Noelle Pikus-Pace Discusses Music and More
Earlier this year Noelle Pikus-Pace, a Utah resident and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was kind enough to participate in a short Q & A and give us insights on music, the Olympics, and food.
Do you have a favorite performance or song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
I love every time I get to hear MoTab! My favorites are "Down to the River to Pray" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."
How do you use music to prepare for competition?
Music can either elevate my emotions or calm my nerves. Over the years I have really learned to appreciate the effect that music can have on my mind and spirit. The rhythm, beat, words, and harmony of various songs enable me to perform at my best state or set me up for a handful of emotions that keep me from moving forward.
What's the most exciting aspect of the Olympic experience?
Standing at the line and knowing that all that you have prepared for over the years comes down to one single moment. In that moment you know if you have done enough. You realize that if you are able to push the fears aside, you have done all you can and your best will be enough. If the fears take over your mind, you missed something somewhere. It is a chance to grow and see who you really are.
What's your ultimate post-race meal?
Chocolate lava molten cake with chocolate ice cream and extra hot fudge of course! Hey, I'm retired now! This is my post career meal. Okay okay…grilled chicken, brown rice, broccoli...and then the cake!