Kaitlyn Farrington. I’ve cried a few times this year hearing about what she has been through. I dedicated my own post about injury and losing my identity as a snowboarder to her, considering she was told at the same time I was dealing with my own injuries, that she was NEVER allowed to snowboard again.
Following winning the gold medal in halfpipe at the 2014 Olympics, 25 year old Kaitlyn Farrington was diagnosed with a spine condition that meant if she took one more big fall, she could end up a paraplegic (watch the heart wrenching video interview with her at the bottom of this post) . How do you deal with that? She just won a gold medal for christ’s sake. Kaitlyn, now a grounded snowboarder, unable to jump or send it in the halfpipe looked to backcountry snowboarding, splitboarding and climbing as her next challenge. With a few friends set out to climb the ‘Almost famous volcano tourr’ in the Cascades, summiting 25 volcanoes in 6 weeks.
“I feel like I did so much in such a little amount of time that it made me believe that anything is possible. I still have so much that I wanted to do, but I accomplished a lot. I feel like I achieved one of the goals that every kid dreams about. If you set your mind to something and you really want it, you can achieve it.”
This is what she had to say about the experience….