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Noelle Pikus-Pace prepares for skeleton competition with family time
Noelle Pikus-Pace prepares for skeleton competition with family time

SOCHI, Russia — In the days leading up to the biggest skeleton race of her career, Noelle Pikus-Pace did something world-class athletes rarely do: She took some time off to soak in the Olympic atmosphere with her husband and children. The United States' top racer participated in only two of six official training runs here, passing on opportunities to familiarize herself with the course and its unusual uphill passes. It's an unorthodox approach — especially with the women's competition starting Thursday — but it's one that has worked for Pikus-Pace since she came out of retirement two years ago. "Being a mom is my first priority and it always...

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