Kaitlyn FARRINGTON

United States of America USA

Snowboard

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1989
Olympic Results

Biography

Kaitlyn FARRINGTON

The USA’s Kaitlyn Farrington pulled off the biggest achievement of her career to date when she beat the three previous Olympic champions to win the women’s snowboard halfpipe gold at Sochi 2014.

The cowgirl from Bellevue

“Everyone loves that story. It’s how we got the money together for my career,” said Kaitlyn Farrington, whose parents Gary and Suz have supported her rise to the top of international snowboarding by selling cattle reared on the ranch where she was born, in Bellevue, Idaho, at the foot of the Sun Valley mountains. The investment has certainly paid off. The Olympic halfpipe champion is a born competitor, having taken part in rodeo barrel races from the age of five, then enjoying a brief dalliance with skiing, before turning her hand to snowboarding as a 14-year-old on the new halfpipe at the Sun Valley ski resort.

Leaving it late

A silver medallist at the World Junior Championships in 2008 and the first female rider to perform a backside 900, she has since gone on to become one of the USA’s finest snowboarders, scoring wins on the Dew Tour in 2010 and 2012, taking the Winter X Games Europe title in Tignes in 2010, and landing a silver medal at the Winter X Games a year later.

There were lows in among the highs, however, with Farrington struggling to secure a place on the US team for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games as 2013 came to a close. Fortunately for her, a fifth place in the final qualifier – a World Cup event at Copper Mountain (USA) just before Christmas – secured her a slot on the halfpipe team alongside 2002 Olympic gold medallist Kelly Clark, 2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter, and Arielle Gold, a silver medallist at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games and the 2013 world champion.

Olympic Results

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Sochi 2014

G
Halfpipe
Halfpipe Snowboarding