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      6-0
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      The Upper Peninsula has good reason to be proud of its own Nick Baumgartner. The All-American wrestler, 2000 Wrestling State Champ (189 pounds), State Champion hurdler and All-State football player added Olympian to his resume in 2010. Then in 2011 he further expanded his snowboardcross domination with an X Games gold medal and World Cup victory.

      His rise in snowboardcross started in ‘04 when he won the USASA Nationals and U.S. Extreme Boarderfest. Then he kept the momentum going in '07 by winning the VISA U.S. Snowboardcross Championships at Tamarack Resort, ID. In 2009 Baumgartner added a World Championship bronze medal to his collection and then followed up with a spot on the 2010 Olympic team.

      The 2012 season saw Baumgartner snag two top-10 World Cup finishes and an X Games silver medal in Aspen. He then started off hot in 2013, taking third at the World Cup opener in Montafon, Austria and another podium at Blue Mountain.

      Baumgartner made his second Olympic snowboardcross team in 2014 after three top-10 World Cup finishes–two at back-to-back Vallnord races and one at Lake Louise. An unfortunate crash kept him out of medal contention in Sochi, but he finished the season strong with an eighth place at the season closer in Molina, Spain.

      FIRST TRACKS
      Like most people who grew up in the frozen tundra of Northern Michigan, snow found Baumgartner, and he's done pretty much everything there is to do with the fluffy stuff. Snowboarding was just a natural response to his environment.

      OFF THE SNOW
      In the off-season Baumgartner likes to explore with his son Landon and attend the torque series off-road races. It is his prerogative to “tell kids to follow their dreams. They can make their own opportunities in life—play hard, dream big, become!”

       

      Highlights

      OLYMPICS
      Team: 2010, 2014

      X GAMES
      Silver, SBX, Aspen, CO, 2012
      Gold, SBX, Aspen, CO, 2011

      FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
      7th, SBX, Stoneham, CAN, 2013
      3rd, SBX, Gangwon, KOR, 2009

      FIS WORLD CUP
      53 career starts; 11 podiums, and two wins.
      22nd, SBX World Cup Standings 2014
      4th, SBX World Cup Standings 2013

      U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS
      2008, SBX, Lake Placid, NY
      2007, SBX, Lake Placid, NY