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BEIJING — Nick Goepper, a native of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was on the back half of a 1-2 finish for Team USA in the slopestyle skiing event at the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

Goepper, who was the defending silver medalist from the Pyeongchang games in 2018, hoped to claim gold but came up short to fellow American Alexander Hall in the slopestyle skiing final to claim his second straight silver medal in the event.

Goepper, 27, was also the bronze medalist in slopestyle skiing from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Hall, who is four years younger than Goepper, brought home the gold with a winning score of 90.01 in a run that included a right double cork 1080 into 900, an extremely difficult trick rarely landed in world-class competition.

Goepper recorded an 86.48 on his second run, which had him doing a switch double bio 1260 and a rightside double cork 1440, also two extremely difficult tricks.

Sweden’s Jesper Tjader earned bronze with a run of 85.35.

The two medals for the United States in slopestyle skiing have vaulted Team USA into third in the overall medal count with 19 total medals, behind Germany (20) and Norway (21).

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