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Not every college student from a small town in the Midwest can say they've dated an Olympian.
But Annie Rogers, a zoology major at Kent State University and 2010 graduate of Tallmadge High School, will be able to do that after she meets skier Nick Goepper sometime within the next month or so.
After the 19-year-old skier from Indiana won a bronze medal for the slopestyle event in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, last month, he launched a contest on Twitter, for which the winner would win a date with him. He asked those entering the contest to somehow catch his eye on the social media website.
And Rogers, 21, was that lucky winner.
She learned of the contest from several of her college classmates.
"All three of the boys who won the slopestyle event were young (and) cute so we were talking about them, and they knew Nick was the one I was most interested in," she said. "And so they told me about the contest and said, 'Oh, my gosh, you have to do it. You have to sing to him.'"
Rogers first noticed Goepper a couple of weeks before the Olympics when he was being interviewed on the "Late Show with David Letterman," but she didn't know who he was or what sport he'd be competing in. She's not a skier herself.
"I just stopped and watched it, and I thought, 'Wow, geez, he's cute. He seems really nice and down to earth,'" she said.
When she saw him ski during the Olympics, she recognized him as "that cute guy" that she had seen on "Letterman."
Because Facebook is the only social media she uses, she first had to create an account on Twitter to enter the contest.
Rogers, whose father and sister also play the guitar, has performed in the musical theater productions throughout her childhood and college. She taught herself how to play the guitar while in high school.
In a mere 10 minutes, she changed the words to Jason Mraz's song "I'm Yours," rehearsed it and made a video of herself singing the song and playing the guitar. The video that mixes in a brief monologue had nearly 32,000 views on YouTube as of March 6.
Rogers said she felt "awkward" entering the contest because it wasn't something she'd typically do.
She learned that Goepper had picked her as the winner of when he Tweeted a photo of her and him together.
"It was surreal and absolutely hilarious to see a picture of us Photoshopped together on his page," she said. "It definitely took probably a couple of hours to sink in. You always just sit there and wonder, 'I'm being punked. I have to be. This is so weird.'"
Goepper didn't respond to requests for an interview with the Tallmadge Express by deadline. On March 3, he tweeted, "Nice work @Annabelle__R!!! Your video was amazing and I can't wait to hang out!!"
She expected Goepper to call her to make arrangements for the date sometime last week. From initial communications with his agent's office and public relations team, she thinks the date will happen in New York City or Los Angeles but doesn't know when or what he has planned.
For more from the interview with Rogers, go to tallmadgeexpress.com
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