There was a time when Axl Rose left his small town in Indiana as there was nothing left for him there. To make it, he needed to move west where he would surround himself with other, likeminded people. While Nick Goepper is no Axl Rose, his story is the same. He started honing his craft in the Hoosier state, moved west to Windells Academy and found more success than he ever dreamed of. Like Axl, Nick learned that with success comes problems. While Nick didn’t alienate his fans and get fat, he did uncover some real issues that we talk about in the podcast.
Nick Goepper Show Notes:
1:44: The Olympic facility and what it offers
4:09: Christmas at the Goeppers and life starting in Indiana
8:11: Being the oldest in the family and sports
15:00: Rollerblading, skateboarding and trampolines
18:00: Getting into skiing at Perfect North
21:07: The recession and having to work for himself to keep the ski dream alive
26:42: Backyard set ups
28:00: Who is he in High School and competing against Chris Laker
32:00: Keeping the dream alive with a full scholarship to Windell’ s Academy
42:25: Does he ski powder, tricks that were career changing, and first X-Games
47:00: His ski lifestyle. Does he care if other people like him?
52:15: Crushing it at contests and heading into the Olympics with a broken hand, skiing without poles, and hearing about it on the internet.
58:40: Is he pissed about 3rd place in the Olympics
61:00: What does it take to qualify for South Korea
63:00: Throwing rocks at cars and Nick’s downward summertime spiral into alcohol and depression
74:00: What will he do after skiing and what can he make in a good year?