Last winter Idaho and the world watched Kaitlyn Farrington of Bellevue beat out defending champion Torah Bright and teammate Kelly Clark in the women's snowboarding halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to win the gold medal.
This year she announced she is retiring from snowboarding after learning of a medical condition she was born with.
The Bellevue native Farrington announced on Instagram that she was diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis of the spine. People with the condition are born with an unusually narrow spinal canal, which can put pressure on the spinal cord as they age, causing pain and other problems.