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First a gold medal, now a black diamond

Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington, a Wood River Valley native, holds up a new sign for a Bald Mountain ski/snowboard slope named in her honor during a community celebration of her accomplishments Saturday, March 1, at Warm Springs Lodge in Ketchum. Sun Valley Resort General Manager Tim Silva, left, and the resort’s mountain manager, Peter Stearns, second from left, presented the sign as a huge crowd applauded and cheered. Kaitlyn’s Bowl is now the official name of the former Farout Bowl, an expert slope in the Baldy bowls above Seattle Ridge. The celebration, organized by the resort and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, featured numerous speeches and gift presentations from prominent members of the community, including Bellevue Mayor Chris Koch, behind Farrington, state Sen. Michelle Stennett, second from right, and Farrington’s former snowboard coach Andy Gilbert, right. Farrington won the gold medal in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition last month at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Willy Cook



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