While we learn more about the athletes who will be representing the United States over the next few weeks in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics, we are having our eyes opened to some of the more interesting stories about how the top athletes have gotten to the pinnacle of their sport.
USA women’s halfpipe competitor Kaitlyn Farrington recently spoke with NBC Olympics.com and the video interview reveals that Farrington’s family would need to sell off cows from the family farm in Sunny Valley, Idaho in order to afford her Olympic training.
”Every week before [a] snowboard trip – on Wednesdays, I think – was the cattle sales. We’d load a cow up into the trailer before I went to school, and he’d take it to the cattle sale and sell it. And that was my money to go on that weekend trip to go compete,” Farrington told NBCOlympics.com.
“We don’t have any cows left after the whole thing happened. Both my parents were just so supportive and knew that I loved snowboarding so much. And so they wanted to see me do well.”
It may have cost Farrington and her family their cows, but it was a sacrifice well worth it.
Farrington will now have the opportunity to represent her country in Sochi later this week and attempt to bring home gold.