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Baumgartner Third at World Cup Opener

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
December, 7 2012

MONTAFON, Austria (Dec. 7) – Nick Baumgartner battled his way through flat light and tough competition to take third at the FIS World Cup opener in Montafon. Taking advantage of the hole shots and strong riding allowed for Baumgartner to consistently stay amongst the leaders during finals. Baumgartner had a successful 2012 season with an X Games silver medal, and two World Cup podiums. Teammates Jonathan Cheever and Hagen Kearney took sixth and seventh respectively. The team heads to the first domestic FIS World Cup the USANA Ski and Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride, CO Dec. 13-15.


  • Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) took third at the first FIS World Cup of the season at Montafon, Austria.
  • Teammates Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) took sixth and Hagen Kearney (Telluride, CO) took seventh respectively.
  • An impressive finish for Cheever who suffered an Achilles’ heel injury in early February that ended his 2012 season.
  • Due to weather the women’s finals were postponed to Dec. 8.
  • The team heads to Telluride, CO for the first domestic FIS World Cup the USANA Ski and Snowboardcross Cup Dec. 13-15. 

Nick Baumgartner

I needed that. My legs are dying from the last two weeks of powder riding here in Austria. I just needed something to get me back into it and stoked on it.

I came from truck racing but this is a lot different. This needs more endurance and a lot more power in the legs.

Now, it's going to be a constant battle and getting ready for every event. The World Championships, that's my goal. I'm coming for it.

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