Own Your Podium


Nikola Girke

At Own Your Podium we help forward-thinking professionals create a career and life they love.  Whether we’re identifying growth opportunities, providing business and communication strategies, or establishing a plan to achieve a balance between work and play, we support and empower our clients by guiding them to take bold steps towards improving their personal and professional lives.  


Hi, I’m Nikola, and I’m dedicated to helping forward-thinking professionals define and achieve their personal concept of success.

As a coach, I teach my clients how to own their podiums by helping them uncover strengths they didn’t know they had and creating strategies to help them achieve their goals. I empower and motivate my clients by giving them the tools required to contemplate and make executive decisions, guiding them to take action towards the achievement of their professional and personal goals.

What makes me unique in the executive coaching world is that I am a former professional athlete, and among very few who have achieved a top 10 in the World across 3 different sports disciplines. Throughout my 15-year career, I’ve relied on determination, creativeness, and entrepreneurial prowess to manage my Olympic campaign, raising more than $1.8M in funds in the process. Click to read more of my story.

I have experience with both the successes and failures of being an Olympian and everything in between. But more than that I have experience being a human who is driven to genuinely help people seek more from their lives, by drawing on my unique combination of experiences and expertise. Through my company, Own Your Podium, I am grateful to be able to encourage and inspire my clients to take the first step towards achieving their goals. 

Thank you for visiting and learning a bit about me, and please contact me if you have questions or want to set up a call to discuss working together. I’d love to hear from you. 

Dare to Dream, Achieve, and Succeed with me. 

Nikola Girke



The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012 Athens Olympic Games, 2004 Beijing Olympic Games, 2008 London Olympic Games, 2012 Rio Olympic Games, 2016