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Nick Goepper to be Indy 500 Grand Marshal, continuing Olympic tie-ins

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Nick Goepper, a two-time Olympic ski slopestyle medalist, will be at least the second Olympian to be the grand marshal of the Indy 500.

Goepper, an Indiana native, will give the command for drivers to report to their cars during pre-race ceremonies. In 2015, Olympic champion gymnast Nastia Liukin was the Indy 500 Grand Marshal, taking a parade lap around the 2.5-mile oval before the start.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong drove the Indy 500 pace car in 2006.

In 2014, Sochi medalists figure skater Gracie Gold, bobsledder Steven Langton and Goepper made VIP appearances at the Great American Race. Triple Olympic medalist bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor tweeted that she will also be at Sunday’s race.

Goepper earned bronze in the first Olympic ski slopestyle event in Sochi, going in as a favorite, then silver in PyeongChang as a surprise medalist. In between, Goepper suffered from depression, a drinking problem and suicidal thoughts.

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Watch Lindsey Vonn, Gus Kenworthy battle on ‘Drop the Mic’

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Lindsey Vonn and Gus Kenworthy traded insults about their Olympic careers on TBS’ “Drop the Mic,” but Vonn had no answer for Kenworthy’s finale … bringing a puppy on stage.

The full transcript:

Vonn: “I was told we’d have two Winter Games champions tonight, so I’m still waiting on stage for Apolo Ohno to arrive. You love the spotlight, you must be in heaven, imagine your ego if you placed higher than seven [Note: Kenworthy was 12th in PyeongChang]. Sure, you didn’t medal, it’s OK, you fell short, because freestyle skiing isn’t even a sport. That kiss from your boyfriend made you famous at last, but now you’ll be famous for kissing my ass.”

Kenworthy: “I was thrilled to battle someone I consider a friend, but since you rap like you ski, you should retire again [Note: Vonn has never retired but plans to do so after next season]. I’ve scored perfect 10s, you’re more like a six, you somehow make me even less into chicks. And you tweeted you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day, I wonder what decisions have left you that way.”

Vonn: “Let’s talk extreme skiing, you think that it’s clever, your sport is doing what snowboarders do better. But I think you’re so brave, and I respect your career, it takes a lot of courage to be such a bad skier. Gus, I honestly feel sorry for you because, clearly, skiing is the only freestyling you should do. I’m happy young kids can look up to your image to show them they can do anything except win the Olympics.”

Kenworthy: “The way she talks about Olympics, you would never know, it’s been eight years since you brought home a gold. Keep your chin up, don’t be deterred, at least in rap battles, you can’t finish third. You’ve got so many injuries, it’s such a bad thing, I’m surprised when you’re rapping, you don’t pull your hamstring. You’re the biggest disappointment at a little girls’ party because nobody wants a knock-off Ronda Rousey Barbie.”

Vonn: “You make fun of my career, and I’m asking how, you’re an eventual subject for Where are they Now? You’re in X Games, bro, I’m known worldwide, you save all those dogs, but who’s saving your pride? Made fun of my injury, what’s up with that? You look like a whack-tattoo Spencer Pratt. I’ll give you the last word, how’s that sound, because I’m the greatest f—— skier pound for pound.”

Kenworthy: “I have Olympic silver, not as many medals as you, makes sense, I’m 26, you’re what, 62? You’re so boring and basic, both things together, the type who saw “Hamilton,” and it changed you forever. You may have sponsors, and you do a few ads, but if you want to stay on-brand you should promote trash bags. You brought back the gold, but I have my own, everybody meet Gold Medal, yes I did bring him home [handed puppy].”

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The story behind Gus Kenworthy’s rainbow stars and stripes flag

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, with a rainbow stars and stripes flag, cheered Adam Rippon at the Olympic men’s free skate on Saturday.

Wilkas brought the flag to Kenworthy’s ski slopestyle event Sunday morning to cheer him on.

That flag was purchased for $60 at a store in West Hollywood, Calif., Wilkas said while holding the flag at the bottom of the course as qualifying began.

“I knew [we would bring it] as soon as I knew [Kenworthy] was coming [to the Olympics],” Wilkas said. “I was like, we have to.”

Kenworthy met with his parents, Wilkas and friends before his first of two qualifying runs.

“Did you see Britney’s tweet?” was one of the first things Kenworthy said to the group when he saw them.

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