Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 28, 2014

Area skier looks forward to Olympics

When the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia in February, southeastern Indiana will be represented by Nick Goepper.

The son of Chris and Linda Goepper, Lawrenceburg, is ranked No. 1 in a new event, skiing slopestyle, according to the Olympics Team USA Web site. “It is a lot like skateboarding. There are jumps and rail obstacles that you must do your best trick on. It involves a run filled with jumps and rails, and once you get to the bottom, you are judged on the overall impression of your run,” he says.

He has come a long way from when he put on skis for the first time. “I grew up skiing at Perfect North Slopes (Lawrenceburg), a little 300-foot hill in southeastern Indiana …. My mom got me started skiing when I was 5 years old. At first I hated it, though, because I couldn’t wiggle my feet. I was cold, and I wasn’t good at it. It was new, and I didn’t like that change.”

However, Goepper soon grew to love it. “I did my first back flip when I was 11 years old. It was at that moment that I got hooked to flipping and flying through the air. I loved the adrenaline rush that skiing gave me. It was the overcoming your fears aspect of the sport that I craved.”

The Windells Academy, Oregon, 2012 graduate says, “Getting out of Indiana to go pursue a skiing career was one of my biggest challenges. There was also dealing with the adversity of being from Indiana and trying to re-learn all my tricks to compete in the big leagues.”

Even though he has been injured in the sport – “I’ve had a few concussions, broken a few bones and had a fair amount of stitches. It comes with the territory” – he still enjoys “the creativity and the plethora of personalities and characters it produces. The ability to be creative is synonymous with freedom. The people I get to share my experiences with mean the world to me.”

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