It’s hard not to be obsessed with Kaitlyn Farrington. She has a bubbly personality, an amazing back story and seriously rocks at snowboarding. Born on a cattle ranch in Idaho, she went from underdog to winning a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics beating out three former Olympic gold medalists! Read below for everything you need to know about our fave snowboarder.
How she started snowboarding: She started skiing when she was three. She switched to snowboarding because she wanted to copy her older sister. She then got into competing through one her best friends. She says of her first time snowboarding “I just remember falling on my butt and the kids laughing at me from the chairlift.” Well I guess we all have to start somewhere!
She grew up: On a ranch in Idaho. She was a true farm girl, helping with the hay and her father’s work. Even though she hated it, she knew she had to do it. She says “I was a farm girl and I used to barrel race! I used to say “Dad, I’m hurt, I hurt my knee, I hurt my wrist!” My dad would say, “Put it on a list, Kaitlyn.” She now thinks it made her a stronger person and helped prepare her for the Olympics.
On funding her snowboarding: “When I started competing and going to contests across the country, me and my dad would load a cow up into the trailer and he’d take him to the cattle sale and that’s how we funded my snowboarding.” They used to have 250 cows and though not all of them went to fund her snowboarding, a good amount of them did. She jokes her Dad probably doesn’t care that he doesn’t have any cows after she won at the Olympics! Read More