The pressure was on at the Olympic ski slopestyle events at Phoenix Snow Park on Sunday afternoon. Nick Goepper was up to the challenge, taking home the silver for Team USA after a phenomenal final run.
Goepper won the bronze at the 2014 Sochi Games, and he was thrilled to up it to a silver. “I was thinking, this is it, this is my final chance,” he said. “I’m at my second Olympics. I want a medal.”
He continued: “I really had to dig deep. I was visualizing myself landing on the last jump, arms open just screaming, and it all came to fruition.”
For those not in the know (which included me until five minuted ago), slopestyle is when downhill skiers have to make their way through a series of obstacles and jumps. They’re judged on how they slide, twist, and flip. It’s very dope looking.
February 17, Nick Goepper tweeted:
Tomorrow is my second Olympic appearance and I’m HYPED! Make sure to watch slopestyle on NBC. Qualis and finals. So excited to be repping @TeamUSA and Indiana! 👊🏻 let’s do this. pic.twitter.com/SlmEDKcQK8
— Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) February 17, 2018
After the win he tweeted:
— Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) February 18, 2018
About Nick Goepper:Nick Goepper is an American freeskier. He has won three gold medals and a silver at the Winter X Games in the Slopestyle contest, as well as a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Nick again represented the United States in slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, winning a silver medal.