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Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Nicholas Goepper, of the United States, makes a jump during a run in the men’s freestyle skking slopestyle final to win the bronze medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Once the parties, the TV appearances and the celebration was over, Goepper found searching for `What’s Next?’ It was a disheartening journey for the Olympic bronze medalist, one that took him to the verge of taking his own life, to a rehabilitation clinic and, finally, back to the realization that he got into the sport not for the parties, but because he really loves skiing and winning. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)ASPEN, Colo. — In the aftermath of his history-making triumph at the Sochi Olympics — the non-stop parties, the interview on Letterman, the random stops to be adored by strangers — Nick Goepper kept coming back to two questions.What just happened?ADVERTISEMENT Goepper says at the end of the Olympic celebrations he found himself in “a crazy depression,” with zero motivation, “just this weird, sort of nothingness.” He was reeling from what could be called “Post-Olympics Depression” — a not-uncommon phenomenon for Olympians, especially those in sports that draw so little mainstream attention outside the two-week Olympic window every four years.“He’d go sneak off to different college towns, party, meet girls. But the grass wasn’t always greener,” said his former coach and longtime friend, Mike Hanley. “And the whole idea of competing, skiing, training, it seemed like that had been maxed out. He felt like there was no place left for him to go in that world.”He stayed up late. Drank. Did nothing with his days, or nights. Eventually, Goepper gathered up the energy to go train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where things felt like they were getting back on track.The next winter, he hurt his shoulder, then hurt it again later in the summer. That was, he said, the injury “that kind of broke me mentally.”“I was in a zombie-like stage,” he said. “I needed a serious change that I wasn’t going to enact on my own.”ADVERTISEMENT Gesta: I am going to become the new World champion Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img MOST READ So much had happened during the Olympic experience that felt strange and out of his control.For instance, only at the Olympics does the entire concept of winning become so twisted. The late Dale Earnhardt gets credit for the classic saying: “Second place is the first loser.” At the Olympics, though, second place wins a silver medal, and third place is a winner, too, in the form of a bronze.“I was actually gutted for him and felt really bad,” Hanley said. “He was actually happy that he put down the run he wanted to. He seemed content. He had a plan and did what he planned on doing. The cards didn’t fall the way he wanted.“But the issues didn’t set in until the media tour started going.”It wasn’t that Goepper disliked the attention — the selfie-takers, autograph seekers and all the rest of the love. It was more that it felt so strange to be worshipped because of his prowess on the ski hill. Hanley tells of a time, shortly after the games, when they got off a ski lift in Vermont, and Goepper was recognized by a gaggle of fans, one of whom told him, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country.”“It’s nice and he was very grateful, but what do you say to that? ‘You’re welcome?’ He’s a skier,” Hanley said.And while all the skiers — or make that all besides Goepper and fellow medalists Gus Kenworthy and Joss Christensen — were going back to skiing after the Olympics, Goepper was learning what fame was like.“A whirlwind experience that I really wasn’t ready for,” Goepper called it.Nor was he ready for what would happen when it was over.His mother, Linda, said in an X Games interview that she knew there was trouble when Nick called her and said he was going to down a bottle of vodka at Lambs Canyon in Utah, which is where freestyler skier Speedy Peterson had taken his own life in 2011. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson What happens next?The freestyle skier had been given a good chance to win a gold medal in Sochi, but ended up with a bronze, and yet, to the outside, that barely mattered. He was part of history: The Americans swept the first-ever slopestyle contest at the Olympics and became just the third U.S. trio to accomplish that feat at the Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt took the down-home kid from Indiana nearly two years to find a satisfactory answer for either of his questions — two years in which he would roam the country trying to find himself, contemplating suicide, entering a rehab facility, alienating, then winning back, the trust of friends and family, and rediscovering his passion for skiing. Through all that, Goepper also discovered that the Olympic journey was worth it, even if a bronze — or even silver or gold medal — would never, by itself, make him a happier person.“My general takeaway from the Olympics was that of excitement, disappointment, stress,” Goepper says, “and things I definitely would’ve done differently.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Eventually, Goepper’s parents talked him in to going to a rehab center in Texas. After a few weeks of going through the motions at the center, something clicked.He started having conversations, reading more, writing a journal, taking more control of his life and thinking more about throwing himself back into skiing for not only this Olympic cycle, but the next one, as well.He was introduced to Jonny Moseley, the cutting edge, party-hearty freestyle skier of the 1990s, and was surprised with what he learned.“Johnny told Nick he didn’t drink when he was in his prime,” Hanley said. “He told him when you put in the leg work on the front end, it’s a lot more fun to take advantage of it all on the back end. That made a big impression on Nick. ”Goepper is rocking it in the leadup to the 2018 Olympics. In Korea, he’ll be favored to win some color medal again. If he does, he knows he’ll do things differently this time, though he’s not sure where the journey will take him. And maybe the point of the whole journey is that he doesn’t have to know.“I think Nick’s probably in the best spot he’s been in since he was 15,” Hanley said. “I think he’s finally to a point where he’s fine just saying, ‘I’m Nick Goepper and I like to ski.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

