The Olympics are fast approaching and I just recently came across a very awesome Olympian. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other night and saw a picture of some Winter Olympians at the Golden Globes. One guy in particular caught my eye cause, so I decided to look him up. My search only made him more appealing to me. Much to my surprise he is from Indiana… and I love Indiana boys.
Hoosier Nick Goepper
With Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes
Goepper is a slopestyle skier.
Slopestyle means he does crazy stuff like this:
He is only the sixth winter Olympian from Indiana.
Proudly representing all us Hoosiers
As far as flow goes Goepper is pretty solid, it’s not long now, but he’s rocking those curls for girls.
Curls for Girls
Previously he has worn his hair longer.
The twenty year-old Nick’s journey to the top of slopestyle skiing is quite the story. He originates from Lawrenceburg, IN which is 479 feet above sea level, a far cry from some of the mountains he skies on now.
Not in Lawrenceburg
Lawrenceburg does have a ski resort though which is where Nick first tried the sport and where he first tried tricks and jumps.
Working his way to doing this
He devoted a lot of time and energy to skiing and it has certainly paid off for him.
During the winter Nick competed all across the Midwest. Back in Indiana he worked all year to come up with the money to purchase a ski pass.
Eventually though he needed to go elsewhere to continue to hone his craft. He would need even more money to go to a ski academy. Nick again took on fundraising responsibilities once his dad was laid off. He solicited donations, did yard work and sold candy bars on the bus to try to fund his tuition. Sadly he was unsuccessful but by this time word had gotten around about his skill and he “auditioned” for and received full scholarship to a ski academy in Oregon.
Since heading out to Oregon Nick’s ski career has taken off. He’s won a gold and silver at the X Games and has won other events. He secured his spot on the Olympic team with a second place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix contest in December.
He’s no. 1 in the world currently and is a favorite to win Gold for the US in the inaugural slopestyle event at the Olympics.
He’ll look even better with a gold medal around his neck
He has big plans for a gold medal if he wins it. He plans to hang it around a stuffed animal back home in his room in Indiana.
I certainly hope he’ll the chance to do just that. Good Luck Nick!
Some more reading and viewing material about Goepper