Local Skiier Earns X Games Silver Medal
Nick Goepper (left) stands at the podium after finishing his second-place run at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado Thursday night.
(Aspen, Co.) – Nick Goepper made it look easy when he claimed a silver medal at the ESPN Winter X Games Thursday night.
The 17-year-old had a near-flawless performance on his second of three runs in the men’s ski slopestyle competition in Aspen, Colorado. Judges awarded him a 94.66 for his best run of the night.
“Awesome. It feels awesome to be a rookie and be on the podium to take second is a dream come true,” he said in a press conference.
But, the breakout moment for the Lawrenceburg native didn’t come without paying his dues with lots of hard work at Perfect North Slopes.
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“It was the first time in history that slopestyle has been under the lights and it was amazing for sure. I grew up skiing in Indiana always under the lights. To ski a whole X Games slopestyle course at night under the lights was insane,” Goepper said.
Goepper’s main event performance shouldn’t have been such a shock. He posted the highest score – a 93.33 – in the preliminary elimination round earlier in the day.
Goepper attended East Central High School before transferring to Windell’s Academy in Mt. Hood Oregon which allows year-round training for snow sports.
He’s been a part of the Dew Tour since 2011 as well. He picked up a second place finish in an event last December at a tour stop in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Video of Goepper’s second place run can be found online at ESPN.com.