(RNS) — When Team USA skier Nick Goepper flies down the slopes backward, launches off a ramp, twists into a knot and lands on one ski, he says he is never alone.

“I always wear a cross on my goggles during contests when I’m doing something gnarly,” the 23-year old Indiana native told Beliefnet in 2014. “It’s a reminder that I’ve got someone else helping me out.”

Recently, Goepper needed more help. After taking the bronze medal in the showy slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, he sunk into a depression, withdrew from family and friends and drank heavily.

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