When it comes to Olympic Games, I’m obsessed.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have watched the Olympics on TV. I just love them.
As Sochi is nearing closer and closer, I’ve been LOVING seeing the excitement and the build-up to the Games, but most of all… learning about the elite athletes.
I recently had the pleasure to interview Noelle Pikus Pace. Noelle is an American skeleton racer who began her career in 2001. She has won five medals at the FIBT World Championships and was a competitor in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
What I love about Noelle is that she’s also a mom, too. She balances the life of athlete and mom and is a true inspiration. Pampers has recently partnered with Noelle, which is how I got the chance to chat with her!
1) What excites you about the Games?
I love that there is a time dedicated for the world to come together in peace. There is an incredible energy at the Olympics unlike any other event. As you watch the athletes from the various sports compete, we only see the smallest glimpse of who they are or what it has taken for them to get there when in reality, every athlete has an incredible story of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance and commitment that has lead them to represent their country at the the Games.
2) How is it trying to train, but also be a mom? How do you balance both?
I have learned from the best: my mom! She really is my hero and I don’t know how she did all that she did. It can be very difficult at times to be honest with you. Time management, prioritizing, flexibility and a great support system are key to making this possible.
3) I love that you love to bring your family with you — why is that so important to you? (I’m a mom of 5, so I get it!)
My family means everything to me and I couldn’t do what I do without them. My husband, janson, built the sled that I compete on and seeing him with my kids at the finish line reminds me that despite the results of the day, whether I win or not, we have each other and life is great.
4) Tell me about our partnership with P&G.
Our family partnered with Pampers through the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and it is such an honor to be able to be apart of their family once again. We have used Pampers for both of our children. When I have to train hard or have a race the next day, I know I can rely on Pampers to offer 12 hour overnight protection which means my baby will get a good night’s rest, and so will I.
5) What are your goals for 2014?
I have many goals! I want to write a book, plant a garden, take an oil painting class, plan some fun summer activities to do with the family… but if we’re talking sport specific goals, I want to finish in the top 3 in the world in every race I compete in, including the Olympic Games.