Next Race - Winterberg GermanyWhen: This Saturday - January 4, 2014
Where: Winterberg, Germany
Time: 5:45 a.m. & 7:15 a.m. MST, Heat Start Times
Start #: Noelle starts 7th off
Watch Online: Heat 1 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf28N7m5Pok
Heat 2 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIMG8-QDC_Y
Insider InfoNoelle Pikus-Pace is feeling good this week. Her back has been healthy so far, she has a tender hamstring but is working through it carefully. Annie O'Shea - USA flew in for this race because Katie is trying to recover from her head injury from sliding preseason.
Olympic Qualification:Noelle is in a good spot right now ranked 4th in the World and 1st in the US. The Olympic team is not officially named until after the Igls, Austria race on January 18th, but it would take some real opposition to keep her out right now.
Here are Noelle's past results here on the Winterberg track and the competitors to look out for in the race:
2004: Noelle Pikus-Pace 1st Place
2007: Noelle Pikus-Pace 3rd Place
2012: Noelle Pikus-Pace 3rd Place
Competitors to look out for:Shelley Rudman -GBR
Anja Huber - GER
Melissa Hollingsworth - CAN
Lizzy Yarnold - GBR