Baumgartner just misses Winter X Games medal

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ASPEN, Colo.—Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner finished just off the medal podium at the Winter X Games 2015, taking fourth in the men’s snowboarder X race on Jan. 23 at Buttermilk Mountain.
    Baumgartner completed his race in 52.356 seconds, 0.234 behind the bronze medal winner and United States teammate Nate Holland. Canada’s Kevin Hill captured the gold in a time of 50.036, comfortably ahead of silver-medal winner Omar Visintin (51.280) of Italy.
    Baumgartner, who won gold at the 2011 X Games and silver at the 2012 X Games, was upbeat afterward.
    “Today was super fun,” Baumgartner said on Facebook after the race. “Wanted to do better than fourth (but) it was an amazing day, and like always, stoked to race X Games! Man, I love racing boardercross. You never know what’s gonna happen.”
    The event began with qualifying on Jan. 22 with 24 racers vying for the six final spots. Baumgartner finished eighth in his opening run (50.553), second in his quarterfinal heat (49.945) and then third in his semifinal heat (49.892).
    Lindsay Jacobellis of the United States won the women’s race in 53.085, while American Keith Gabel took the adaptive final in 57.168.