Baumgartner after winning a "Stock Truck" division off-road race in 2011
|Born||December 17, 1981|
Iron River, Michigan, U.S.
|Sport||Snowboard cross, off-road racing|
Nick Baumgartner (born December 17, 1981) is a United States snowboarder from Iron River, Michigan. He competes in snowboard cross (SBX) and qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He won the gold and silver medals in the 2011 and 2012 Winter X Games. Baumgartner competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Baumgartner began off-road racing in 2011 winning the Rookie of the Year "Stock Truck" award before advancing to Pro Light trucks in 2012.
Baumgartner placed first in multiple competitions in 2004; he had competed at the SNX at the USASA Nationals and first at the US Extreme Boardfest. While at the US SBX Championships in 2007, he had placed first at the event in Tamarack Resort, Idaho. Then he went to the World Cup finals where Baumgartner had been moved down to take the second place title. Then he had been moved down again while competing at the Copper Mountain Revolution Tour where he placed third.
He won a bronze medal in the snowboard cross event at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships 2009 in Gangwon. Baumgartner's first World Cup victory was in Lake Placid, New York in the snowboard cross event in 2008. In 2009 he had earned a bronze medal for the World Champion competition season with five Top 10 finishes and two podium finishes. He also won the World Cup in March 2011.
On January 17, 2011 after not being chosen to attend the World Championship competition, Baumgartner went to train at Copper Mountain where he was in an accident that broke his collar bone. He needed surgery the next day. In 2011 Baumgartner broke Nate Holland's winning streak and his seven-try losing streak. He had done so with fifteen screws and a plate in his neck. After he had won he grabbed his son Landon and said, "To see the look on his face, to have your boy proud of you, there’s nothing better." On January 30, 2011, Baumgartner won the gold medal at the Winter X Games XV in Aspen, Colorado.
On December 5, 2013 Baumgartner's selection to the 2014 Winter Olympics team was announced. He was placed on the snowboard cross A team for the Olympics in a coach's discretionary spot over Seth Wescott because of his consistency at World Cup events. Baumgartner had a poor start in the first heat race and he finished fourth, just outside the top three who advanced to the quarterfinals.
In 2011 he began racing in the entry-level "Stock Truck" class in the Traxxas TORC Series. He finished in the Top 3 in each of his first three races and he held the points lead at mid season. During the summer of 2011 Baumgartner earned himself the Rookie of the Year while competing in the Traxxas TORC Series Off Road Short Course Racing. He moved up into Pro Light in 2012 and finished sixth in the points standings. In 2013, Baumgartner joined the Stadium Super Trucks, finishing sixth in the inaugural race at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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- "Welcome". Nick Baumgartner.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- "Nick Baumgartner finds struggle for the first time in Off-Roading". WLUC-TV. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
- Axon, Rachel. "Top U.S. snowboardcross riders out early". USA Today. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Official Points Standings". Traxxas TORC Series. Retrieved October 27, 2012.
- "MacCachren Claims Inaugural Stadium SUPER Trucks Race at University of Phoenix Stadium". Stadium Super Trucks. April 7, 2013. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013.