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 he racked up yet another incredible season in 2011, earning a Winter X Games gold medal and another World Cup win. His rise in snowboardcross started in 2004 when he won the USASA Nationals and U.S. Extreme Boarderfest. Then kept the momentum going in 2007 by winning the VISA U.S. Snowboardcross Championships at Tamarack Resort, ID. In 2009 Baumgartner added some hardware to his collection with a World Championship bronze medal. Then the former wrestler honed in and grabbed a spot on the 2010 Olympic team after three top-10 finishes, including a podium on the World Cup. The 2012 season brought two top-10 World Cup finishes and X Games silver in Aspen. Baumgartner started off hot in 2013, taking third at the World Cup season opener in Montafon, Austria. Next up it was the Blue Mountain World Cup, where he took yet another podium.
2012 Winter X Games - Silver
2011 Winter X Games - Gold
2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver - 20th
2009 World Championships, Gangwon, KOR - 3rd
Things To Know:
1. Has a five-year old son, Landon. One of their favorite activities is snake and frog hunting and says in one day they caught 41 frogs.
2. Baumgartner also races in a very different kind of arena – demolition derby. He tries to compete in at least a couple a year, with bigger plans for it after the Olympics. He takes old cars, strips them down, applies a new paint job and then, simply put by Baumgartner, “smash into a bunch of people.”