Goepper secures Olympic spot

EDDIE PELLS
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Norway's Andreas Haatveit grabs a ski as he launches off a jump during the World Cup U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle freestyle skiing finals, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Frisco, Colo. Haatveit won first place in the event. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Nick Goepper wrapped up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team Saturday with his second-place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle skiing contest.

Goepper, who grew up skiing on a 300-foot mountain in Indiana, scored 89.2 — 3.6 shy of winner Andreas Haatveit of Norway. Haatveit also sewed up his ticket to Sochi.

Goepper won last week's Olympic selection event, and as the top American in this event, he secured one of the three slopestyle spots.

On the women's side, Dara Howell of Canada notched her first World Cup victory with a score of 87.6. She'll be on Canada's Olympic team.

The next three finishers were Americans: Darian Stevens, Grete Eliassen and Maggie Voisin.