Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley’s superpipe sweetheart: a role model beyond the podium.

Sun Valley, ID-Jan 17, 2013-Hailing from Sun Valley, Idaho, 23-year-old Kaitlyn Farrington is launching her halfpipe career while winning over the hearts of aspiring groms. The overall 2012 Grand Prix champion is a major podium contender for upcoming 2013 competitions with runs consisting of a back-to-back 900s, an inverted frontside 720 and an alley-oop 540. 

She most recently took the victory at the recent Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado –  and now she’s gearing up for the first stop of the 2013 X-Games being held in Aspen Colorado, January 24-27, 2013. During her holiday respite at her hometown resort, Sun Valley, she spent a day riding with the girls’ snowboard team of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), inspiring the girls ranging in ages from 9-14.

“I was excited to meet and ride with the girls who on the SVSEF’s snowboard team,” smiled Kaitlyn, “When I was on the team, I was only one of two girls, and now there’s about 10 of them. It’s great to see the girls’ interest in this sport growing.” In addition to being a role model, Kaitlyn played ‘gracious host’ to the girls with a hot cocoa round table, answering many of the youngsters’ questions about her blossoming career. As Kaitlyn added, “They are adorable; I liked the offbeat questions, too, like what my favorite cartoon was growing up.”

“Kaitlyn was so much fun to hang with. She’s like a big kid with a big heart,” glowed Sascha Sullivan, age 9, ‘Devo’ SVSEF Snowboard Team member. “I couldn’t think of a better opportunity – a great role model like Kaitlyn with our up-and-coming competitive snowboarders.” said Andy Gilbert, snowboarding head coach of SVSEF. She’s got the personality to match her talent for riding the halfpipe – warm-hearted and hard charging. With a lineup of sponsors such as The North Face, Gnu, Giro, The House Boardshop, Monster, Sprint, and Sun Valley, her support base is gaining momentum. Sun Valley has boosted its terrain area by creating a 22-foot Olympic-sized superpipe for its athletes, namely Kaitlyn.

“I’m so proud to see Sun Valley develop an Olympic-sized pipe for myself and aspiring athletes to train in,” beams Kaitlyn. “I’m not forced to travel long distances to train at crowded halfpipes anymore; it couldn’t be more perfect.”

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