IRON RIVER, MI - Thursday is opening day of the Olympic Games.
Nick Baumgartner is on his way to Sochi.
Baumgartner was born and raised in Iron River, Michigan. He will compete in the men's snowboardcross for Team USA.
It's Baumgartner's second trip to the Olympics.
He finished 20th in Vancouver in 2010.
The competitors are flying down the hill going around 60 miles per hour.
A year after the Vancouver Olympics, he suffered his first major injury. Despite that, he won the X-Games.
It gave him both a different perspective and confidence he uses today.
"I broke my collarbone in 2011," Baumgartner explains. "Just twelve days before I won the X-Games. I was excited to be able to race. It's the year I won. I learned from that. I make sure I smile a little bit - make sure I'm having fun. If I do that, good things will happen and I will perform the best I can."
Nick will be the focus of our first "Spirit of the North" story Thursday on Newswatch 12 at 6pm and 10pm.
GREEN BAY - When attending an NFL game, you will likely pay for the tickets, travel expenses, food, and PARKING.
But finding parking near Lambeau Field on game days can be more convenient than you might think.
Kelly Fulcer and her husband Aaron are new to the neighborhood surrounding Lambeau Field.
"We were here to buy Family Night tickets, we were first in line, we stayed over night. That day they had an open house here at this location so we walked over, came and looked at the house and we bought Family Night tickets and a house on the same weekend," said Kelly Fulcer.
Now that they're all moved in, Sunday was their first Packers game day.
Their neighbor Wendy Petrie has been doing it over the last 12 years.
"The first couple years are a little rocky because you have to learn the ropes of parking cars."
The signs you see in the neighborhood can get pretty creative.
"Thought it would be funny to put park and pee and catch everybody's attention," said Aaron Fulcer.
That wording sure was a head turner. But first, Aaron had to run it by his wife.
"He's like 'hey, what do you think about getting a port-a-potty outside?' and i said 'works for me, I don't mind'," said Kelly Fulcer.
Other preparations for the first home game included taking out a tree to create more room for parking.
The Fulcer's even took out a tree in their front yard to fit more cars on their lawn.
The rookies have shown their dedication. For the veteran next door, Wendy has gained loyal customers.
"Most of our customers are reoccurring, I would say 75% of them," said Petrie.
Even in the off-season, the parking preparations don't stop.
"The winter freezes it over and in the spring, you fill the holes with grass and soot and you're ready to rock again," said Petrie.
It's hard work, but the neighborhood does it to make sure the safe atmosphere at Lambeau doesn't change.
"Just making sure everybody has a good time. They're safe, their cars are secure, we're home the whole time, easy to get in, easy to get out," said Aaron Fulcer.
EAGLE RIVER - In Eagle River this weekend, seven wounded warriors from around the country were able to enjoy the relaxation of being outdoors.
Marine Tyson Scott always wondered how outdoor activities helped people heal. He may never know the answer to that question, but what he does know is the outdoors has helped him and many other veterans.
BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - The latest on a fatal shooting at a mall in Washington state:
A gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington state mall remained at large as authorities said the motive for the slaying was unknown, but there was no indication the shootings were a terrorist act.
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