Sochi Olympics: The Idaho connections

February 2, 2014 

Kaitlyn Farrington, who grew up on a ranch in Bellevue, during the 2012 FIS Halfpipe Snowboarding World Cup in Cadrona, New Zealand.

COURTESY OF THE U.S. SKI AND SNOWBOARD ASSOCIATION

The Gem State will be represented by eight athletes at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia — three snowboarders, two skiers, a biathlete, a bobsledder and a hockey player.

JASMINE CAMPBELL: ALPINE SKIING

Idaho connection: Born in the Virgin Islands and moved to Sun Valley when she was 10. She lives and trains there but will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in Sochi.

Age: 22

Competition schedule: Women’s giant slalom (Feb. 18), women’s slalom (Feb. 21)

Olympic experience: None (her father and coach, John, skied for theU.S. Virgin Islands in the 1992 Games).

Quotable: “It’s surreal. And it’s really overwhelming. It’s a little bit daunting knowing that I’m going to be carrying the (U.S. Virgin Islands) flag all alone, but you’ve just got to set your emotions aside and handle it.”

NICK CUNNINGHAM: BOBSLED

Idaho connection: Former sprinter and team captain for the Boise State men’s track and field team.

Age: 28

Resides: Lake Placid, N.Y.

Competition schedule: Two-man bobsled (Feb. 16-17), four-man bobsled (Feb. 22-23)

Olympic experience: Placed 12th in the two-man and 13th in the four-man in 2010 as a brakeman.

Quotable: “We’re not usually in the spotlight when we’re on tour, so this is our one shot to show the world what we have. We definitely want to make the best of it. My guys know we’re going in there for business and we have a team that can win.”

KAITLYN FARRINGTON: SNOWBOARD

Idaho connection: Grew up on a ranch in Bellevue and graduated from Silver CreekAlternative School in Hailey.

Age: 24

Resides: Salt Lake City

Competition schedule: Women’s halfpipe (Feb. 12)

Olympic experience: None

Quotable: “I’m trying to medal. I definitely think I have it in me to be standing on the podium at the end of this Olympics, so I’m really reaching for that.”

ERIK FISHER: ALPINE SKIING

Idaho connection: Boise resident and Eagle High graduate.

Age: 28

Competition schedule: Downhill (Feb. 9)

Olympic experience: He made the 2010 team, but did not compete because of an injury.

Quotable: “I really didn’t think (the Olympics) was possible until my dad took me to the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake, and I stood on the side of the mountain and watched the guys ski and thought to myself, ‘I can do that.’ … It was more something I expected of myself and not really this distant goal.”

NATE HOLLAND: SNOWBOARDCROSS

Idaho connection: Sandpoint High graduate

Age: 35

Resides: Splits time between Truckee, Calif., and Sandpoint.

Competition schedule: Men’s snowboardcross (Feb. 17)

Olympic experience: Finished 14th in 2006 in Torino; crashed in the four-man final to finish fourth in 2010 in Vancouver.

Quotable: “If there’s any opportunity for a pass for a win, I’m going to take it. That’s just who I am and how I race. I really don’t have any desire to be a silver or bronze medalist. It’s that top spot that I’ve grown to love.”

JESSIKA JENSON: SNOWBOARD

Idaho connection: Rigby High graduate

Age: 22

Resides: Rigby

Competition schedule: Women’s slopestyle (Feb. 6, 9)

Olympic experience: None

Quotable: “It’s so unreal to me. When I was notified that I made the team, my coach Bill Enos had to tell me multiple times before it registered in my head that I have made the Olympic team. It feels rewarding to know that the hard work that I’ve put in has put me this far in my snowboarding career. It was all a big dream from the start, and here I am now living my dream.”

HILARY KNIGHT: HOCKEY

Idaho connection: Has lived in Sun Valley since 2009

Age: 24

Competition schedule: Team USA debuts Feb. 8. Medal games are Feb. 20.

Olympic experience: Won a silver medal with Team USA in 2010.

Quotable: “It’s a huge challenge, a huge opportunity — everything you could ask for, I guess. It’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s nothing like putting on your jersey or your sweater and being able to compete on behalf of your country. It’s a dream all of us chase day in and day out.”

SARA STUDEBAKER: BIATHLON

Idaho connection: Boise High graduate

Age: 29

Resides: Splits time between Lake Placid, N.Y., and Anchorage

Competition schedule: 7.5-kilometer sprint (Feb. 9), 10k pursuit (Feb. 11), 15k individual (Feb. 14), 12.5k mass start (Feb. 17), mixed relay (Feb. 19), women’s relay (Feb. 21). Studebaker needs to qualify for the pursuit and mass start and likely won’t go in the mixed relay.

Olympic experience: Finished 34th (individual), 45th (sprint), 46th (pursuit) and 17th (relay) in 2010.

Quotable: “I hope I can have some of my best results at the time that it really matters.”

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