Hoosier Freestyle Skier Nick Goepper Wins Silver In Pyongchang
PYONGCHANG, South Korea -- Just when it looked like the U.S. would miss the podium altogether in the men's freestyle ski slopestyle, Nick Goepper came to the rescue.
Goepper is from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the only Hoosier athlete part of Team USA at the Pyongchang Winter Olympics. He nailed his third and final run with a score of 93.60 to go from ninth to the silver medal.
"Before my last run, I was visualizing myself landing the last jump, arms open, screaming," said Goepper, a silver medalist this time around after Sunday's men's ski slopestyle final. "I had to dig deep and trust myself, and it all came to fruition."
— Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) February 18, 2018
U.S. teammate Gus Kenworthy failed to land a clean run in his three attempts and finished last out of 12 skiers. Oystein Brattan of Norway won the gold medal (95.00) and Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand grabed the bronze medal (92.40).
Kenworthy and Goepper were on the podium four years ago as part of a United States sweep on the men's ski slopestyle competition at the Sochi Games. Kenworthy was the silver medalist behind gold medalist Joss Christensen and Goepper took home the bronze.
Goepper says even though he came from an area where their isn't a lot of "great skiing", he says he is "very stoked on his roots" here in Indiana.
"Growing up at Perfect North Slopes, I honestly think I had the best childhood situation for doing what I'm doing now," Goepper said. "I'm so glad I medaled at these Olympics. Now I'm going to be looking forward to Beijing in 2022."
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