Nick Baumgartner, seen here on his way to another World Cup podium at Lake Louise in Dec. 2013, produced a solid 2014 season that earned him a spot on his second Olympic snowboardcross team. (Getty Images/Todd Korol)
Americans Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) both finished a solid fifth place at the Feldberg stop of the FIS Snowboardcross World Cup on Saturday.
Lindsey Jacobellis added a fourth World Championship title to her long list of snowboarding accolades and Nick Baumgartner collected his second World Championships bronze medal in Kreischberg, Austria.
Alex Deibold, Nick Baumgartner, Nate Holland, Faye Gulini and Lindsey Jacobellis all qualified into Friday’s snowboardcross FIS World Championships finals.
Lindsey Jacobellis sped into second and led the USA in the season finale snowboardcross event in La Molina on Saturday.
Lindsey Jacobellis was sixth to lead U.S. Snowboarding in a FIS World Cup snowboardcross event in Veysonnaz.
Thick fog obscured the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park Monday, forcing officials to move the men’s snowboardcross event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games to Tuesday morning.
Seven snowboardcross athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis, have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding)
Lindsey Jacobellis (blue bib) closed out the Olympic selection period for snowboardcross with a third-place finish in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Sunday in Vallnord.
Trevor Jacob rode to his career first snowboardcross victory Saturday in the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Vallnord, putting him in prime position to make the Olympic team with just a month to go before Sochi.
U.S. Snowboarding athlete Jackie Hernandez finished sixth during the snowboardcross World Cup season opener on Saturday in Montafon, Austria, while Olympic medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (pictured) finished seventh in her first race in nearly two years.
Every Olympic year, the U.S. Olympic Committee holds Media Summit, an event where media from around the world can hear from all of the top American athletes in one place. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/USSA)
In the final World Cup snowboardcross race of the season, veteran Nick Baumgartner finished seventh, winning the small final with teammate and rookie Hagan Kearney right on his tail in eighth.
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U.S. teams of Nate Holland/Nick Baumgartner and Jonathan Cheever/Seth Wescott finished second and third respectively in the FIS Snowboard World Cup team snowboardcross in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. The Canadian team of Fagan/Robanske won the race.
Nick Baumgartner and Nate Holland took second at the final FIS World Cup snowboardcross team event. Jonathan Cheever and Seth Wescott slid into third.
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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.
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