Nikki Stone, 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist in freestyle inverted aerial skiing, comes on the show to talk about her success in the Olympics, and how a simple principle taught to her by her mother—The Turtle Effect—has helped her achieve success not only in sports, but in business and in life as well.



  • Paul O’Rear (Host)
  • Nikki Stone (Guest)


  • 0:28 Nikki Stone teaser clip
  • 1:28 Paul introduces Nikki
  • 2:18 Nikki explains freestyle inverted aerial skiing
  • 5:54 Nikki talks about her childhood dream of “winning the ‘lympics” and introduces The Turtle Effect
  • 9:17 Nikki talks about what it takes to become an Olympic athlete
  • 12:32 Nikki talks about her gold medal jump
  • 17:39 Nikki talks about what it was like to be awarded the gold medal
  • 21:08 Nikki talks about the spinal injury that almost derailed her career
  • 25:30 Nikki talks about her recovery
  • 31:35 Curiosity Channel ad
  • 32:12 Knock Knock Ninja
  • 32:44 Howdy, Mimi!
  • 34:23 William Shakespeare quote
  • 35:02 Nikki talks about The Turtle Effect
  • 41:42 Nikki talks about her book, When Turtles Fly
  • 51:37 Paul and Nikki talk about how to get a copy of Nikki’s book
  • 52:14 Book Giveaway
  • 52:55 Curiosity Channel ad
  • 53:44 Five Fun Facts about the Olympics
  • 54:51 Paul talks about his daughter Ashley, and about Nikki’s 2001 visit
  • 1:00:41 Nikki talks about her 2001 visit to the O’Rear home
  • 1:06:38 Wrap-up
  • 1:07:36 Disclaimer
  • 1:08:27 BNRTT


  • The Turtle Effect: “In order to be successful you have to be soft on the inside, you have to have a hard shell, and you have to be willing to stick your neck out.” – Nikki Stone -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “You learn a lot more on the hard days.” – Nikki Stone -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • To be a top-performing athlete, you don’t focus on what other people are doing. You just focus on doing your very best, and then let the chips fall where they may.
  • Being a winner requires both confidence and humility.
  • It’s amazing what you can overcome!
  • “Life is a roller coaster. Without the ups and downs, there is no excitement.” -Nikki Stone -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “The brave do not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” – Nikki Stone’s grandmother -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-
  • “Trust in God, and never give up.” – Ashley O’Rear -{THAT’S TWEETABLE}-


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Ashley and Nikki Stone, November 19, 2001
Ashley O’Rear and Nikki Stone, November 19, 2001
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  • Factmonster Staff. “Olympics Fun Facts.” Fact Monster. Sandbox Networks, Inc. , February 21, 2017.
  • Hobbs, Amy J. “Ancestor’s Heritage” (poem) from the book Mammy’s Poems: A Collection of Poems by Amy J. Hobbs, edited by Paul O’Rear. Waxahachie, TX: Cumberland Chiles Press, 2019, p. 10.
  • Hutyra, Hannah. “Famous Quotes.” Keep Inspiring Me., August 29, 2017.

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