CTU Alumna Noelle Pikus-Pace Takes Silver in Sochi

Olympian and CTU Alum Noelle Pikus-PaceCTU alumna Noelle Pikus-Pace balanced school, training, and family life during her time as a student, eventually graduating with her MBA from CTU in 2007. Her focus comes naturally – in addition to being an alum, Noelle is an Olympic athlete, battling icy turns on the skeleton course. 

She appeared in her third and final Olympic games this winter in Sochi. It was a long road to Sochi for Noelle. At her first Olympic outing in Turin, while standing on the sidelines she was hit by a bobsled and too injured to compete. In her second outing, she narrowly missed the medal stand in a heart-wrenching fourth place finish. After that, she declared she was retired, and started a family. 

But like many competitive athletes, the urge to get back in the games was fierce. She was willing to try again, but she wasn’t willing to compromise. Noelle knew that if she was going to go back to the games, her family would have to be by her side.

CTU Sioux Falls Staff Cheer on Olympian and CTU Alum Noelle Pikus-PaceThey traveled with her throughout her training and competitive season, and she had a terrific one leading up to the games. CTU recently spoke with Noelle about her road to Sochi – read her tips for success. 

Noelle was heavily considered a favorite to win a medal in the games, and CTU staff and faculty enjoyed cheering her efforts along. She achieved her goal of standing on the Olympic medal stand by racing to a second place finish, earning a silver medal. Noelle always said that this Olympic run would be her last, and we’re so proud of her strong finish.