Pearl Girl Bonnie St. John has been having a whirlwind of a summer! We recently caught up with her when she gave the Huffington Post an insider view on the London Olympics…
As the Olympic Games in London approach, I want to be sure everyone remembers to also pay attention to the second part of our international Olympic experience — the Paralympic Summer Games, held in the same British venues, from August 29th through September 9th. This spectacular competition is sure to be every bit as exciting as the first Olympic session — often even more so. The extraordinary achievements of these incredible athletes are nothing short of amazing.
Two years ago, I was invited to go to Canada as a member of the official Presidential Delegation to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. I was thrilled to once again represent my country in a Paralympic milieu, albeit from the cushy sidelines of the VIP seats. To serve side by side with distinguished fellow Paralympians Jim Martinson, Mike May, and Melissa Stockwell, not to mention a Special Assistant to the president, two Cabinet members, and the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, was one of the most exciting honors I have ever experienced…
Be sure to read the rest of Bonnie exciting insider look at the London Olympics at the Huffington Post.
Bonnie and her daughter, Darcy’s new book, How Great Women Lead, has recently been chosen for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” book club. They will be doing an online chat on August 2nd, so be sure to mark you calendars and tune in!
Bonnie is a 1984 Paralympics silver medal winner in ski racing. Her education includes a degree with honors from Harvard, a Rhodes scholarship, and an M.Litt in Economics from Oxford. Her career includes positions as an award-winning sales rep for IBM and a Clinton White House member of staff. She now is a much-in-demand speaker, who makes nearly 100 speeches each year to corporations and civic groups. You can visit her on the Web at www.bonniestjohn.com.