Goepper In Good Position For Team USA After Grabbing Silver On Dew Tour
By Mike Perleberg
Nick Goepper (right) was joined by Henrick Harlaut (center) and Oystein Braaten (left) on the Dew Tour podium in Breckridge, Colorado on Saturday, December 16. Photo courtesy Ortiz, Dew Tour.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Lawrenceburg native Nick Goepper is on track to make a return to the Winter Olympics.
Goepper won bronze in ski slopestyle in Sochi, Russia in 2014. He’s hoping to qualify for the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea next February.
On Saturday, Goepper placed second in slopestyle at the Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado. It was the best finish for an American in the event, which is the second of four competitions used for qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team.
“I’m feeling good with one podium locked down (for Olympic team qualifying). It was a fun contest … I’m stoked to be the top American,” said Goepper. “I’m just going to train harder, be more focused and try to win.”
First place in Breckenridge went to Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut. Third place belonged to Norway’s Oystein Braaten. Five U.S. competitors finished in the top 10.
Goepper plans to step up his game and shoot for another podium and qualify for the Olympic team next month at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado.
Goepper will be back in his hometown later this week. He will be at Perfect North Slopes, where he learned to ski, on Saturday, December 23 for the annual Winter Welcome Rail Jam.