Tuesday, January 14, 2014

St. Moritz: Victory and the Golden Farewell

-The Toll Bridge-

1st day of sliding Noelle passed through the toll bridge (horseshoe), paid her price (the elbow, see the last post if you are unaware) and claimed the victory. It's like Indian Jones and the quest for the Holy Grail. It wasn't easy but I'm pretty sure she was the only one who made payment.

This is an awesome track! The only natural bobsled track left around. It is constructed new each year. You can view this incredibly AWESOME video on where the track lies and what takes place in the summer time around the track. There are also youtube videos on the construction of the track.

St. Moritz Track Video MUST SEE!!!

St. Moritz Bobsled track construction this year!

Her favorite track in the world and she leaves it behind with a Gold Medal victory and 2 track records! I can't think of a better way to say good-bye. It was an incredible performance and an awesome race to witness. If you didn't see them you can click here to view the races:

St. Moritz Skeleton Race Heat 1

St. Moritz Skeleton Race Heat 2

Attack of the Big Bobble Heads!

Noelle's brother Rob and sponsor Mountain Crane crew dropped in the night before to surprise Noelle with some fans! She didn't know the bobble heads were going to be there, yet they took a huge portion of race footage. Thank you for your visit, it most definitely lightened the mood and stimulated Gold Medal attitude!
Here is Rob & the Mountain Crane Crew: Paul, Courtney, Lon, Jared, Melanie and 4 month old Grace hiding behind the head on the right.
 The Bobble Heads were left here in the round about as we were leaving St. Moritz for good. Not sure how long they will stay there. But Noelle will be remembered thanks to Mountain Crane :)

The Big Heads are taking a break at the Horseshoe curve during the race.

 Noelle Pikus-Pace after the race at the flower ceremony.

 Noelle Pikus-Pace with Shelley Rudman and Lizzy Yarnold.

 Ahhhh. Cute!
 Noelle Pikus-Pace at the awards receiving the Gold Medal in St. Moritz.

 Traycen holding our very successful horn that we got in Winterberg the week prior.

Noelle Pikus-Pace with Lizzy Yarnold (left) and Shelley Rudman (right). Noelle is also holding a glass cup which is a memorial award given to her for some reason that we are still unsure about. I will find out more about the award and update you on it.

 The kids are loved everywhere and were given several stuffed animals from the medics and track crew.

That was fun! I picked up Lacee and told her to lay flat as I chucked her up in the air. Fun things you can do with 2 feet of snow.

 There was quite a bit of snow in case you haven't seen yet.

Lacee and Traycen up at the start looking down at the track on the right.

1 comment:

  1. Noelle, we are so proud of you!!!! What an adventure of a life time for your children as well! We love you! GOOD LUCK!! We are cheering for you!
    The Grimm Family