more.

  • softball ump Lehi, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 3:03 p.m.

    Thank you, good sister, for you example. I, like others, love the shout-out to the youth of the church. The Young Women in your stake are among the luckiest in the church to have you as thier president. God bless

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 18, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    Congrats! I loved the article. What a great example you are! Truly Inspiring.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Feb. 18, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Article quote: "Gold may have been her goal, but silver is her reward, and she knows that’s what was meant to be."

    The fact that she knows this to be true shows she has a TON of wisdom.

    I had a goal years ago that I let become all-consuming. It was everything to me and spiritual, eternal things eventually became less important. I was still very active in the LDS faith but my priorities were not right and it stayed that way for over 15 years. Change occured but it took forever. One of the things that helped me, and I couldn't ignore it when I first heard it, was some Olympic coach (whose name I don't even know) tell the athlete he was training, that in regards to winning a gold medal, "If you're not enough without it (a gold medal), you'll never be enough with it." That hit me like a 2"x4" between my eyes.

    Good for this woman.

    I wish her well and hope that she speaks long and loud to people of all ages about goals and encourage them to live their life to the fullest.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    Alex 1, and I stand by what I said, period.

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    the REAL DEAL:

    I stand by what I said, period.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

    Quite inspiring. Congratulations to her. I hope she is blessed with more kids and a long and healthy life in the service of her God.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:09 a.m.

    This is a very inspiring story. There are many applications for us in our own lives. I especially liked, "Every choice has life-long consequences." Youth especially will listen to her message because she was humble, in tune with the Spirit, articulate, and was willing to pay the price. Her husband also was a great example of a supportive and loving priesthood holder. His belief in her was incredible!

  • theidma New York City, NY
    Feb. 18, 2014 3:25 a.m.

    Great story. I like to see women who are wives and mothers, but can also contribute positively to their society. Too many times, we women act like being wives and mothers prevent us from making significant contributions to our society, nothing could be farther from the truth. Men can be successful husbands, fathers, and professionals, so can we. Yes, women will have to make sacrifices, I know I do not take jobs that require travel, and I do not accept jobs with more than 8 hrs of work a day, but I still go to school and work outside the home! No where in the scriptures is it written, that women should lose themselves because they are mothers, or that they no longer have any God given potential of worth to anyone except their family. One of my favorite scriptures, Phillipians 4:13 states that "I can do ALL things through Christ which strenghteneth me." Congrats, Noelle!

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 11:00 p.m.

    Alex 1, what the world actually needs is more positive people doing positive things. Athletic or otherwise. What the world definitely does not need is more people adding to the seven billion we already have just for religious reasons. Period!

  • 1Reader Sunnyvale, CA
    Feb. 17, 2014 8:15 p.m.

    Noelle is very impressive, in all respects. Congratulations to her, and her family. I am grateful for her contributions.

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    Feb. 17, 2014 2:44 p.m.


    "We're finding out that people can pursue many and diverse paths in life and still serve a good purpose."

    Yes and no. All other factors being equal, a woman who puts being a good wife and mother as the highest priority in her life serves a greater purpose than an equally capable woman who puts hobbies and athletic competitions in the driver's seat, period. Pikus-Pace has her priorities in order. Therefore, what she is doing as an Olympian IS a great blessing. There is no doubt it is inspired. Yes, there are many diverse paths in life that can serve a good purpose in addition to a family, but if a person is capable of and has a good opportunity to marry and raise a family, but chooses something else instead, he/she is choosing a lesser path.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Imagine my surprise to see two friends from different walks of like in the small congregation!

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Feb. 17, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    I loved her shout out to the youth after winning the silver medal. It was great.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Nice story and a great role model for kids to follow.