Goepper Gets Bronze In Slopestyle; #CongratsNick
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Dearborn County is now home to an Olympic medalist.
Nick Goepper, 19, from Hidden Valley, competed in the men’s ski slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia early Thursday morning. Goepper scored a 92.4 on his first final run to earn the bronze medal.
Two fellow Americans finished ahead of Goepper. Joss Christensen excelled with a 95.8 in the finals to take the gold. Gus Kenworthy earned the silver.
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The day started with drama for Goepper. He fell on the first of his two qualifying runs, ending the opening round in 26th place. But he did what a world #1 does: he bounced back in a big way on his second run earning an 87.00 from the judges and moving up to 4th and onto the finals.
In his first final run, Goepper began to set himself apart from most of the remaining finalists. He earned a 92.40 on the attempt, good for first place for a moment. Then Christensen threw down a 95.80 to move ahead.
Entering the second final round – the last chance – it shaped up as a showdown between Goepper and Christiansen. Just before Goepper, Kenworthy scored a huge run to move into second. Goepper’s final run was clean but conservative and he was awarded a 61.80. By the time Christensen was the final skier to come down the hill, his final run was simply a victory lap.
The three American medalists embraced at the end of the competition, exhibiting team and Olympic spirit.
A sweep of men’s slopestyle skiing has put the U.S. in a tie for the overall medal lead at the Winter Olympics. The U.S. is now tied with Norway with 12 total medals. Both the nations have four golds. Canada and the Netherlands are tied for third with ten medals each.
If you missed it live online, the men’s ski slopestyle event with Goepper will still be televised nationally in primetime Thursday. The tape-delayed broadcast starts at 8:00 p.m. on NBC, channel 5 WLWT-TV locally.
There will be watch parties at Perfect North Slopes where Goepper grew up skiing, and Willie’s Sports Café in Hidden Valley. Both events are open to the public.
— Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) February 13, 2014