Nick Goepper didn’t miss many opportunities for exposure in the aftermath of winning an Olympic bronze medal Feb. 13 in slopestyle skiing.
His travels took him to New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and a hometown parade in Lawrenceburg. He appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, picked a 21-year-old Ohio woman in his win-a-date-with-Nick contest, was honored at the Indiana Statehouse and was at the L.A. premiere of the movie “Divergent.”
On Saturday, Goepper returned to what was responsible for all this attention: skiing.
In the Dumont Cup, he finished second to Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy at Newry, Maine. Kenworthy scored 94.70 points to 93.00 for Goepper, who won the event in 2011 and 2013. Kenworthy earned $12,000 and Goepper $8,000.
Joss Christensen, the gold medalist who led a 1-2-3 U.S. sweep at the Sochi Olympics, did not complete any of his three runs. The day before, he received 30 rabies shots for a dog bite he got in Bosnia after the Olympics. Coincidentally, Kenworthy was responsible for adoption of many of Sochi’s stray dogs.
Goepper, who turned 20 on March 14, is to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Cincinnati Reds’ game Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. He and other U.S. Olympians visit the White House on Thursday.