When Turtles Fly

When Turtles Fly, by Nikki Stone

When Turtles Fly, by Nikki Stone

Olympic Gold Medalist Nikki Stone has written a book promoting her unique philosophy of success, a philosophy which she calls “The Turtle Effect”. Nikki explains: “The Turtle Effect was taught to me by my mother when I was a young girl. She told me that I could achieve anything I wanted to as long as I remembered to have a soft inside, a hard shell, and be sure to stick my neck out.” [1] Nikki’s book is entitled When Turtles Fly and is due out in January 2010. It can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com. 25% of the author’s net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the American Cancer Society. [2]

When Turtles Fly explores the heart-warming, humorous, and unbelievably inspiring stories of 40 extraordinarily successful individuals, including such notables as:

  • Designer Tommy Hilfiger
  • X-Games/Olympic Champ Shaun White
  • Jazz musician Branford Marsalis
  • NFL quarterback Steve Young
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Best-selling author Stephen Covey
  • Olympic skiing star Lindsey Vonn
  • and many more…

These inspirational stories are combined with Nikki’s own personal messages and daily hands-on tools to help you find your own path to success.

Nikki Stone - Aerial Skiing

Nikki Stone – Aerial Skiing

Nikki Stone knows all about flying. She has the distinction of being the first American ever to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the sport of Inverted Aerial Skiing [3], in which the skier races down a snow-covered slope toward a 12-foot snow ramp. The ramp launches the skier five stories into the air, where she does a series of twists, turns, and flips before landing (hopefully feet-first!) on the slope below.

Nikki’s Gold Medal came during the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. Less than two years prior, she had suffered a debilitating injury involving damage to two spinal discs. She was left unable to stand, and ten different doctors told her that she might never be able to ski again [3]. But ski she did! All the way to Gold.

Nikki Stone

Nikki Stone

Nikki Stone is an amazing athlete, and an even more amazing person. In November 2001, Nikki brought her Olympic Gold Medal to Waxahachie, Texas, to our house on Cumberland Road, to see my precious Ashley less than a week before Ashley died. Ashley beamed as Nikki showed her a video of the 1998 Gold Medal jump. Nikki and Ashley traded ski stories and autographed pictures. Nikki also presented Ashley with the very first Olympic Torch for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Neal White, editor for our local newspaper, the Waxahachie Daily Light, captured all the magic of Nikki’s visit in a newspaper article entitled “A real hero“.

I want to strongly encourage everyone reading this to purchase a copy of Nikki’s book, When Turtles Fly. You will be inspired and motivated by the amazing stories of people who achieved phenomenal success by applying “The Turtle Effect” principle, and your purchase will help Nikki raise money for the American Cancer Society. Oh, and one more thing. My daughter Ashley is mentioned in the book!

Ashley O'Rear and Nikki Stone - November 19, 2001

Ashley O’Rear and Nikki Stone – November 19, 2001

Paul O'Rear Signature

Photo Credits:

  1. When Turtles Fly book cover, © 2010 Nikki Stone, Used by permission.
  2. Nikki Stone – Aerial Skiing, © 2005 Podium Enterprises and Nikki Stone, Used by permission.
  3. Nikki Stone, © Nikki Stone, Used by permission.
  4. Ashley O’Rear and Nikki Stone, by Paul O’Rear.


  1. Stone, Nikki. “An Olympian’s Best Advice for ‘Bouncing Back’ from Holiday Stress.” Huffington Post (2009): Web. 20 Dec 2009.
  2. When Turtles Fly Website
  3. Podium Enterprises website
  4. When Turtles Fly (on filedby.com)

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