In the only good bit of emotional TV drama that ESPN have produced over the last few weeks, despite their best efforts to hype up everything, they’ve done a good in the form of an interview with Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington.
You might have heard that Kaitlyn has taken early retirement due to a spinal condition known as congenital spinal stenosis, at the age of 25. We can’t even begin to put into words how upset we were to learn of the news – not only is she a very talented rider, but a good human being deserving of every accolade given to her.
Whilst there’s other options for Kaitlyn to continue snowboarding, it’s a huge loss to competitive snowboarding that’s in a very polarised state at the moment. In womens halfpipe, Kaitlyn was a unique rider that strutted the tightrope of balancing technicality, style and amplitude – something that many people feel is being lost at the moment.
We hope Kaitlyn finds joy in the backcountry or whatever she moves onto next.
What would be super sick though, would be if she trained to be a judge…