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Tenn. trainer helps Noelle Pikus-Pace on journey to silver

(WMC-TV) – She is a wife and mother of two with ties to Tennessee. Now, Noelle Pikus-Pace is an Olympic medalist. She won a silver medal in skeleton last week -- but she says she could not have done it without her family by her side every step, or slide, of the way.

Noelle Pikus-Pace has been dubbed the fastest mom on the ice.

"I couldn't have imagined it any better from the beginning to the end, just being able to be here with my family, my husband, my two kids, crossing that finish line, jumping up into the stands," she said. "This has really been a dream come true."

She does not fit the profile of most Olympians. At 31 years old, she is considered much older. She is also married with two small children, but she says that through it all, her family has been that pillar of strength.

"Great support system, honestly, I just have to rely on my husband and be in it together," she explained. "We're in this together, it's been a family affair and that's how we'll continue to do it."

Pikus-Pace's victory was not only for her family, but also for Jason Hartman, of Clarksville, Tenn.

"I've been sending her programs for the last two years, trying to get her in the best physical shape, so something like this can happen today," said Hartman, who helped to train Noelle and five other Olympic athletes racing in the luge and bobsled events.

"The work I do with them in the weight room, on the running track to make them stronger, more powerful, make them faster, hopefully that gives them a competitive advantage," he said.

The win for Noelle Pikus-Pace comes four years after she missed a bronze medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver, but she persevered through injuries and that setback to make Sochi...sweet with Silver.

"My faith in God, my faith in my family and just knowing that everything happens for a reason and that we always have a choice," she said. "We have a choice to look back and be upset and frustrated or we can choose to move forward and that's just kind of what we've chosen to do."

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