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Skier Nick Goepper talks preparation before Sochi Olympics

Nick Goepper wins at Sochi
Nick Goepper wins at Sochi
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Freestyle skier Nick Goepper amazed everyone with his astonishing medal sweep with the support of his Team USA in the first-ever Olympic ski slopestyle competition. He also made young hearts everywhere skip a beat because the day before Valentine's Day, he announced that was looking for a date.

The 19-year-old heartthrob from Indiana definitely knows how to balance his social and work life. He spoke with in a phone interview about the preparation that went into Sochi and where he was when he found out that he was part of Team USA. Charismatically Goepper responded, "Yeah, I'm very excited!" during our conversation when he was asked about his eagerness to participate at the Sochi Olympics.

Examiner: Where were you when heard that you’d be competing in the Sochi games?

Nick Goepper: I had just stepped off the podium at the Crocker Grand Prix. It wasn’t super dramatic or emotional. It was just like a check mark off the list. My coach was standing there and we both gave each other a hug and high five, and that was it. We checked off one of our goals and we’re on to the next one.

Examiner: How much preparation goes into preparing for the Olympics?

NG: I’ve been taking a lot more care of my body, and doing a lot of recovery after skiing. Biking and taking ice baths. I’ve been skiing everyday and getting myself out of my comfort zone by trying new tricks that I’m not comfortable with, and staying focused.

Examiner: Is there a strict diet that you abide by during the Olympics?

NG: Not really, I don’t have a specific diet. I try to eat smart and be responsible about what I eat. I try to eat three times a day or four times a day, and lots of vegetables and carbs.

His discipline and preparation during the Olympics won him a bronze medal. The Olympian has been staying busy since competing in Sochi. Recently, he headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and for the first time he did a Brickyard backflip on skis off a small ramp.

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