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 - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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