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Olympian Noelle Pikus-Pace: Medal Is a ‘Fairytale Ending’

02/20/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Noelle Pikus-Pace Sochi 2014 Olympics Streeter Lecka/Getty

For Noelle Pikus-Pace, finally winning an Olympic medal at the Sochi Winter Games was a real-life fairytale.

Pikus-Pace slid to silver in skeleton Friday as her family cheered her on. The win capped a long and trying journey for the mom of two: Her leg was shattered by a runaway bobsleigh in 2005, and she famously missed the bronze medal by one-tenth of a second at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

“After all of the hard work that not only I but my family put in to achieve this dream, it came in those minutes, those seconds,” Pikus-Pace, 31, tells PEOPLE of her Sochi success. “It really was a fairytale ending.”

One of three mothers representing Team USA, Pikus-Pace says 6-year-old daughter Lacee and 2-year-old son Traycen inspired her to reach her goal.

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