Athlete Says Her Family's Beef Funded Olympic Dreams

Athlete Says Her Family's Beef Funded Olympic Dreams

Gold medalist snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington of Idaho explains road to the Olympics

Gold medalist snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington has her farm experience and farm funding to thank in part for making it to the top of the podium at the Sochi Olympics this week, reports Philip O'Connor for Reuters.

The 24-year-old from Sun Valley, Idaho, battled against two previous gold medal winners on her way to win the women's halfpipe snowboarding competition on Wednesday.

After the competition, Farrington credited her father's willingness to sell his cattle to fund her early snowboarding career, O'Connor reports.

"When I started competing in bigger events, my dad had to sell his cows just to get me to those bigger events across the country," Farrington said in a news conference.

Gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe (Olympic photo)

"I think the cattle sales were Wednesday, so before I'd go to school, I'd help my dad load a cow up into the trailer, maybe two, and he'd take them to the cattle sale and auction them off.

"My parents have been backing me from day one, and I'm sure they do not miss those cows today."

Farrington has suffered several injuries on her path to Sochi – a broken wrist, thumb and many knee injuries.

"Growing up on a ranch made me the person I am today," she said. "It definitely made me a tough girl. As my parents have been saying this whole journey, 'just cowgirl up'. That's kind of what I've gotta do."

Read the full story: Cowgirl Kaitlyn stands out from the herd

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