Hoosier skier Goepper ready to chase Olympic dream

Nick Goepper with Anne Marie Tiernon and Dave Calabro in Sochi.
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An Indiana Olympian is already considered a rock star of the Winter Games.

Nick Goepper grew up skiing down the hills at Perfect North in Lawrenceburg. He goes for the gold Thursday night in freeskiing slopestyle.

Eyewitness News caught up with Goepper Monday after a day of practicing on the slopes of Sochi.

"Course is great, we're out here having a lot of fun. All my friends are out here, my family's showing up soon, couldn't ask for better weather, too," Goepper said. "These mountains are totally beautiful, they've done an amazing job here in Sochi at all the venues and the course is really fun, too."

The 19-year-old got his start at home in his family's Indiana living room.

"Got started doing backflips off my couch when I was like eight years old and it turned into this, so....it's crazy," he said.

Asked what he would do if he won gold, Goepper thought of his parents.

"I'd probably buy my mom and dad a new car," he said.

This is the first Olympics for Goepper's event, which he calls "exciting" and "exhilarating."

"It's creative. There's personality and I think it's going to be a really fun thing to watch on February 13," he said. "I have my plan in my head, I've got my visual and I'm just out here focusing on my runs."

The skiers will get four runs on Thursday, two in a qualifying round, then two more for those who reach the finals.

"It's like, Olympic dreams all happen on one day, so it's kind of crazy," Goepper said.