Remember Nikki Stone – the Waterville Valley Academy and BBTS alum who won gold at the Nagano Winter Olympics? In a story written by John Swinconeck that appears in today’s Leicester Daily Voice, she reveals what it feels like to compete on a global stage.
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s been 14 years since former Westborough resident Nikki Stone won America’s first gold medal in aerial skiing at the Nagano Winter Olympics. Watching the London summer games today, she vividly remembers the intense pressure and huge emotions that come with Olympic competition.
“I can still feel it,” she said in a phone interview from her home in Park City, Utah. “It’s still so fresh and raw for me.”
Stone moved with her family to Westborough when she was 5, and always had Olympic aspirations. She worked hard at gymnastics, but said she was “too tall” for the sport when she attended Westborough High School.
She attended [the Waterville Valley Academy] skiing academy at Waterville Valley, N.H., spending half the school year there, and half in Westborough. “The high school was wonderful. They understood how to dream big,” she said.