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.
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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