Proof positive that Idaho produces more than just potatoes, 23-year
old Sun Valley native Kaitlyn Farrington has blossomed into a competitive
halfpipe rider with world-class snowboard skills. Though she has stood atop
more podiums for Superpipe than Slopestyle, Kaitlyn rides everything—including
horses—since she grew up on a ranch. But back in fifth grade she traded in her
saddle for a snowboard and began the journey she is on today. For the past few
seasons, Kaitlyn has worked to balance her Slopestyle efforts with her
Superpipe as well as balancing the life of a pro rider with college studies.
With the goal of making the US Team for the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014,
Kaitlyn has sharpened her focus on pipe and the formidable task of chipping
away at a peer group of competitors who have been dominating the discipline for
years. And for the 2012/13 season, she is off to a great start. Linking up
back-to-back 900s for the first time in her runs at the Dew Tour in
Breckenridge, Kaitlyn walked away with a huge early season win. The addition of
new trick combos and the confidence-boost of the high profile victory at Breck
may be exactly what she needs to see her Olympic team dream come true.