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.
RHINELANDER - People in Rhinelander will be able to cast their November election ballots starting on Friday. It's the earliest people in Wisconsin have ever been able to vote.
The absentee ballots are stacked and ready for Friday at the Rhinelander City Clerk's office. To make the early voting process go as smoothly as possible, you will need to come prepared.
"When you come in make sure that you're registered. That is important. Make sure you're registered in the city if you're coming into us," said Clerk Valerie Foley.
Registering is easy; all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence. The registration form takes a couple of minutes, and then you will be able to fill out an election ballot.
"I think it is going to be a very busy day. I think people are pretty interested in the issues. And I think a lot of them would like to get and make sure they can vote if they're not certain they're going to make it to the polls in November or not," said Foley.
The clerk's office has already sent out about 200 ballots to people who have requested them.
Now, it is preparing for the early voter in-person rush.
If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote or where to go for early voting, the clerk's office suggests voters visit myvote.wi.gov for more information.
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