After high-fiving his pals, the first thing skier Nick Goepper did after winning X Games gold on the slopestyle course Sunday was call his mom.
She gushed, "Remember when you were really young and you wanted to win the X Games?" said the 18-year-old who grew up skiing 400-vertical feet at Indiana's Perfect North Slopes ski area. "She said 'I thought that was so far off, I never thought it would happen.'"
On Sunday, Goepper's flawless double-corked spins in both directions, lengthy grabs and graceful landings earned him his second consecutive slopestyle medal and his first X gold.
"It feels absolutely amazing. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was little," said Goepper, whose four double-cork spins at last year's X Games propelled him into the upper realms of slopestyle skiing. "It's just the best day of my life."