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Indiana native Nick Goepper wins silver medal at Winter Olympics


Nick Goepper of the USA Olympic team competes during the men's ski slopestyle at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Phoenix Snow Park, South Korea. Nick Goepper won the silver medal with 93.60 points.  Tribune News Service

American freestyle skier Nick Goepper earned his second career Olympic medal Saturday after finishing in second place in the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Park in Bongpyeong-myeon, South Korea.

Goepper finished less than two points behind Norwegian Oystein Braaten, who finished first. Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand finished in third place.

Goepper struggled in his first two runs during the event, which allowed each skier to make three runs down the course. He posted initial scores of 59 and 69 points.

However, Goepper's final run featured a triple cork 1440 in his final jump en route to a final score of 93.60 points. 

Braaten finished with 95 points and Beaulieu-Marchand finished with a score of 92.40 points.

Goepper was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but attended high school in Oregon before going to Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

He also earned the bronze medal in slopestyle during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  

Prior to his Olympic career, Goepper was the bronze medalist in slopestyle at the 2013 World Championships in Norway. He also won gold medals in slopestyle at X Games Aspen each year from 2013-2015.

Cameron Drummond

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