VIDEO: Nick Goepper Arrives Home
By Mike Perleberg
(Hebron, Ky.) – Southeast Indiana Olympic medalist Nick Goepper is back in his home state.
Goepper, 19, arrived from New York City at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport Tuesday afternoon. It was his first time back in the area since he claimed the bronze in men’s ski slopestyle at the recently completed Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
He was greeted by his siblings and friends. Each one gave him a big hug as he came out of the gate.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for the last three weeks. Everything has been so crazy with all the traveling and the Olympics hype,” he said at the airport. “I want to go home, hug my parents, and hopefully throw my ski stuff on and go to Perfect North.”
After the airport, Goepper’s first stop was to Lawrenceburg High School, where his sister Kasey attends school. All students from the district gathered in the high school gym to give him an Olympic-worthy reception. In turn, Nick told the students they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.
“Everyone has potential to achieve their dreams. This Olympic experience has been a dream of mine the last couple years since slopestyle was announced (as an Olympic sport). The whole journey has been incredible,” Goepper told the student body, adding he hopes to attend at least three more Olympic games.
Goepper said he’ll name his social media #IWantToDateNickGoepper winner later this week. He’s thinking he’ll take the girl to New York City.
“I’m looking for someone with uniqueness, creativity, humor. Kind of the whole package,” he said.