Athlete Spotlight: Nick Goepper
Nick Goepper's burst on to the freeskiing scene may have started on a small hill in the Midwest, but it's clear fans are going to see big things from the Olympic bronze medalist in the coming seasons. Nick is ramping up for the 2014-2015 season with some summer training (he just released a summer edit) and he hopes to continue adding to his impressive roster of results.
Name: Nicholas Charles Goepper
Sport: Freeskiing (slopestyle)
How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: I decided to compete for the first time when I was 11. I entered a big air contest at my home resort in Indiana. I tried to do a little straight air with a grab, ended up not even making it over the jump, and placed 42nd out of 45 competitors.
Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I would say the biggest accomplishment of my career so far is winning slopestyle at the Winter X Games this past season.
Favorite moment from Sochi: My favorite moment from Sochi was landing my finals run and skiing out of the last jump knowing that I was getting to get a good score!
Goals for next season: My goals for next season are to do well in competitions, film, and have as much fun skiing as I did last year!
Favorite snow destination: My favorite snow destination has to be Colorado. Simply because they have the best terrain parks in the world and thats my favorite thing to do!
Favorite non-snow destination: My favorite non-snow destination would have to be the west coast! I love surfing and exploring California and the Pacific Northwest.
Favorite candy: Nutter Butter or Reese's.
If you weren't a professional athlete what would you be: If I wasn't a professional athlete I would be a full time college student!
If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would it be: I would have dinner with Kelly Slater.
One thing you can’t live without: I can't live without being passionate about something in my life. Right now it's skiing!
Favorite USSA athlete outside your sport: I really admire Lindsey Vonn and all the work she has put into her career time after time.
Advice to others who want to follow in your footsteps: When the going gets tough, even if the engine fails, break out the oars and keep charging forward!