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Baumgartner's new sport

June 11, 2012 - Ron Deuter
Olympian and X-Games gold medalist Nick Baumgartner of Iron River spoke at last week’s Hometowne Lumber Athlete of the Year banquet.

What a remarkable, inspirational and humble individual.

Most folks around here know Nick for his snowboardcross fame. And he plans to try for a second Olympics in 2014.

But as Nick mentioned in his remarks the other night, he knows the end is near for him in snowboardcross. It’s a young man’s game, and he’s entering his 30s.

During his speech at the banquet, Nick told the kids in the audience the importance of setting goals and doing whatever it takes to reach them. No goal is too big if you’re willing and able to put forth the effort to accomplish the task.

With the end nearing to compete among the elite snowboardcross athletes of the world, Nick has started to shift his focus to another adrenaline-pumping activity. Off-road truck racing.

He started last summer in the Stock Truck class of the Traxxas TORC Series and won Rookie of the Year. This summer he picked up a sponsored ride in the Pro Light class — where Felch’s Chad Hord ruled until his jump a season or two ago to the Pro 2WD, where he currently leads the points.

It goes without saying that a guy who can dream of making the Olympics and then actually go out and do it, knows a thing or two about setting and accomplishing goals.

Nick has now set a goal of becoming one of the best off-road truck racers. And I’d be willing to bet few are working as hard as he is to improve and hone his skills.

He told the Hometowne Banquet crowd about the hours upon hours of film he studies, the practice runs and everything else he does to constantly improve and get better.

If you know anything about Nick, you know he’s not going to rest until he’s conquered this sport.

It’s going to be fun to watch.

The off-road trucks make two stops at Crandon this year, the first this weekend. Will it include Bamgartner’s first Pro Light victory?



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