Olympic Gold Medalist, Award-Winning
Motivational Speaker, and Best-Selling Author
At the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, Nikki Stone became America’s first-ever Olympic Champion in the sport of inverted aerial skiing. What made this 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. Nikki came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely.
Olympics and the World Cup Skiing
Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki Stone back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki, as throughout her career she earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two yearlong Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title. She also became the first pure aerialist ever (male or female) to become the yearlong Overall Freestyle World Cup Champion.
Nikki now travels around the world working as a sought-after inspirational speaker sharing her secrets to success. Nikki has spoken for hundreds of thousands now, including startups all the way to Fortune 500 corporations—some of her clients include John Hancock, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, American Express, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Procter and Gamble, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Visa, 3M, New York Life, Johnson and Johnson, Hilton Hotels, Anheuser Busch, 3M, and many more. Nikki was even named the International Professional Speaker of the Year one year from American Speakers Bureau Corporation. She encourages and inspires her audiences to find their Turtle Effect by realizing their passions, triumphing over obstacles and take life-enhancing risks, like she did, to reach extraordinary goals that may initially seem unattainable.
Because of Nikki’s successful background, the U.S. Olympic Committee engaged her to help train the current and upcoming athletes on overcoming challenges, finding motivation, and dealing with these pressures at the Olympic Games. And due to her constant referrals as a motivational speaker, the United States Olympic Committee also contracted Nikki to train the Olympians in speaking, presentation, and mentoring skills.
Nikki also authored the empowering book, When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out, which was honored as an Amazon bestseller. Nikki was invited on the Today Show to share the success of the book. 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, and more) and after each story, Nikki gives readers different activities that they can perform to help reinforce the behavior needed for success in their own business and lifestyle.
Stone also writes articles and columns for a number of magazines, newspapers, and websites, including the Huffington Post. Nikki is also a contributing author to the inspirational book Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America’s Greatest Olympic Motivators.
In addition to her skiing, authoring, and speaking endeavors, Nikki 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. Nikki has helped counsel athletes in helping them strive towards world class productivity and performance. With her incredible academic record and her remarkable presentation skills, Nikki was asked to work as a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah voted Nikki “Student of the Year” and asked her to work as a Visiting Professor to teach a class on Leadership.
Nikki’s contributions span far beyond her professional careers, as she devotes time to charities such as “Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation, “The Make-A-Wish Foundation” & “American Cancer Society”, hosts group skiing adventures, and participates in numerous sponsor promotions for major national and international companies. She has also remained very involved philanthropically by sitting on five different Olympic, sport, and charitable committees.
You may have seen Nikki through her numerous television appearances on such shows as The Today Show (4 separate times), Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, CNN Early Addition, MSNBC Morning Line, ESPN’s Cold Pizza, FOX News Sports Express, CNN Business As Unusual, and FOX Sports News live. You could have also caught Nikki in one of her nationally televised commercials for companies like Chevrolet and Visa.
Nikki now resides in Park City, Utah and continually works to help people stick their necks out to reach whatever their gold medal may be.
WORLD-CLASS LEADERSHIP: The Strategies and Tools for Everyone to Be a Champion
You don’t just decide to be the best; you have to build up every aspect of yourself to get there. You can, however, decide to work to be the best. As the old saying goes “champions aren’t born, they are made”. Olympic Gold Medalists have reached a level of success that very few people in the world have achieved. It starts by setting a culture of performance and excellence. Nikki wrote a bestselling book called When Turtles Fly: Secrets of Successful People Who Know How to Stick Their Necks Out and asked individuals from a variety of fields why they were successful. They were Noble Prize Winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, Movie Stars, National Correspondents, Olympians, Philanthropists, Musicians, Military Heroes and more. The one group that could consistently tell Nikki why they were so successful was the Olympians. They constantly look to understand their strengths and how they can improve their weaknesses. Learn how to be at your best from someone who studied and lived this for decades.
WORLD-CLASS FOCUS: The Secrets to Increasing Productivity and the Bottom Line
The people who have risen to the top and stayed at the top have world-class focus. Champions need to stay focused amidst changing environments and conditions and must be resilient and solid when things occur that are unplanned and/or have the potential to upset the plan. We need to determine where we are going and why it matters. It’s important to set the attitudes, mindsets, policies, practices and expectations for the culture of discipline. Olympic champions have mastered world-class focus and you can learn from the best.
WORLD-CLASS INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION: The Difference Between Showing Up and Winning the Gold Medal
World-class performers dig deeper, push further, fight harder, and stand taller in their pursuit of the top tier of their professions. Everyone works hard when they feel like it, when they are having a good day and when they get results. The world-class champions work hard when it’s no longer convenient to do so. Discover the assets that champions have working for them and the concepts they can use to beat off the competition. Every winning athlete or team must address the issue of how to stand out from the rest of the competition. Business men and women need to do the same. Champions do creative thinking outside the box, learn lessons from taking chances and learn from their failures. No one wins doing the same thing.
WORLD-CLASS TEAMWORK: How To Create a Results-Driven Team With Purpose, Focus and Balanced Leadership
The U.S. Team has always been a force to be reckoned with at the Olympic Games. There are a number of factors that make them such an incredibly robust powerhouse. They have learned a clear understanding of developing strong communication, conflict resolution, trusty leaders, mutual compassion, cooperative goals and compelling buy-in. These are the same skills that make a powerful AND proud business entity. It is essential to figure out the ties and communication that will give everyone their greatest support and produce the strongest collective results.