PROVO, Utah. — A television show with a loyal following called All Around Champion is starring a Utah native athlete this season. Lacee Pace, teenage daughter of Noelle Pikus-Pace, joined the cast for the upcoming third season. Lacee is a competitive pole vaulter in Utah County and will showcase her talents against other boys and girls who participate in summer sports.
Winter sports, by contrast, are where Lacee’s mother Noelle’s talents lie as evidenced by the silver medal she brought home to Utah from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in the sport of Skeleton.
Shot in Canada, All Around Champion introduces a group of teenagers to one another, then each week one of their specialized sports is highlighted. The athlete who has competed for a good chunk of their brief but relatively successful athletic career in that weeks sport assumes the role of coach for an episode. The rest learn and have little competitions amongst each other. The once-strangers bond over teenage challenges on and off the field and become fast friends while picking up new physical and social skills applicable to their lives.
Last season saw Noelle in a special appearance on one episode of this BYU tv program. Adult champions of the respective sports mentor the young athletes each week.
Cast members hail from all over the U.S. and Canada, but Lacee is the first Utahn. Last season one of the cast members, Estella Hassrick, had trained extensively at the UOP in her sport of nordic ski jumping but lives in the Central United States. Utah Olympic speed skating medalist Derek Parra, who won at in the Salt Lake 2002 Games and now runs the same Utah Olympic Oval venue, also appeared as a mentor on an episode last season.
Some of the sports on the first two seasons were skateboarding, luge, mountain biking, figure skating, wake boarding, moguls and ice climbing. This season’s sports will all be revealed on night one.
Season three premiers on BYU tv this Tuesday, March 30 at 6pm (MST.)