Goepper ready to bring medal home to Indiana

Friends watched Goepper from Perfect North (WLWT image)
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Nick Goepper was beaming during the medal ceremony last night. The 19-year-old from Lawrenceburg won bronze in the Ski Slopestyle event, where he was part of the American medal sweep.

Joss Christensen's gold, Russ Kenworthy's silver and Goepper's bronze represent the first 1,2,3 finish for Team USA here at the Sochi games. 

He's happy. "I just want to thank God for an amazing day, and shout out to my friends and my family and everyone back home," said Nick.

"I want to get back to the states and just go home and ski in Indiana," Nick said regarding what's next for him. 

Nick is ready to get back to Perfect North, his home course, where they had a viewing party to watch his competition last night.

"When he won the bronze, his run was so good and so clean and so technical I was a little surprised," said Goepper's friend, Nick Ohlhaut. "But we're just more than stoked he got a medal and is bringing it back to this small town."

"I think he is the forefather of Olympic slope style skiing," said Anthony Ohlhaut. "He's such a big name - number one in the world. And when you're watching last night, too, you got that impression "oh here's Nick Goepper, number one in the world.' And we're at home…like, this is our neighbor. This is our friend."

Goepper is in for another busy day. He will be featured on the Today Show, and plans to leave Russia before the Closing Ceremony.