Pikus-Pace makes her long-awaited Olympic debut in Vancouver... In 2005, she became the first U.S. woman to claim the World Cup title... But that October she was struck by an errant bobsled and her impressive comeback effort fell just short of a spot on the U.S. team for Torino... Since then, the Utah native has become the first American to win a women's skeleton world title and a first-time mother... Her daughter, Lacee, was born in January 2008.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.