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[r68] State’s lone Sochi Olympic medalist honored by Indiana House
Start Date: 3/3/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 3/3/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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STATEHOUSE – At the Statehouse, State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) presented a resolution to honor Indiana’s lone Sochi Olympic medalist, Nick Goepper. During a ceremony held in the House Chamber, Goepper was recognized for his incredible determination and hard work that built his legacy as one of the top slopestyle skiers in the world.


“Indiana is one of the best states in the nation because of the incredible individuals that make up our state, like Nick Goepper,” said Rep. McMillin. “From the small city of Lawrenceburg in Southeast Indiana, to a world renowned Olympic bronze medalist, Nick is a remarkable, talented young man that embodies everything great our state represents. It is an honor to be able to recognize him at the Statehouse today.”


Growing up in a Lawrenceburg, a city with just over 5,000 residents, Goepper began skiing when he was five years old at Perfect North Slopes ski resort. Goepper mowed lawns, sold candy bars and ski equipment to pay for his pass there, and on those slopes, he learned how to jump off ramps and traverse the hills at a young age. 


At 11 years old, Goepper entered his first competition, and two years later, he not only successfully landed his first double flip, he also built his own freestyle skiing park in his backyard, complete with rails and a wooden kicker.


When Goepper turned 16 years old, he enrolled at the prestigious Windells Academy in Oregon where he learned from some of the best ski instructors in that nation and had access to top-notch training facilities. Soon thereafter, Nick qualified in slopestyle for the 2011 Dew Tour and competed in the Winter X Games in France where he became ESPN’s “Rookie to Watch.” 


After competing in several other pro-level events, Goepper placed second at the Dew Tour stop No. 1 and third at Dew Tour stop No. 2 the following season. He continued his legacy in 2013 to win a gold medal during the Winter X Games in the slopestyle event as well as finished second at the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle skiing contest at Copper Mountain, an event that secured him a spot on the 2014 Olympic team.


During the Sochi Olympics, which concluded late last month, Goepper was Indiana’s lone medalist. With a total score of 92.4 points in men’s slopestyle, just 3.4 points shy of gold, he received the bronze medal and was part of an historic and rare event, the first time in slopestyle that an American team has occupied all three podium spots.


Visit www.in.gov/legislative to learn more about House Resolution 49 or visit www.teamusa.org/athletes to learn more about Nick Goepper.


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Rep. McMillin represents all of Union County and portions of Dearborn and Franklin counties.

Contact Information:
Name: Ben Gavelek
Phone: 317-234-9290
Email: ben.gavelek@iga.in.gov
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