Olympic snowboard gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington visited with teenagers at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho on November 18th to talk to them about protecting the environment. She told the students that once she got into snowboarding and did it all the time is when she realized how important it is to work towards also keeping our planet clean and healthy so that people can continue to do outdoors sports on a regular basis. In addition to that, she noted that spending more time in the mountains gave her a higher sense of appreciation for Mother Nature and that people often take wildlife and rural lands for granted. Along with Farrington, the Wood River Land Trust and organization Protect Our Winter showed up to support the athlete’s efforts of raising awareness for protecting our natural land and resources. Protect Our Winter, also known as POW, told the students that they offer grants to the youngster who start up programs that benefit sustainability.
The snowboarder is also a native of Hailey and she grew up on a ranch nearby where she got lots of time outside. By the time Farrington reached high school she was already a competitive snowboarder, and since she was so dedicated to her sport her parents ended up selling their property to support her. She is the first woman to ever perform a backside 900 and has an ability to go about nine feet in the air with the use of a half pipe. Farrington won her first gold medal in the 2010 X Games Europe and also won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Farrington visited her old stomping grounds of Hailey, Idaho earlier this month to talk to students about keeping our planet as healthy as we can so that future generations may benefit from it the same way we do now.
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