Sun Valley snowboarder hopes to make Olympic team


Kaitlynn Farrington


by Jay Tust and KTVB.COM

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 8:50 AM

PARK CITY, Utah -- Idaho athletes have a knack for bringing home medals from the Olympic Games. You shouldn't expect that to change at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

KTVB's Sports Director Jay Tust has been at the U.S. Olympic media summit in Park City, Utah where a dozen Olympians with strong Idaho ties have been featured.

On Wednesday, he spoke with Sandpoint native, Nate Holland, who participates in the snowboard cross, as well as hockey player Hilary Knight from Sun Valley, and Elena Hight, who started her career at Bogus Basin. 

However, Tust also caught up with an up-and-coming freestyle snowboarder from Sun Valley who hopes to make the USA women's snowboarding team.


Twenty-three-year-old Kaitlyn Farrington had her first trial run in the superpipe at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She didn't make it, but says the experience has helped her work towards qualifying for, and competing in Sochi.

In the meantime, she's been improving -- winning last year's Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Farrington says she picked up freestyle snowboarding thanks to her older sister. "I wanted to be cool like my older sister," she told KTVB.

She says her family has done whatever it takes to help her accomplish her dream of reaching the winter Olympic games.

"At one point it got really expensive because I kind of realized my potential, and growing up on a ranch, my dad had cows," Farrington said. "My dad had to start selling his cows to fund my snowboarding."

However, before the 23-year-old can win big, she'll have to knock off some of the top competition at the U.S. Qualifiers in January.

"I think it just depends on the day," Farrington told KTVB. "For four years I've been really trying to put all my focus on going to Sochi, so hopefully I'll make the team," she said.

In her free time, she goes back and volunteers for something that is very near and dear to her heart, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. She says the coaches there have helped her believe that she could do anything, so she helps the kids believe they can achieve what she's currently in the process of trying to do -- get to the Olympics.

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