WATCH LIVE: Men’s ski slopestyle qualifying features Nick Goepper


For the first time ever, men’s slopestyle skiing will be an event in the Olympics. Watch it kick off with the qualifying round starting at 1:15 a.m. ET:


It’s rare to see a skiing contender come out of Indiana, but that’s the case with Nick Goepper. As you can see, the event attracts the occasion outlier because you can train in atypical ways:

Goepper, 19, has dominated lately, taking plenty of first place finishes including Winter X Games gold. He’s not the only contender, however.

Colorado natives Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy are also medal contenders, giving the U.S. a chance to have a podium presence in the event. There are international competitors of note, as Norway’s Andreas Haatveit stands out from a pack that also features Australia’s Russ Henshaw and Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.

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It should be an entertaining debut, and Goepper is undoubtedly excited: