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Kaitlyn Farrington ~ Halfpipe

Photograph By Courtesy of Burton

"Coming into Sochi I was just hoping to make the team, first of all, and so to be here and walk away with the gold is unbelievable to me," said Kaitlyn Farrington, after edging out Vancouver 2010 gold medalist Torah Bright and women's halfpipe dominator Kelly Clark to top the Olympic podium. She wasn't the only one who was surprised, but if you didn't see her coming you haven't been paying attention: Farrington secured her trip to Sochi with a win at the final U.S. Grand Prix event at Mammoth Mountain in January, then won bronze at X Games Aspen 2014.