MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Three time Olympian Nick Baumgartner is back in the U.P. a few more days before heading to the Olympics.
After four years of preparation and hard work, Nick feels ready to go.
Over the years, the competition has increased significantly in the Winter Olympics for snowboarders as athletes begin training more intensely at a younger age.
"Everyone is riding so well right now. It's going to be one heck of an insane battle. We got a guy from Austria, the guy who won it last time from France, Pierre Vaultier. He's on fire right now, riding amazing," said Olympian Nick Baumgartner. "There's an Australian kid Alex Chumpy Pullin. There's just so many people that could win. I just like to think that I'm their biggest competition."
Nick Baumgartner finished his training last week before coming home to the U.P. this week. He heads to South Korea on Sunday. But he says this, his third appearance in the Olympics, will be different than others.
"12 years later I'm still racing snowboards and gaining that experience. Through the experience, I've learned to just enjoy the journey and have fun and enjoy the ride. As for the preparation, I've been doing that every single day."
Despite the tensions in Korea, Baumgartner says he is unfazed by the political climate but rather looks forward to the track.
"Through sport, we bring the whole world together. I think this will be no different than any other time. We come together and everyone is celebrating the best athletes and their disciplines. It's about that. It's about good, clean competition. It's not about politics."
Nick can be seen competing in the Winter Olympics on TV 6 on February 14 at 7 PM Eastern Time.