Nick Baumgartner's athletic prowess has always been obvious. This All-American wrestler has stamped his mark on the world of snowboardcross with an Olympic invite in 2010 and a Winter X Games gold in 2011. (Getty Images/AFP/Alexander Klein)
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.
VIDEO: U.S. 2nd and 3rd in Team SBX
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.
Nick Baumgartner finished seventh in the Veysonnaz World Cup snowboardcross Saturday, securing the top finish for U.S. Snowboarding.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross returns for a third year to Canyons Resort Feb. 25- Mar. 2.
Nick Baumgartner rode to third in a FIS Snowboard World Cup SBX in Blue Mountain.
Nick Baumgartner finished seventh to lead the USA at the FIS Snowboard World Championships SBX.
Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) was fifth during frigid snowboardcross qualifiers at the FIS Snowboard World Championships at Stoneham.
Olympians Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner, and Faye Gulini lead a team of 29 top ranked athletes named to the 2013 FIS World Snowboarding Championships Team.
Seth Wescott and Nate Holland combined to win the team SBX at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session in Telluride.
Seth Wescott won the USANA Snowboardcross Cup in Telluride, his first victory in four years.
Holland and Kearney Take Team SBX Victory
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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 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 ‘04 when he won the USASA Nationals and U.S. Extreme Boarderfest. Then kept the momentum going in '07 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. With solid momentum heading into Sochi, who knows where he might end up!
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