Nick Goepper (1st), Mcrae Williams (2nd) take the top podium positions at the men’s slopestyle finals in the 2014 X Games!
Despite some interesting and unexpected calls from the judges, the riders made due and absolutely killed the perfect course. There were a few hang-ups with a temporary head wind that threw some of the guys off and a lack of speed for the first jumps, but the talent really showed through in the end.
The 19-year-old DALBELLO Team Rider from Lawrenceburg came from behind to be slopestyle champion Sunday in the Winter X Games at Aspen, Colo.
Goepper, who won gold in 2013 and silver in 2012, became the first repeat winner since Tanner Hall won three in a row at the X Games from 2002 to 2004.
The Hoosier Olympian is the world’s top-ranked athlete in the freestyle skiing event heading into the Sochi Games. Slopestyle, which is new to the Olympic program, features tricks and jumps along a course laid out with ramps and rails. In Sochi, preliminaries and the final are Feb. 13.
“It’s going to be crazy,” Goepper said in an ESPN interview. “Definitely keep your eyes open and wake up at 2 in the morning to watch the show.”
DALBELLO Team Rider Mcrae Williams proved that the Olympics do not mean shit and put down a technically beautiful work of art that gave him the first place in the second runs seized the lead with a score of 92.66.
Goepper topped that in the last run, posting a 95.00 that was little more than point off the X Games record. After a fall by Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut, the last remaining skier who could beat him, the gold was Goepper’s.
“It couldn’t have been a better day,” said Goepper, whose sisters, Kasey, 17, and Bradee, 14, were along the course holding signs in support of their brother.