1 Noelle Pikus-Pace is the feel-good story of the year. Pikus-Pace (right) regained the world skeleton title last Friday, 15 months after a runaway bobsled shattered her right leg and nearly ended her career.
2 Skier Julia Mancuso could become the first U.S. woman since Tamara McKinney in 1983 to win the World Cup overall title. After a run of five top-three finishes, Mancuso is third in the standings.
3 At the Boston Indoor Games, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia outdid countrywoman Meseret Defar in their battle for the title of world's best female distance runner, smashing her own 5,000-meter record.