More Northwest Athletes Qualify For Sochi Olympics

Jan 21, 2014

It's not just the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl that will make for an exciting February for Northwest sports fans. The Winter Olympics start mere days later. More Northwest athletes have punched their tickets to the Games in Sochi, Russia.

Angeli VanLaanen of Bellingham was named to the U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe.
Credit Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

A first place performance at the final Olympic qualifying event secured a spot on Team USA for a snowboarder from Sun Valley, Idaho.

"Let's hear it for Kaitlyn Farrington! Pulling it off in the clutch right there, the last possible chance to make the team..."

Team announcers called the 24-year-old Farrington up to the stage at Mammoth Mountain, California four years after she narrowly missed the cut for the Vancouver Olympics. Meanwhile, in a different halfpipe final in Park City, Utah, pro skier Angeli VanLaanan of Bellingham, Washington landed atop the podium. Her story is noteworthy because she overcame Lyme disease and a three year hiatus for treatment to qualify for Sochi. The very latest skier to officially learn she's Sochi-bound is slalom and giant slalom racer Jasmine Campbell. This Whitman College student - who hails from Sun Valley - is not with Team USA however. She'll carry the flag of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she was born.

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