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 Stone came dangerously close to being sidelined from aerial skiing indefinitely.
Her tenacity and refusal to step down from a challenge brought Nikki back to the top of the freestyle skiing podium. This top spot was far from foreign to Nikki Stone, 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.
In addition to her skiing endeavors, Nikki Stone is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY. Her aerial retirement is less than restful, as she devotes time to charities such as 'Right to Play' and 'Make a Wish', performs television appearances, hosts group skiing adventures, and participates in numerous sponsor promotions for major national and international companies. Nikki Stone now resides in Park City, Utah and still remains very involved with the Olympic movement by sitting on five different Olympic and Sports Committees.
The majority of Nikki's time is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring audiences around the country explaining in detail how she achieved success and they can do the same when they "Spread Their Wings."