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Celebrations Continue for Kaitlyn Farrington
Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV)
Kaitlyn Farrington’s remarks to the crowd include, "I'm just so thankful, thank you so much for supporting me throughout my journey."
Farrington getting applause from fans of all ages that came out to celebrate her gold medal victory just weeks earlier.
From mayors to former Olympians, to coaches and parents, Warm Springs Lodge was packed with people wanting to thank the Olympian for making Idaho proud.
Coach Andy Gilbert notes, “it’s incredible. I think we kind of knew… there's a big buzz around this week and I think we thought there was going to be a crowd but we didn't expect the people that came out today.”
Kaitlyn’s father, Gary Farrington, adds, “this is fantastic for this community. I've never seen it this exciting and since Monday since she flew home all the schools were let out and lining the streets.”
The celebration fittingly taking place on Picabo Street, named after Idaho's other golden girl, but Kaitlyn now having some impressive signage of her own.
Says Gilbert of a run on the mountain now called “Kaitlyn’s Bowl”, “the good thing is that’s one of my favorite runs on the mountain already and that just makes it so much better.”
Her father could do little to shield his emotions throughout the ceremony.
Gary notes, “I’m very proud of her. She’s an exciting girl, she’s a kick, but this is just the ultimate it could be."
Gilbert adds, “it’s been fun for her to be home this week and I think it’s going to sink in later just how amazing this celebration was.”