Motherhood Perk: Motivation to Follow Your Dreams

Olympic athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace shares tips for balancing parenting with other goals


Skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace spends her days racing down an icy track facedown on a sled. Yikes! You can spot her in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, airing on NBC this month. She chatted with Fit Pregnancy on how motherhood (she's mom to Lacee, 6, and Traycen, 2) spurred her to continue following her dreams, and how it can do the same for you.

1. "You don't have to choose. My family always comes first. I want my kids to know that you can achieve your dreams even as a mom. I don't want to give up, because what kind of example would that set? It's about going for a medal along with my family."

2. "Everybody needs a good support system. Let other people know that you have a passion, because they may help you to achieve it. It's thanks to awesome sponsors, neighbors, friends and family that we raised enough money for our family to travel together. Plus, I have an amazing husband who helps out. He even built my sled!"

3. "Forget perfect. I don't have to be perfect—nobody is. But I'm actually faster now than I was before I had kids. And if I have a tough day on the track? I know my children are the most important thing in the world, and what I do is just a sport. Life goes on."