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Catching up with Blaine Wilson


NBC Sports

This three-time Olympic men’s gymnast once described himself as a cross between Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan.

Blaine Wilson had a one-of-a-kind personality and a performance record rivaled by few others in USA Gymnastics history. The pierced, tattooed and motorcycle-riding Ohioan preceded the Hamm twins, Jonathan Horton and Danell Leyva and John Orozco as the rock of U.S. men’s gymnastics.

He won five straight U.S. all-around titles from 1996 through 2000, a record he shares with George Wheeler. The 1936 Olympian Wheeler won his titles when the floor exercise was called “calisthenics” and ended his career to go into the Navy for World War II.

Back to Wilson. He competed in three Olympics, winning his sole medal in his final Games in 2004 as part of the U.S. team that bagged silver.

OlympicTalk recently caught up with Wilson to reflect on his career and discuss his current work.

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Nick Goepper Takes Dating Contest Winner Out in NY


Nick and Annie at Rangers Game

Kent State senior Annie Rogers‘ first trip to New York was a memorable one, beginning with a Cadillac Escalade pickup from the airport and including two days with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper.

Rogers, “just a normal Ohio girl,” won a social media contest for a date with the slopestyle skier Goepper last month. They met Saturday in New York and spent much of the weekend in Midtown. (read more)

Nick Goepper visits White House with Team USA


Nick Goepper and David Wise in front of the White House

Fox 19

The post-Olympic whirlwind tour for Lawrenceburg, Ind. native Nick Goepper continued Thursday as he visited the White House with the U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Goepper won the bronze medal in slopestyle skiing in February at the 2014 Sochi Games. Goepper tweeted several photographs from his visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In a tweet, Goepper said President Barack Obama “threw down a freestyle for all the Olympians today at the White House. Inspiring message!” (read more)

Nastia Liukin visits St. Mary’s


Nastia Liukin at St. Mary's (Courtesy Photo)

Queens Chronicle

Patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children got a chance to meet a real Olympic star last week.

Nastia Liukin, who won five gymnastic medals for the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, including a gold in the all-around, stopped by the Bayside facility on Friday.

She came to inspire youngsters to find the champion in each of them.

Liukin, who is now a student at New York University, won nine World Championship medals and is a four-time all-around U.S. National Champion.

The hospital serves children with complex medical conditions. (read more)

Nick Goepper resumes skiing career with 2nd place finish


Nick Goepper in Dumont Cup (AP Photo/ Julie Jacobson)

Indy Star

Nick Goepper didn’t miss many opportunities for exposure in the aftermath of winning an Olympic bronze medal Feb. 13 in slopestyle skiing.

His travels took him to New York, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and a hometown parade in Lawrenceburg. He appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman, picked a 21-year-old Ohio woman in his win-a-date-with-Nick contest, was honored at the Indiana Statehouse and was at the L.A. premiere of the movie “Divergent.”

On Saturday, Goepper returned to what was responsible for all this attention: skiing.

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