Indiana Olympic hopeful Nick Goepper gets solid support from family, friends
Note from WTHR: Kasey is the sister of Team USA Slopestyle skier and Indiana native Nick Goepper. Nick is a favorite to medal during the Olympics. He's fresh off winning the gold at the XGames in January.
Kasey is a senior at Lawrenceburg High School. She and her family are traveling to Sochi to watch Nick compete and soak up their first Olympics. From time to time Kasey will share her experiences with WTHR through a blog and her own photos.
Here's Kasey's first Olympics blog entry:
By Kasey Goepper
Today it really hit me that my family and I will be attending the 2014 Olympics. I was watching a commercial on Sochi and realized that I will be there in less than five days! That's crazy, right?! As we've been getting closer to the Olympics, the stress in my house has definitely increased. This past year has been crazy stressful just because we have been nervous and anxious for the competitions, but nothing compares to the stress that my parents and siblings are under right now.
These past two months have been awesome! Nick placed in the top three at his first two Olympic qualifying events, which secured his spot on the Olympic team. When I found this out, I was beyond proud and excited for him. About two weekends ago, our family got to go to the Park City, Utah Grand Prix thanks to P&G. Although Nick did not compete, it was still amazing getting to hang out with him and the other skiers he travels with. That Sunday they announced the Olympic team: Nick Goepper, Bobby Brown, Gus Kenworthy and Joss Christensen!
The following weekend was X-games. I had gotten together with a group of friends prior to going and figured everything out so that Nick would have a big crowd to cheer him on. There ended up being 21 people from Indiana who flew out to Aspen to support and cheer Nick on!
The trip was amazing! We would wake up around 8:00 am so that we could go and watch Nick practice, then we would watch other events or go downtown Aspen and hang out. Leading up the finals on Sunday there were multiple times when some friends and I would just talk about how thankful we were to be out in Aspen and how excited we were to watch Nick take home the gold!
The day of the competition my friend Ayden Schwier and I repeatedly told each other, "I'm so nervous, but Nick has got this in the bag!" Ayden, my sister Bradee and I had made posters that we held up after each run. When he ended up scoring a 95.0 on his final run, we all went crazy! The crowd went wild. There was so much cheering and it was an incredible feeling to know that that many people supported and loved my brother as much as I do!
I am extremely proud of him and can't wait to support and cheer him on in Sochi!