Nick Goepper competes in the men's slopestyle skiing final at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 18, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Olympians Nick Goepper and Caroline Claire won the men’s and women’s slopestyle skiing events at Seiser Alm, Italy, as the world cup freestyle skiing season came to an end on Friday.
It was the second world cup win ever for two-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist Goepper, who won a silver medal last month at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. It was the first for up-and-comer Claire, who made her Olympic debut in PyeongChang.
Goepper, who celebrated his 24th birthday two days earlier, scored a 92.60 to take the win while Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli, who finished second with a score of 91.20, claimed the overall world cup slopestyle crystal globe.
Goepper, who is from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, won a bronze medal at slopestyle skiing’s Olympic debut in 2014.
Coming into Friday Claire, 18, had three third-place finishes in eight slopestyle world cup events since making her debut in January 2016, and she finally broke through to claim the top spot with a score of 84.00 in the final to put her atop the leaderboard. Great Britain’s Isabel Atkin was second at 80.40, while Jennie-Lee Burmansson, the 15-year-old from Sweden who recently became the youngest freestyle skier to win the world cup crystal globe, finished sixth.
Claire’s season had been building to a win. In November, she finished third in Stubai, Austria. That matched her previous best finish in a world cup event. Then in January 2018 at an Olympic qualifying event in Mammoth Mountain, California, Claire finished in third place once again.
Following a 23rd-place finish in PyeongChang, the Manchester Center, Vermont, native came into Friday’s competition in eighth place in the overall world cup rankings for women’s slopestyle.