It’s not easy to resolve Kashmir issue: Parrikar

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on Friday said the “Kashmir issue” is not easy to resolve and advocated a “long-term policy” for it.Mr. Parrikar was speaking at a State government-organised function on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary on Friday. ‘Discussions are spoilers’ He also said discussions on sensitive issues should be minimal. “There are some things on which discussions should be minimal. These things need to be made to happen instead. Discussions can be spoilers. The media asked me about some issues today morning. I asked them: do you want this thing to happen, or do you want it to become news?”Open discussions, according to Mr. Parrikar, bring multiple opinions to the fore and may become a hindrance in decision-making: “If you want something to happen, don’t discuss it too much in the news. When there is a discussion, one person says one thing, while someone else says something else.”He also said he wasn’t accustomed to New Delhi and there was “a lot of pressure” on him there.‘Shivaji is my guru’Mr. Parrikar also said Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is his political guru. However, he said worshipping icons is not enough. “I imbibe [Shivaji’s] qualities only as much as I can. I have to learn from his qualities. There is no point merely worshipping.” He added, “It is important to imbibe at least some of [Dr. B.R.] Ambedkar’s qualities. We cannot imbibe everything. If you did, you would become Babasaheb [Ambedkar] yourself.”last_img read more

HTC U11 price revealed ahead of tomorrow’s launch, to go on sale on May 19

first_imgHTC U11 is set to launch tomorrow, May 16. Ahead of the launch, the smartphone has been subjected to several leaks and rumours which revealed a lot about the flagship device even before it could launch. Now a new leak almost confirms the price of the upcoming HTC U11. The report comes from Mobilexpose which mentions that the the flagship phone is expected to be priced at $659 (roughly around Rs 42,261). The report apart from revealing the price, also states that the smartphone will go on sale on May 19. However, the company is yet to confirm on the same as of now. Further, if the leaked report is to be taken seriously, the upcoming HTc U11 will go on sale only in Taiwan for the time being. However, is soon expected to enter other markets, including India very soon. Maybe in the coming few days or months.Also Read: HTC U11 can record 360-degree video shows new teaser, launch set for May 16Well, as of now, this bit of information about the flagship phone should be taken with a pinch of salt as HTC is yet to confirm on the same. As mentioned earlier, the smartphone has been subjected to several leaks and speculations. A recently leaked video teaser shows that the device comes with the ability to record 360-degree video. The video shows that the upcoming flagship device by HTC is capable of “360 real-life recording”.The flagship phone also made its way to the GeekBench, GFXBench and other benchmarking websites as well, wherein the listing reveals a lot about the handset. A few days ago, complete specs sheet of the device has also been leaked. The specs sheet shows that the HTC U11 will come packed with a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, coupled with 64GB internal storage. However, an info-graphics leaked earlier shows that 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage space. This clearly shows that chances are that HTC U11 can be launched in two variants.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U11 spotted on GFXBench, full specs sheet leakedThe listing further states that the upcoming HTC U11 flagship phone is expected to run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor, which also powers the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Xiaomi Mi 6 – Snapdragon 835 chipset. Furthermore, the same processor is expected to be seen on the OnePlus 5, which is rumoured to launch next month.Further on the camera front, HTC U11 is expected to come with a 12-megapixel camera on the rear which comes also with OIS and HTC’s “UltraPixel 3” and “UltraSpeed AF” brandings. While on the other hand fits a 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front, with f/2.0 and selfie panorama. Display wise, the smartphone is going to sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and is further protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.Well, all the information about the upcoming HTC U11 for now should be taken with a pinch of salt, until the official launch of the device, which is all prepared to unveil tomorrow.last_img read more