Sequim, WA – March 11, 2010 – 20-year-old Gnu rider and Sun Valley, Idaho- native Kaitlyn Farrington won her first X-Games Halfpipe gold medal at the inaugural Winter X Games Europe in Tignes, France.
Farrington surprised everyone by upsetting reigning Olympic Halfpipe Gold Medalist Torah Bright by a full two points. Using her Gnu C2 Power Banana, Kaitlyn linked together an impressive run featuring a backside 540, stalefish air, backside 900, frontside 720, and cab 720.
Gnu Women’s Team Manager, Barrett Christy, shared her enthusiasm. “Kaitlyn has been getting better with each event this year. At this first European X-Games she threw down a run to rival gold medalist Torah Bright’s; it was technical, powerful, and smooth. I love how they are both pushing the level of women’s riding these days with big cab spins, inverted rotations, and style for miles. Kaitlyn has what it takes and I’m not at all surprised she won Euro X! I’m so proud of her, she deserves it and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next!”
Kaitlyn’s European X-Games gold medal has been another great achievement in an outstanding season for the promising young 20-year-old. Earlier this year she secured the 2nd Annual Dew Cup Halfpipe Title by winning the third and final stop at Mount Snow, VT.