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.
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.”
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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.
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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.