Nick Baumgartner, the Olympic snowboarder who's heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, enjoyed a home-cooked meal with a large number of supporters in his community on Thursday evening. A fundraiser was held at Alice's Restaurant in Iron River where over 500 people showed up to support the Olympic athlete. In addition to a large spaghetti and chicken dinner, the event included a silent auction, raffle, and merchandise, all seeking to support the Olympian as he heads to Russia on Tuesday.
Baumgartner participated in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and received word only last Friday that he's heading to Sochi. He said he's incredibly grateful to have a community that has always rallied around him.
â??Theyâ??re like, â??We need you to come and sign somethingâ?? and they always thank me,â?? Baumgartner said. â??I was like â??Alright, no more thanking me, Iâ??m thanking you!â?? I can't believe it; the support is awesome, and they can't thank me anymore because they do so much for me; it's so cool. Now it's my turn to go get them a medal,â?? Baumgartner said.
Thereâ??s also a pep rally for Baumgartner which is open to the public on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Central Time at the West Iron County High School gymnasium.