Kaitlyn Farrington

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Kaitlyn Farrington Clark
Personal information
Birth nameKaitlyn Brooke Farrington
Born (1989-12-18) December 18, 1989 (age 30)
Hailey, Idaho, United States[1]
ResidenceSalt Lake City, Utah, United States[2]
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)[3]
Coached byElijah Teter[4]

Kaitlyn Brooke Farrington (born December 18, 1989) is an American former professional snowboarder who grew up on a cattle ranch near Bellevue, Idaho, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] She won the gold medal in the women's half-pipe competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[1] Prior to her Olympic debut, she competed in the 2010 European Winter X Games and won the gold medal.[5]

Early life[edit]

Farrington was born to parents Gary and Suz Farrington; she has an older sister. The Farringtons own a ranch near Sun Valley, Idaho, and Kaitlyn grew up riding horses. Suz Farrington credited her daughter's smooth style with good balance from riding horses. She was skiing by age three and barrel racing at age five. "She was skiing on a tether for two days, then said, 'I'm done with this stuff,'" remembered Mr. Farrington.[6]

By high school, Farrington was competing as a snowboarder, and her parents had to sell the cows on their ranch to pay for expenses.[6]


Farrington is left-handed and uses a goofy stance. She became the first women's rider to perform a backside 1080. She goes about 9 feet high above the edge of the half-pipe, but considers herself as a more technical rider in order to make up for her height. Farrington has had five wrist surgeries.[7]

On January 16, 2015, Farrington announced via Instagram of her retirement from professional snowboarding at only 25 years of age. In October 2014, Farrington was involved in a fall in Austria while trying to execute a frontside 360 off a small jump. Once returning home to Salt Lake City, Farrington went to get an MRI, to find that she had been diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis, a congenital spine condition. Doctors told her that competitive snowboarding would put her at great risk of extreme injury due to the condition. Farrington has said "I can walk. I can still snowboard, I just have to keep my feet on the ground".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Farrington has a cat named Zilla, after Godzilla.[10] She collects refrigerator magnets from her travel stops and loves running and music.[7] Farrington said she was listening to Ghostland Observatory's Give Me The Beat when competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[11]

She recently picked up Frisbee golf and tries to surf, which she calls "drowning".[12]

A snowboarding area on Sun Valley's Bald Mountain was renamed "Kaitlyn's Bowl" in her honor.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Kaitlyn FARRINGTON | Snowboard | United States – Sochi 2014 Olympics". Sochi 2014 Olympics. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Idaho Olympic star Kaitlyn Farrington 'can't wait to come home'". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Kaitlyn Farrington". teamusa.org. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Ben Boyd Pro snowboarder transitions to coaching Olympians – Lake Tahoe NewsLake Tahoe News
  5. ^ "Results: Women's Snowboard SuperPipe". espn.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Kaitlyn Farrington “Cowgirls Up” For Gold
  7. ^ a b Kaitlyn Farrington
  8. ^ http://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Kaitlyn-Farrington
  9. ^ "Kaitlyn Farrington forced to retire". espn.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  10. ^ "Gold Medalist Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington – Sochi Winter Olympics 2014". Elle. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  11. ^ David Letterman – U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kaitlyn Farrington – YouTube
  12. ^ "GQ+A: Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboard Halfpipe Gold Medalist on Partying in Sochi and More". GQ. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Michael Locklear (March 1, 2014). "Gold medalist brings 'surge of energy' to Sun Valley". KBOI-TV. Retrieved March 5, 2014.

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