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February 12, 2024
SIMPLOT GAMES’ BREAKFAST WITH FOSBURY AND FRIENDS WELCOMES OLYMPIAN NOELLE PIKUS PACE
The Olympic Silver Medalist Will Speak on Career, Lessons Learned
Pocatello, Idaho – Tickets are available for the Simplot Games’ Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends featuring Noelle Pikus Pace. The annual event will take place on Friday, February 16 at 7 a.m. at the ISU Student Union Ballroom.
Pikus Pace competed in the Simplot Games while in high school, and has since become a two-time Olympian, World Champion, Olympic Silver Medalist, Moment of the Games Winner, speaker, author and mother of four. Her strong message and captivating storytelling abilities make her one of the most sought-after motivational speakers today.
In 2005, Pikus Pace was the world’s top-ranked skeleton racer when a runaway bobsled descended the track and collided into her, resulting in a compound leg fracture that cost her an Olympic spot in the 2006 Games. Pikus Pace made a comeback the following year and became the first American woman to win the World Championships title—and did it by the largest margin in the history of the sport.
She fulfilled her dream of reaching the Olympics when she competed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, where she subsequently announced her retirement. In 2012, Pikus Pace decided to return yet again, this time with her sights set on reaching the Olympic podium. All of her dedication, hope, and perseverance led her to win the silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Pikus Pace was awarded the US Olympics’ iconic “Moment of the Games” when she jumped into the stands to embrace her husband Janson and their two children after winning the silver medal.
“The most valuable lesson that I have learned throughout my career is that it is going to be hard, the road will be rough at times, expect setbacks, but never give up, never give in, and continue moving forward,” said Pikus Pace. “I have had many injuries along my career path that were definitely unexpected. Going into it with the mindset that sometimes things go wrong, sometimes things do not go as expected, it allowed me to see it as an opportunity to grow and to learn, rather than an opportunity to stay still.”
Pikus Pace will speak about her career on February 16 at the annual event and take audience questions while attendees enjoy breakfast. Tickets are required for this community event and can be purchased by calling (208) 235-5604 or online at the Simplot Games store. Tickets will also be available at the Simplot Games store in the Bennion Room at Holt Arena on Thursday until tickets sell out.
d offering dozens of other incredible performances.
While Simplot Games is a high school event, it often incorporates other events to advance track and field—and take advantage of the electric Holt Arena crowd in Pocatello, Idaho.
Two-time Olympic shot put gold medalist Ryan Crouser returned to the site of his 2011 national indoor high school record throw for a competition against college athletes. With the Simplot Games crowd urging him on, he demolished his own indoor world record by a full 22 inches with a throw of 76’ 8.5”—and topped his own outdoor record by one-quarter inch.
“It’s fantastic to be back at such a fantastic meet,” he continued. “Professional meets don’t have an atmosphere like this. The high school athletes have such a passion for the sport, and Pocatello cares so much about the event. It’s an atmosphere that is unmatched anywhere in the world.”
In the high school competition, Daniel Simmons of American Fork, Utah, broke the Simplot Games meet record in the 3200 meters with a time of 8:53.80. He led a group of seven Utah event winners and the state’s overall dominance in this year’s distance events.
Idaho athletes Gatlin Bair of Burley won the boys’ 60 meters with a time of 6.69 seconds, the fifth fastest time in the U.S. this year.
SC Elite, a team from Gardena, California, won the girls’ 4×200- and 4×400-meter relays in the super-competitive team events, while collecting more Games’ hardware over several other events.
Meadow Drebert, in grade 11 from LeDuc, Alberta, Canada, won the girl’s 800 meters, leading an international field that included athletes from Canada and Australia.
In all, more than 2,000 athletes competed over the three-day competition in more than 40 individual and team events.
Full results can be found at www.simplotgames.com.
Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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