Skier's Indiana hometown cheers his Olympic medal

Skier's Indiana hometown cheers his Olympic medal

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(L-R) USA's Nicholas Goepper, Joss Christensen and Gus Kenworthy celebrate in the Men's Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle finals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 12:25 PM

   LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) -- Hundreds of students and others filled the high school gymnasium in slopestyle skier Nick Goepper's southeastern Indiana hometown to celebrate his Olympic bronze medal win.
 
   The rally Tuesday at Lawrenceburg High School came hours after the 19-year-old Goepper arrived back home nearly two weeks after he and two other Americans swept the slopestyle medals in Sochi.
 
   Goepper told the crowd he was proud to hear Lawrenceburg announced as his hometown at the Olympics and other events.
 
   He says he hopes other young skiers in the Midwest are inspired by his story of skiing at the small Perfect North Slopes near his home until he was 15 and practicing on AstroTurf in his backyard during the summer.
 
   Goepper says he hopes to compete in future Winter Olympics.

 

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