Nick Goepper soars high over Aspen en route to winning slopestyle skiing at the X Games. (Getty Images-Doug Pensinger)
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 27) - Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) was huge on the jumps and smooth and clean technically as he soared to X Games gold in slopestyle skiing Sunday. Goepper nailed a 94 on his second of three runs to take the victory. Norway's Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen won the women's title with Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT) the top American in fourth.
Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) soared to X Games gold winning slopestyle on Sunday.
Goepper's second of three runs was a 94 featuring a switched double 1080 Japan and a switch right double misty 1260 mute grab.
He was the only American to medal. Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) was sixth and Alex Schlopy (Park City, UT) seventh.
Norway's Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen won the women's title with Ashley Battersby (Park City, UT) the top American in fourth.
Battersby crashed on her final run and was being treated for a leg injury.
Keri Herman (Breckendrige, CO), who won the opening Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, was fifth.
QUOTES Nick Goepper It feels absolute amazing, I've been dreaming of this moment from when I was a little kid. I just got off the phone with my mom and she reminded me of when I said that I wanted to win the X Games when I was small. It's great to be here with these rad guys.
Anyone could have won this contest, watching everyone drop in was nerve wracking, i swear i almost peed my pants several times! I felt super good, my skis were running fast and I was visualizing my runs with smooth grabs and clean landings. It was one of the best courses I have ever hit, the staff did such a good job keeping everything clean and smooth. This was a great contest.
I'm really looking forward to the Olympic test event in Russia next. It'll be cool to check out the Olympic venue.