I am a Noelle Pikus-Pace fan. Last week, I had no idea who she was.
Well, isn't that special.
Noelle, thanks for wearing your YM necklace. Great to see people standing up
for what is right.
Yes, as a matter of fact, it is special.
I have great admiration for any person who dedicates years to a worthwhile goal
and succeeds despite great challenge and adversity. I also applaud the similar
story of Alexander Zubkov and others who exemplify the deeper Olympic ideals. To
see Nicole stand up for her country, faith, family and values is inspiring. How
anyone could make light of her story or belittle her performance is not just
disappointing but completely baffling - and extremely small-minded. You have
done great things Nicole, and the medal is just one of them! I stand in awe.
And? So she wore a Mormon necklace. How many athletes prayed the Catholic
Rosary? Stay tuned tomorrow.
What a great role model for young women everywhere!Congratulations,
Noelle, on holding to your standards, being a light to the world, and living
I didn't notice the necklace. But I sure did notice her shout out to the
youth when being interviewed just after her win.Nice.
Great role model! Good person! Go Noelle!
To L. Jimmy and Ilk: It's not about the necklace - as with Lance
Armstrong, it wasn't "about the bike." The necklace and bike are
symbols of values: commitment, hope, persistence. Noelle didn't let a
miscarriage, injuries, motherhood keep her from athletic achievement - and she
did it while succeeding as a mother and a person. Armstrong overcame near-fatal
cancer to accomplish great victories unfortunately tarnished by his later drug
decisions. When athletes give us inspiring stories of achievement in the face of
adversity: Pikus-Pace, Zubkov, Strug, Tebow, E. Moses, K. Gibson, Zamperini,
etc. - the least we can do is lay aside our religious or political differences
and applaud exceptional human achievement. If they choose to symbolize their
efforts and achievement with a Te-Bow, rosary, necklace, black glove, what ever,
we can look beyond their symbol and appreciate the victory. We can be better and
act better because of their example - if we choose.
I was impressed with the Russian and Latvian ice skaters/dancers who competed
wearing their cross necklaces. That is just as noteworthy as Noelle if not more
so especially because they come from a history of the former Soviet Union that
persecuted religious people.
If anyone doesn't know what the necklaces are then she's just another
pretty face. For those who know what the necklaces are a sense of camaraderie
and possibly a resolve to be open about beliefs can be found. It's
shortsighted to condemn either her for wearing them or the DN for writing about
it just because you find no value in it. I applaud her for sharing her faith
and for being a good role model for those who are looking for it.
Being an Olympian is being committed to a cause. Congrats to all the Olympians!
Congrats to Noelle Pikus-Pace and others for being committed to their religious
beliefs as well as to their sport! Congrats to those who have no religious
beliefs but are still committed to causes important to them! Would that we all
seek for the stars rather than being among the many who are mediocre and go with
the crowd! I've been a runner for over 40 years. I don't race, and I
run because I enjoy it. Every day that I go running is another day I show my
commitment to things other than TV.
The Young Women's Medallion is not like the Rosary, which is a religious
artifact. The Young Women's Medallion is a symbol of the woman's
culmination of fulfilling hard-earned requirements in the Personal Progress
Program, akin to an Eagle award in scouting. It is a symbol of achievement as
well as a symbol of standards and beliefs. The other medallion, the torch, is
the medallion that every young woman receives when she enters the Personal
Progress Program. Though this program is for the young women of the church (ages
12 to 18 or high school graduate), mothers, Young Women leaders, and other adult
women are also encouraged to earn their Young Women Medallion.
To all you cynics out there...Just be quiet. I'm absolutely proud of her
and it is a human interest story that resonates with most of us that live here
To: Flashback - I'm with you girl...your comment brought a big smile to my
face and my heart. There are absolutely too many cynics in our world. Thank you
for your comment. You are what is good about Utah - my Utah that I love.
I am an active LDS member. I cannot understand why the commenter "bw00ds,
Tucson AZ" seems offended that another person would compare the Young Women
necklace with the Catholic rosary. Both are symbols of religious faith and
devotion. I do not understand why Tucson commenter wants to make the LDS
@ILH, West Jordan UT,I do not understand why Tucson commenter wants to make the
LDS necklace "better". RE:bw00ds, “Young Women
leaders, and other adult women are also encouraged to earn their Young Women
Medallion.” While the cross is a sign of what God does for
individuals,(a free gift) for those who believe in Jesus."Salvation" is not universal but based on the belief of each
individual (Rom 1:16,Heb 9:28,Eph 2:8-10).… the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us: (1 John 3:16)God on the cross.the
message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who
are being saved it is the power of God(1 Cor 1:18)
@ILH. As donn mentioned, I don't think bw00ds was saying the LDS necklace
was better so much as telling LiberalJimmy that anyone of the Catholic faith (or
other Christian denominations) can wear a cross as a sign that they believe in
what God has done for them, but that the Young Women's Medallion has to be
earned. It shows not just a belief in God and his atonement for man, but that
you have served and worked toward the goals outlined in the Young Women's
program. So not necessarily better, just a different meaning.