Ben Katko reports: Goepper brings home bronze medal
A Tri-State athlete is making his country proud, bringing
home a bronze medal from the Olympics in Sochi.
Nick Goepper has called Perfect North Slopes home since the
age of 5. It was a fitting venue for the Lawrenceburg, Ind. community to
come out and cheer on their native son during a watch party Thursday night.
"It's very cool that he grew
up here. He skied here, and now he's an Olympian. Of course, we're
very proud of him," said Katie Bonomini, who works at Perfect North Slopes.
That pride is evident if you
drive the streets of Lawrenceburg, too. Sign after sign, flashing words
of congratulations to Goepper after his tremendous showing in his first
"I'm just proud of him that
he made it. I'm so unbelievably proud because watching him talk about it
and put it into action to actually get there, it's just amazing," said Anthony
Ohlhaut, one of Goepper's best friends.
He and his brother, Nick, have
spent time on the slopes with Goepper. It's a friendship that started
years ago. It's one they say was struck up around the age of 8 at a local
"We saw him jumping off the
side of the pool doing cannonballs. We were like, 'Oh my gosh, that
dude's just like us! He's jumping! Let's go ask him if we can jump
with him,' said Nick Ohlhaut, one of Goepper's best friends.
They wanted to watch Nick compete
live, so a 4:30 AM wake-up call it was on Thursday, all to see their best
friend bring home a medal.
"To me, it's kind of
humbling seeing him come from nothing and expand to the world stage. It's
unreal," said Anthony Ohlhaut.
When Goepper returns from Sochi,
the three of them will go back to being best friends like they've never skipped
a beat. He'll still be an Olympian, but to this group, he's still a
"He stays humble. He just
loves his hometown, and loves being normal. I don't think he'll ever lose
that," Nick Ohlhaut told FOX19.
Goepper's excitement to come back
home is evident on his Twitter feed. Yesterday he posted, "INDIANA! The bronze is coming back home. See ya