She didn't win the world title, but Utah's Noelle Pikus-Pace was thrilled to hold onto second place at the world championships for women's skeleton Friday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
"What a great day," she said. "I felt so much better today and I am excited to be on the medal stand. This has already been such an amazing year."
The 30-year-old Orem native and Eagle Mountain resident enjoyed her best finish in six years at the world championships, near the end of her first season back on the international circuit following a 2 1/2-year retirement to start raising her children. She wasn't able to overtake Great Britain's Shelley Rudman for the victory, but she did clock the fastest times in the final two heats of the four-heat race to impressively make up nearly half of a 1-second deficit following the first two heats Thursday.