SALT LAKE CITY — Nikki Stone won an Olympic gold medal, but another life changing event is the reason the now best-selling author and motivational speaker works to spread the word about healthy lifestyles: her father’s heart attack.
Stone’s childhood ambition was to win Olympic gold.
“I had dreamt of winning a gold medal since I was five years old,” she said.
But the journey from childhood hopes to realizing that goal wasn’t easy.
“There were a number of challenges in order to get to that Olympic gold,” she said. “I actually had to overcome my fear of heights, and going 50 feet in the air for aerial skiing, it was an enormous challenge.”
The fear may have been in her head, but Stone faced physical challenges as well. Stone injured her spine, and doctors told her she’d never ski again. That didn’t stop Stone, who won the gold medal in Japan 18 months later.