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Olympic gold medalist

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.”