Tune in today (Feb 15) to watch the men’s snowboard cross competition. Check out the complete schedule at Vancouver2010.com.
Nick’s biggest accomplishment to date is winning a bronze medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2009. He has also competed in the Winter X Games the last few years.
Before taking on snowboarding full-time Nick was a state champion wrestler in high school and went on to play football at NMU.
If you know of any other Yoopers who have compete in the Olympics please send me a message or leave a comment.
After a crash Nick’s gold medal hopes came to a halt during the 1⁄8 finals. He finished 20th overall with a starting field of 34 racers.
“I came here for the gold,” Baumgartner said between qualifying runs. “I am definitely taking the experience in. But the gold is what I worked so hard for. I set a goal four years ago.” — From the examiner.com
Congrats Nick! Great job representing the country, but even more so thanks for representing the Upper Peninsula. We hope to see you back in 4 years with a world championship between now and then. Keep up the hard work.
Good to see Nick get some press in Sports Illustrated as well.