Nick Goepper: Olympic skier creates new meaning for 'making a mountain out of a molehill'

Indiana hero remembers his Perfect North roots

SOCHI, Russia - You can take Nick Goepper out of Indiana but you can't take Indiana out of the 19-year-old skier, even when he's living the dream at the Winter Olympics.

Goepper has been making the most of his Olympic holiday since rocking the slopestyle skiing competition Thursday and winning a bronze medal.

He tweeted a photo of himself and sister Kasey at the U.S. hockey team's thrilling victory over Russia on Saturday and another from the rocky beach at the Black Sea.

See Goepper's tweets at @NickGoepper

But it was this tweet that got us thinking.

By now, everybody has heard the improbable story of how an Indiana kid became an Olympic skier.

One writer compared Goepper winning a bronze medal in skiing to a kid from Kansas becoming one of the world's top surfers.

Funny Nick should think the Olympic cauldron is as tall as the "mountain" at Perfect North Slopes where he learned to ski, unless it was really late and he was plotting how he could slopeski down the cauldron.

No, Nick. The cauldron is 240 feet high, according to published reports. Perfect North says its highest slope is 400.

Or it that a stretch?

Either way, Goepper has created a new meaning for "making a mountain out of a molehill."

We dug up some numbers on the web to compare Perfect North to the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Sochi, where the freeskiing and Alpine events were held.

Of course, there is no comparison. Perfect North is on a hill in the middle of Dearborn County with 100 skiable acres.

Rosa Khutor (5,800 feet) is in the Caucasus Mountains next to the Black Sea with 850 skiable acres. And no cows.

To see the difference, compare the numbers or click through the photos in the player at the top of the page. Try to identify whether they came from Perfect North or Rosa Khutor. It won't be hard.

    Perfect North Slopes   Rosa Khutor Alpine Center
Location   Dearborn County, Indiana   Sochi, Russia
Coordinates   39.149208°N 84.886581°W   43°39′27″N 40°19′11″E
Opened   1980   2012
Vertical   400 ft (120 m)   5,800 ft (1,768 m)
Top Elevation   800 ft (240 m)   7,610 ft (2,320 m)
Base Elevation   400 ft (120 m)   1,840 ft (560 m)
Skiable area   100 acres   850 acres
Length of ski trails   ---   48 mi (77 km)
Runs   23   18
Longest Run   1 mi (1.6 km)   2.2 mi (3.5 km)
Lift System   11 (2 quad chairs, 3 triple chairs, 6 surface)   18
Terrain Parks   2   1


Goepper makes a great salesman for Indiana. Surely the people who run the Indianapolis 500 are watching this and wondering if they can trust him to drive this year's Corvette Stingray pace car under 150 mph.

As for his "Win A Date with Nick" contest, Goepper says he likes the photoshopped entries, but this YouTube video from Lauren Borkowski is going to be "a hard one to top."

No fair waiting for Taylor Swift to answer his "Be My Valentine" tweet or post her own music video.



RELATED: Goepper wins bronze medal in U.S. slopestyle sweep
PHOTOS: Nick Goepper at the Olympics and on the road to Sochi
RELATED: How did a kid from Indiana make the Winter Olympics?


Print this article Back to Top