She had to skip the World Junior Snowboarding Championships last year, but this year Kaitlyn Farrington not only showed up, she stepped up on the podium.
Farrington was the silver medalist in halfpipe at Valmalenco, Italy on March 20. The 18-year-old Bellevue resident, a member of both the U.S. Snowboarding Team and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's snowboarding team, scored 41.0 points to garner second place behind France's Sophie Rodriguez who had a 43.1.
"Kaitlyn had a great run," U.S.S.T. program manager Abbi Nyberg said. "She's got the McTwist down solid."
Sun Valley coach Andy Gilbert recounted the medal-winning run.
He said, "Kaitlyn threw down frontside and backside 540s, a frontside 720 and an inverted McTwist. These are tricks seen at the pro level. This is a huge result for Kaitlyn and an important step in the career of any young rider. Olympic gold medalists Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark also medaled at this event."
Farrington led four Americans in the top 21. Conneticut's Brooke Shaw was sixth overall with 19.3 points.
"If this doesn't get her on the U.S. pro team next year, I don't know what will," Gilbert said.
The Wood River Valley native now joins 19 Sun Valley teammates at the USASA National Championships, March 29-April 5, at Copper Mountain, Colo.