Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah snowboarders make the cut for Olympics
First Published Jan 19 2014 03:14 pm • Last Updated Jan 22 2014 04:41 pm

Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington of Salt Lake City qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday, the day after Park City’s Sage Kotsenburg clinched his trip.

The 24-year-old Farrington beat some of the gold-medal favorites to win the final qualifying event for snowboard halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. Her first-run score of 91.4 held up against Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter — Olympic champions in 2002 and 2006, respectively — among others to clinch her first trip to the Olympics.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"Going to Sochi is something I’ve been working for since the last Olympics," she said recently. "The last Olympics was my first trial run and I was devastated when I didn’t make it. … For four years, I’ve really been trying to put all my focus into going to Sochi."

Clark already had qualified, and reigning world champion Arielle Gold qualified alongside Farrington by finishing fifth on Sunday. Hannah Teter, the 2006 Olympic champion and 2010 silver medalist, later won the only discretionary spot available, ahead of Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight.

Meanwhile, Kotsenburg earned his first trip to the Olympics by winning the final qualifying event for snowboard slopestyle on Saturday.

But Sandy’s Louie Vito failed to reach the Olympics again in halfpipe, finishing fourth in the final qualifier at Mammoth on Sunday.

That left the former "Dancing With the Stars" participant short of automatic qualification, and he was passed over for the lone discretionary spot in favor of Danny Davis, who finished second in the final qualifier.

Two-time defending Olympic champion Shaun White, Greg Bretz and Taylor Gold all secured automatic spots on the team. White has qualified in both halfpipe and slopestyle.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.