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Mon., Feb. 24, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

Sun Valley Welcomes Back Olympian

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 Feb. 12 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP file photo/Sergei Grits)

Kaitlyn Farrington stepped off the Delta jet to a hero’s welcome at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey — greeted by close friends and family, a band, two mayors and a congratulatory banner held by local snowboarding girls. Then she walked through the glass doors and stepped into a frenzy inside the terminal, where she posed for photos, signed autographs and showed off the gold medal she won in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics. She stopped a couple times to brush away tears. “This is the first time I’ve cried,” Farrington said/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Two of my three favorite Olympian performances, of course, were the ones with Idaho ties -- by Kaitlyn Farrington, Sage Kotsenberg -- as well as the gold won by the USA ice dance team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White. How about you?

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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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