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Get to know Nick Goepper (Olympic Slopestyle Skier)

Name: Nick Goepper Event: Freestyle Skiing (Slopestyle) Stats: 19; 5’11″; 145 lbs Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Ind. Olympic Record: None Background: Indiana may seem like one of the least likely places to find an Olympic skier, but Nick Goepper has emerged as one of the brightest stars in his sport. In 2013, he was ranked first by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals and also took home the gold medal at the Winter X Games. Goepper isn’t just a savvy skier, but also a savvy personality. He was nicknamed “Heartthrob” at the 2013 Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., where he also took first place. He’s also appeared on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” explaining what freestyle skiing is to the TV host.
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@curtis no i didnt. do you have a link to it/
Did you see the video of him talking about how he got the funding?
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