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2nd Olympian w/Idaho Ties Wins Gold

From left, silver medalist Australia's Torah Bright, gold medalist United States' Kaitlyn Farrington and bronze medalist United States' Kelly Clark pose following the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Kaitlyn Farrington restored a little bit of luster to Team USA's Winter Olympics on Wednesday, taking back U.S. supremacy on the halfpipe that Shaun White and friends lost the night before. Farrington edged defending champion Torah Bright of Australia and American teammate Kelly Clark to win gold in the final at an almost tropical Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Farrington posted a score of 91.75 during her second run, just good enough to beat Bright's 91.50. Clark, who smacked the wall during her first run of the finals, recovered to earn bronze and win her third Olympic medal. "I fought to get in finals," Farrington said. "I did all three rounds. To come out on top, I couldn't believe it." Farrington, who grew up in Idaho and now lives in Salt Lake City, had spent most of the run-up to the Games playing second-fiddle to Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Idaho might be last in wages and last in education spending and a whole bunch of other things, but it's first among the states in the number of gold medals won by athletes with ties to the Gem State. How is that for a silver lining?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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