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Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 4:56 PM
— Nick Goepper is a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist in slopestyle and a three-time X Games champion.
Goepper started out the 2017-18 season with a fourth-place finish at the World Cup in New Zealand.
2014 Sochi Games
Goepper was the top-ranked skier heading into Sochi. He nabbed an early lead in the slopestyle final with a promising first run, in which he landed a triple cork, but he was upstaged. Goepper's first run score was enough to score bronze. This was only the third time in history that the U.S. swept the podium at the Olympic Winter Games.
Goepper was born March 4, 1994, in Lawrenceburg, a small farming town in Southern Indiana. He is the eldest of four children. His two sisters were competitive gymnasts. Goepper would practice his jumps on the trampoline under the guidance of his sisters’ coach, Mary Lee Tracy, who was the assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 1996 women’s gymnastics team.
During his middle school days, Goepper would mow lawns, pull weeds and sell candy bars in order to earn enough money to buy a ski pass for the winter. He would buy the candy bars in bulk from Costco and then sell them out of his backpack on the school bus.
Goepper was discovered at an action sports camp in Ohio at the age of 15 and was later offered a scholarship to a sports academy in Oregon.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:50 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — In one of the strangest stories that we’ve seen out of the 2018 Winter Olympics, beloved bear Winnie the Pooh is making a comeback.
The lovable bear is the unofficial mascot of Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu. Every time Hanyu takes to the ice, he keeps a stuffed bear on the side of the rink for good luck, often bowing to the toy before performing, Time magazine reported. Fans know of Hanyu's love for the character and throw Winnie the Pooh bears onto the rink. The carefree bear has proved to be a pretty effective spirit animal for Hanyu, who is considered by some to be the best figure skater in history.
And the bears aren’t wasted, either. After Hanyu leaves the ice, the stuffed animals are collected and donated to local charities.
The 23-year-old won a gold medal in Pyeongchang on Saturday, making him the first male skater since 1952 to win back-to-back Olympic golds. In a New York Times profile of the star, the paper wrote that thousands of Hanyu’s fans traveled to South Korea to see him compete. Some of them wore Winnie the Pooh hats while others donned Winnie the Pooh costumes.
Pooh and his boo, Yuzuru Hanyu. pic.twitter.com/azcYTW5EW8— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 17, 2018
And the story of Hanyu’s gold medal performance has the kind of storybook twists and turns that you might expect from something a lot more dramatic than Winnie the Pooh. In the months leading up the games, when he should have been entering his final round of preparation, Hanyu suffered an injury to his ankle that threatened his performance. But, in a comeback story for the ages, the Japanese star managed to return with a vengeance, cementing himself as the greatest ice skater in the world. And, Winnie the Pooh was there on the sidelines for the entire thing.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 6:59 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — “Game of Thrones” fans from around the world were loving German Olympic figure skater Paul Fentz’s costume at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Fentz was clearly not on the fence when it came to a tribute to the character Jaime Lannister, and neither were people on the internet when it came to voicing positive opinions about it.
The Olympian also skated to the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack.
PAUL FENTZ JUST SKATED TO GAME OF THRONES— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 17, 2018
ALL HAIL THE KING pic.twitter.com/DqvNXcKKmT
I was just about to be like “who really cares maybe I won’t watch the Olympics” but then I turned on the tv and THIS DUDE IS WEARING LAVENDER SUSPENDERS ICE SKATING TO A SWING JAZZ VERSION OF WONDERWALL— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) February 9, 2018
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir fangirling thru the Jaime Lannister skater has made my #Olympics— Bernie (@bern1down) February 17, 2018
who let this man onto the ice in a party city jaime lannister costume id like to know pic.twitter.com/rQ2addOuIb— laura 🏳️🌈 (@laurass69) February 17, 2018
I am always in favor of Game if Thrones at all times, but during a figure skating routine? So. Into. It.— Jessica Estepa (@jmestepa) February 17, 2018
German Paul Fentz skates to “Game of Thrones.” Costume seems to involve gold lamé breastplate and gauntlet. pic.twitter.com/1lXiIdsac6— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) February 17, 2018
Even commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were into it.
“It was not his best, but a Lannister always pays his debts,” Lipinski said. “This music gets me.”
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:59 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
— Mikaela Shiffrin, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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