Two-time Olympic medalist skier and Indiana native Nick Goepper will be grand marshal of the 102nd Indianapolis 500. Goepper, who was born in Fort Wayne and raised in Lawrenceburg, will give the command for drivers to report to their cars ahead of Sunday’s race.
Goepper won bronze medal in men’s ski slopestyle in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and a silver medal in the same event in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He has also won three gold medals and two silver medals in Winter X Games events. In March, Governor Eric Holcomb awarded Goepper the Sagamore of the Wabash.
Goepper joins the slate of celebrities set to take part in Sunday’s festivities. Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will drive the Pace Car. Actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the box office record-breaker "Avengers: Infinity War," will wave the green flag as honorary starter. Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem ahead of the race.