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Kaitlyn Farrington - the female face of Snowboarding Hot

Kaitlyn-Farrington21-year old Kaitlyn Farrington is an up-and-coming female athleteMuch like her style on the halfpipe, Kaitlyn Farrington has exploded onto the professional snowboarding circuit. The Idaho native is barely 21 and has already been deemed ‘the future of the sport’. If you’ve been watching her since she popped up on the radar, you’d understand why these suggestions are pretty-darn-close.

As any winter sport advocate knows, the Winter X Games are intensely competitive. There are always favorites. The obvious are previous X Games winners and winners from other competitions. Farrington fell into both of those categories coming into Aspen this year.

Less than two months before at the Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix, Farrington stuck solid 720’s and showed off a strong backside 900 in Copper Mountain to earn her top spot in the event. Two days prior to her win, she admitted trying numerous backside 9’s but only landing four. This was her first win against superstar Kelly Clark, who she referred to as an idol.

Oddly enough, Farrington prefers slopestyle to superpipe. But her arrayal of pipe tricks (including Cabs, McTwists, switch, and backside spins) place her above and beyond the average competition.

Originally a skier, Farrington was discouraged when she tried snowboarding at an early age. She didn’t give up and kept at it. Then a friend pushed her to join the local snowboard team in ninth grade. Farrington earned a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding's 2008 Rookie Team as a junior in high school and has been excelling rapidly since then. Highlights of her career include a second place finish at the Junior World Championships halfpipe in ‘08, a second place finish in the Revolution Tour overall in ‘08, first at the final stop of the 2009-10 Winter Dew Tour, and most notable was her gold medal at Winter X ’10 Europe.

Farrington’s rapid success has surprised both snowboarding enthusiasts and fellow competitors alike. Since her WX ’10 Europe win in March, she’s signed sponsorships with The North Face and Vitamin Water. Other sponsors include GNU Snowboards, Smith and Dakine.

Her latest podium showing is a silver medal at the Winter X Games ’11. A clean yet stylish backside 900 earned her praises but Kelly Clark pulled off an unprecedented 1080 to take gold. Farrington’s runner-up win will certainly increase her respect and fame in the snowboarding competition world.

No matter how successful she may have been in the past, Farrington knows she needs to keep her game at its highest level and continue improving. After Kelly Clark’s 1080, Farrington noted that all other competitors need to learn that trick in order to beat Clark. There is always something newer and bigger happening. That’s what makes it such a competitive sport. It’s a constant back and forth with increasingly harder tricks; making their debuts at every event a surprise.

No doubt Harrington will continue to impress and surprise at upcoming events. She’s most likely working on landing a 1080 for her next competition and everyone is looking forward to witnessing when she does.

 

Colleen Flynn

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