Winter Games Athletes
While soccer and swimming were two of her favorite sports as a kid, Farrington didn’t find her true passion until she began competing on the snowboard team in high school. Though her parents were skiers, they were so supportive of their daughter’s dream that they wound up selling their cows so she would have the money to travel to competitions. In 2008, Farrington began her rise to stardom with a silver medal in the halfpipe at the junior world championships, but it was two years later when she really began to make her mark, winning the Dew Tour title and a gold medal in the superpipe at the 2010 Winter X Games. Farrington earned silvers at the X Games the following season before winning the U.S. Grand Prix overall championship in 2012. The 24-year-old became the first woman to perform a backside 900 maneuver and solidified her place among the world’s elite by winning the season’s final U.S. Olympic qualifier - defeating Olympic gold-medal favorite Kelly Clark in the halfpipe. Farrington will try to do the same in Sochi and show that selling the family cows was the right move when she makes her Olympic debut.