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Indiana native Nick Goepper, 19, will look to make history as he competes in the first Olympic men's slopestyle skiing final in Sochi. Indiana native Nick Goepper, 19, will look to make history as he competes in the first Olympic men's slopestyle skiing final in Sochi.
Heather Richardson Heather Richardson
Brittany Bowe Brittany Bowe
Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew from the competition minutes before he was scheduled to compete. Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew from the competition minutes before he was scheduled to compete.
Noelle Pikus-Pace Noelle Pikus-Pace

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Indiana native Nick Goepper, 19, will look to make history as he competes in the first Olympic men's slopestyle skiing final in Sochi.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Indiana teen to go for gold in slopestyle]

Starting at 8 p.m. on WAVE 3 News watch Goepper hit the slope with fellow Team USA members Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Bobby Brown.

[SPOILER ALERT: Men's slopestyle final results]

In the women's speed skating 1000m final roommates Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe compete against each other. Richardson enters the event ranked first in the World Cup standings and Bowe enters as the second ranked competitor after setting a world record in the 1000m on the high-altitude ice at Salt Lake City just three months ago.

 [SPOILER ALERT: Women's speed skating 1000m final results]

A sudden retirement likely opened up a top spot in the men's figure skating short program. Russia's Yevgeny Plushenko withdrew from the competition minutes before he was scheduled to compete, costing Russia its lone spot in the men's discipline. Jason Brown will compete for the US in the event.

[READ MORE: Yevgeny Plushenko withdraws from Sochi Olympics due to injury]

Utah mother Noelle Pikus-Pace will compete in the women's skeleton event. Pikus-Pace was a gold-medal favorite entering the 2006 Olympic season, but her leg was shattered when a bobsled crashed into her during a training accident. She was able to compete in Vancouver where she finished fourth then retired from the sport. In 2012 she came out of retirement for another chance to compete in the Olympics.

[READ MORE ABOUT NOELLE PIKUS-PACE]

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