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Kaitlyn Farrington makes pipe dreams come true

January 22, 2014

It's not always the case but this week's Athlete of the Week was an easy pick. 

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team rider Kaitlyn Farrington garnered Athlete of the Week by unanimous vote. Needing to finish on the podium in the fifth and final Olympic-qualifying halfpipe, the 24-year-old valley native put an exclamation point on her bid, winning the Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain with 91.40 points. 

"It was the most exciting thing I have ever seen," proud mama Suz Locke said. 

Farrington joined the SVSEF as a grommet and cut her teeth on Sun Valley's Bald Mountain. She becomes the SVSEF's 18th Winter Olympian dating back to 1972 and our fourth snowboarder to attend consecutive Games, joining Sondra Van Ert (1998/2002), Graham Watanabe (2006/2010) and Aprilia Hagglof (2006). The SVSEF was named 2013 Snowboard Club of the Year by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association, as well as USSA 2013 Club of the Year. 

The U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team is comprised of 16 athletes, eight women and eight men, including past Olympic champions Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Shaun White, as well as rookie Jessika Jensen of Rigby, Idaho. 

Competition in women's snowboard halfpipe begins on Tuesday, February 11 with qualification rounds. Semifinals and finals are on Wednesday, February 12. The U.S. has claimed the most Olympic medals in the sport with 19 total followed by Switzerland with nine and France eight.