Pin it Kaitlyn Farrington
"If I land my run--and it's a good one--then I know I'll do well."

Career highlights

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March 2010

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Farrington Dominates Torah Bright

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January 2011

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Farrington Grabs Another X Games Medal

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February 2013

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Farrington Debuts in Sochi
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Kaitlyn Farrington

Career highlights

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March 2010

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Farrington Dominates Torah Bright
Although Farrington already has three X Games under her belt at this point, she earns her first gold medal in Tinges, France, where she takes down the newly crowned 2010 Olympic champion Torah Bright with a score of 97.00.

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January 2011

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Farrington Grabs Another X Games Medal
With an X Games gold medal in her back pocket, Farrington heads to X Games Aspen with more confidence and walks away with a silver medal.

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February 2013

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Farrington Debuts in Sochi
A year before she make the U.S. Team, Farrington goes for a test run on the Olympic course at the World Cup Sochi. She places fifth at her third-ever World Cup event. She had previously won bronze at the 2013 World Cup Park City and fifth at the 2013 World Cup Copper Mountain.

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January 2014

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Farrington Qualifies for Olympics
Farrington doesn't hold back at the fifth and final Olympic qualifier. She ends up beating out three-time Olympian Kelly Clark for the win at Mammoth Mountain with a score of 91.40, which earned her enough points to make the U.S. Olympic Team. A week later, she wins bronze at X Games Aspen.

When Kaitlyn Farrington was nominated to the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team at Mammoth Mountain, CA in mid-January, people took to the U.S. Snowboarding Team's homepage to learn more about the halfpipe star who had stolen two-time Olympian Elena Hight's place on the roster. Many were surprised to find out that Farrington didn't have a bio. In fact, the 24-year-old, who was raised on a Sun Valley cattle ranch in Idaho, isn't even a member of the national team.

“When I was 17, I joined the U.S. snowboarding rookie team, but when I turned 20, I decided to quit to work with two elite coaches, Elijah Teter and Ben Boyd, at the Ski & Snowboard Club Vail. I had worked really well with these coaches in the past and I thought it would be better for my career to train with them than to be on the team,”  explains Farrington, who started competing at age 11 (her dad sold a cow a week to fund her trips to contests).

While the bold move perplexed her peers and, even more so, her parents, who thought she was giving up her Olympic dreams, Farrington proved that she didn't need to be on the national team to earn her ticket to Sochi. She's spent quite a bit of time on podiums, including medaling at the 2010 and 2011 Dew Tours, 2012 U.S. Grand Prix, 2013 World Cup, and 2010, 2011 and 2014 X Games Aspen.

Her unconventional route to the top doesn't end there. This past fall, many folks told Farrington she was crazy for spending two whole months training in New Zealand. “People were like, 'I can't believe you're just wasting money down there.' And I was like, 'No, I got a lot out of it.' I needed to spend that much time on the snow.” The young, super-chill contender has a knack for knowing exactly what she needs.

It doesn't hurt that Farrington also carries with her a big bag full of technical tricks, including McTwists, cab maneuvers, and backside 900s. “If I land my run–and I know it's a good run–it will do well,” she says confidently. If she's able to successfully pull out all the stops in Sochi, her first-ever Winter Games, Farrington won't need a bio page anywhere. The world will know exactly who she is. —Cristina Goyanes

Trivia

Fave Travel Item
Magic Bullet Blender for smoothies
Song on Repeat
"Stay" by Rihanna
Fit Tip
Make the gym your first stop.
Post-Sochi Plans
Cayman Islands with bestie, Casey