Pregnancy Loss and the Olympics
I watched the skeleton competition in a Nyquil-guzzling, cold-induced haze because I wanted to see if Noelle Pikus-Pace placed this Olympics. Hopefully this won’t be a spoiler for you, but she won silver, which is a huge deal considering that she retired from the sport to build her family and then decided to return to it after an 18-week pregnancy loss, which she spoke about in the mini-bio they ran during the skeleton competition.
I love her for using her platform to speak out about pregnancy loss. Unfortunately, I can’t find the video they aired where she spoke about not having answers for the loss, but how the loss shaped the athlete now at Sochi.
She’s a really amazing story of having setback after setback in her sport, and I love the message in the New York Times coverage about feeling that bump, thinking her chances were over, pushing on anyway, and getting the silver.