Saturday, July 21, 2012

Now's the Time for Schools and Libraries to Start Planning for Winter Olympic Speakers: Consider Author and Figure Skater Nicolette House

We are heading into the London Summer Olympics, but it's not too early to start thinking about the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The 2014 Games will be hosted in Sochi in the Russian Federation. It will be the fist time the Winter Games have been hosted by Russia. The Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.

The host city Sochi has a population of 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia. We all know how time flies and skating fans will be watching the various competitions for the next two years that lead up to the Olympic competition.

Now is a good time to book ice dancer, figure skating instructor and Sporting Chance Press author, Nicolette House for a presentation. Nothing helps energize and inspire students more than a positive role model making a personal appearance. In Nicolette's program, young readers get many strong positive messages. Students get a first-hand glimpse of what it takes for a young athlete to compete at a very high level. Nicolette talks about the importance of discipline in practice, the need to respect authority and communicate with Mom and Dad, and the necessity of a healthy diet to be at one's best. Nicolette also talks about how she came to write her book: Maddie Takes the Ice, a compelling figure skating story for ages 8-12 that is an America's Battle of the Books selection and has received high marks from many reviewers and educators.

Nicolette's presentation is suited for elementary and middle/junior high school audiences and parents. It is a fun "show and tell" program that offers an up close and personal look at a positive role model for students. Nicolette is a figure skater and coach. Her mother, Ilona House is a former professional skater who coached Nicolette and has coached in Chicago and the northwest suburban area for many years.

Nicolette House is a four-time U.S Figure Skating gold medalist. Skating since the age of three, she went on to compete in European, World, and international ice dance competitions with her skating partner Aidas Reklys. Along with her Aidas, the author recently created After Dark and Military Time skating shows featuring several top international skaters. Ms. House is a recent graduate of DePaul University.

Like her presentation, her book Maddie Takes the Ice keeps readers attention with plenty of drama and social interaction--life lessons included. More on Maddie Takes the Ice. Maddie has her own web site.

If you are interested in having Nicolette speak at your school or library, please contact her at

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