Nikki Stone
Nikki Stone

Nikki Stone

Olympic Gold Medal Aerial Skiing Champion and Peak Performance Expert

Speaking Topics

  • Sports/Adventure
  • Peak Performance
  • Inspiration
  • Excellence
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Women in Business

Travels From

  • UT

Speaker's Fee Range

    $7,500 - $10,000

Nikki Stone

Nikki Stone's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, Nikki Stone became America's first-ever Olympic champion in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made Nikki Stone's performance so unbelievable was the fact that less than two years earlier, a chronic injury prevented her from standing, much less walking or skiing down a slope at almost 40 miles per hour off a 12-foot wall of snow that launches aerialists 5 stories into the air.

WOW!!! We knew you were going to be good, but you still managed to exceed all expectations. Your remarks were truly moving … [they] were the perfect "wrap up" for our meetings, and sent everyone home feeling like we can (and do) make a difference. Thank you for providing a real boost of encouragement and motivation… We are truly fortunate to be associated with you.

-- Children's Miracle Network

Nikki Stone’s empowering book, When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out, was an Amazon bestseller. When Turtles Fly includes inspirational stories from successful individuals from all different arenas (politicians, actors/actresses, Fortune 500 business executives, musicians, bestselling authors, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, etc).  In addition, Nikki Stone is a contributing author to the inspirational book Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America's Greatest Olympic Motivators, and writes articles and columns for a number of magazines, newspapers and websites. 

Ten different doctors told Nikki Stone that, due to the unrecoverable spinal disc damage, she would have to face the likelihood that she might never strap on a pair of skis again. Nikki Stone fought back against insurmountable odds to reach the sport's highest acclaim atop the Olympic podium. Nikki's tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge also helped her earn 35 World Cup podiums, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles and two Overall World Grand Prix titles.

Recognized as the 2008 International Professional Speaker of the Year by the American Speakers Bureau Corporation, today Nikki Stone travels around the world working as a sought-after inspirational speaker, ski host, and sports psychology consultant sharing her secrets to success by encouraging and motivating her clients to "Spread their wings."
More About Nikki Stone . . .
Nikki Stone's remarkable athletic achievements include: the 1998 Olympic gold medalist in aerial skiing, 35 World Cup medals, 11 World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, a World Championship title and the first pure aerialist ever (male or female) to become the yearlong Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion. Nikki Stone also sits on five different Olympic and sports committees.

Nikki Stone’s contributions span far beyond her professional endeavors. She devotes time to charities such as Right To Play, the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation & the American Cancer Society. She also hosts group skiing adventures and participates in numerous sponsor promotions for major national and international companies. 

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Nikki Stone is also a Magna Cum Laude undergraduate of Union College in New York and a Summa Cum Laude Master's graduate of the University of Utah in the field of Sports Psychology. With her incredible academic record and her remarkable presentation skills, Nikki Stone was asked to work as a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah.
Suggested Keynote Programs
  • When Turtles Fly: Finding Your Turtle Effect
    Sticking your neck out to reach your goals
  • Only Some Want to Fly: Striving for Excellence in Sports, Business, & Life
  • Knocking Down Those Walls: Turning your Obstacles into Hurdles
  • You Cannot Get to the Top Alone: Using Teamwork to Achieve your Goals
  • We Only Live Once, Make it Count: Taking the Risk to Be Your Best
  • Watch Out World, Here Come the Women: Women in Sports & Business Reaching New Heights
What People Are Saying

"I valued the way you gathered input regarding our firm's focus so you could include the information in your remarks. This truly surprised the audience since you spoke without using your notes and sprinkled quite a few bits of pertinent information within the talk. You are a true professional…"

Deborah A. Kirby, Director of Marketing;
Parr, Waddoups, Brown, Gee and Loveless

"You really drew on all of our emotions and we were able to find our human-life (and business-life) parallels with your amazing story… It really was a special treat to see you jump the night before [in the Utah Olympic Park aerial water ramp show] – which everyone thought was awesome. I know that your impression will last with all of us FOREVER!"

Sophie Penkrat, Associate Marketing Manager,
Country Home

"You truly were the highlight of our sales recognition trip… You captured the hearts of every single person in that room and I'm confident that you made each a stronger person… The feedback from my team was all ‘top box'. You're dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm is unparalleled and you can definitely count on us calling on your services again in the future. Thanks for enriching our lives."

Russ Garner, Fidelity Investments

"What you said at the meeting is exactly what our sales employees needed to hear. I want to also thank you…for taking the time to go over with me what were the needs of our employees and then very strategically inserting it into your speech as if it was a total part of the program. I would highly recommend you to any company that is looking for a motivational speaker."

Lonnie Owen, AT&T Wireless

"You not only eloquently related your phenomenal story, but did so in a language that directly impacted our group. I loved the Turtle Effect and the tools (and items) you gave us to ensure that we continued that motivation and success long after the conference adjourned…your presentation helped bring out the best of the other information we gained [at the conference]."

Chris Williams, VP, John Hancock