Nine years I ago in October we all were in shock when we found out that our friend, Noelle Pikus-Pace, was involved in a catastrophic accident just 170 days before the Olympic Games in Turin. Sitting on our family floor with a severely broken leg, we discussed how to qualify given her extensive therapy and training that forced her to miss essential World Cup events. It was not to be…
Four years later in Vancouver, after a stellar World Cup season, the bronze was just .001 seconds away from her grasp. It was not to be… Yet. Third time’s a charm!
On this day, many friends and family gathered to watch this remarkable woman achieve her Olympic dreams. And this she did. winning the Silver metal with a stellar performance-despite a concussion and a back injury. What a rock star!. It was a beautiful moment for everyone who assembles, to watched, and celebrated this journey–to see an Olympian have her podium day.
I’m reminded of all the unfair moments, days, even months, that get in the way of our dreams. I am reminded of those days when sleeping in rather doing the work seems like just the thing to do. I’m reminded that reaching the highest level in anything takes a mindset that few master–but those who do find greatness. But more importantly, I’m reminded even more poignantly, that despite the set-backs, the accidents, the mistakes there are those mini victories that contribute to the major victories–all of which define you as a person–and this you take with you into the eternities.
What an exciting day for an athlete and her family who together have sacrificed and paid the price–recognizing that the greatest value in it was the journey that brought them to it.
Congratulations Noelle on reaching your dreams and reminding everyone around you to hold tight to theirs!