Kaitlyn Farrington

Kaitlyn Farrington, Olympic halfpipe champ, eyes slopestyle at Dew Tour

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Kaitlyn Farrington is serious about adding slopestyle to her snowboarding repertoire.

The Sochi Olympic halfpipe champion submitted a video of her tricks on a slopestyle course from earlier this summer to Dew Tour officials, hoping to be invited to the Dec. 11-14 Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., in a discipline she said she hasn’t contested in a few years.

“Hopefully, I will get in,” Farrington, whose Olympic gold medal ought to carry a little clout, said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Farrington said regular slopestyle riders often nudge her to compete with them.

“That’s why I would really like to see how well I can do,” said the 24-year-old raised on an Idaho cattle ranch. “I’m a really good jumper. I hope I would be not far from them [the top slope riders].”

The world’s best slopestyle rider is U.S. Olympic teammate Jamie Anderson, the Sochi gold medalist.

Farrington said she’s tailoring her 2014-15 season around two competitions, Dew Tour and the Winter X Games, Jan. 22-25 in Aspen, Colo. She does not expect to contest the 2015 World Championships in Austria.

“The past two times I’ve done World Champs, I’ve broken my wrist right before,” she said. “World Champs reminds me of breaking my wrist too much. I’m afraid to go back.”

Farrington traveled plenty as an Olympic gold medalist the last seven months. One of the highlights was a trip with the U.S. Olympic team to the White House in April.

There, she met President Barack Obama and “heckled” him during a speech in front of the U.S. contingent and media.

In a closing remark, Obama told the young athletes, “Don’t tear up the place,” inside the East Room.

“We already did!” shouted a female voice in response. That turned out to be Farrington, who also said she did “The Worm” dance in front of a pianist inside the White House.

Shaun White ‘more motivated’ to compete than before Sochi

Why did Shaun White cut his hair? Carrot Top

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Shaun White said a revelatory chat with Carrot Top led to the Olympic snowboarding champion chopping off his flowing red locks more than seven years ago, according to a report.

“I went to an event in Vegas where I run into Carrot Top,” White wrote, according to a Bleacher Report AMA last Wednesday. “We were talking about our hair and he basically looked at me like you could see into his soul and he basically said he was stuck like this. And at that point it was like seeing the ghost of Christmas future. And at that point I was like omg I can change.”

White documented a meeting with Carrot Top on social media in September 2013, but that was 10 months after the haircut. They must have met in 2012, too.

White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, posted video of the haircut in December 2012, saying he didn’t tell anybody beforehand. He had grown tired of the nickname.

He donated the hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for needy children.

White is known for charitable efforts for children, including with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, requiring two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White, a 33-year-old who recently changed his hair color to blond, announced in February that he ended a bid to make the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team for the Tokyo Games.

He is expected to compete for a spot in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he could be the oldest U.S. Olympic halfpipe rider in history.

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Susie O’Neill, Australian great, answers Katie Ledecky by balancing beer while swimming

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Katie Ledecky‘s feat of balancing a glass of chocolate milk while swimming reverberated Down Under, where one of Australia’s Olympic legends attempted to mimic it with a cup of beer.

Susie O’Neill, an eight-time Olympic medalist from 1992-2000 known as Madame Butterfly, accepted a challenge put forth by her fellow radio show hosts. In video shared across Australian media, she took 13 strokes before the beer came off her head, just before reaching a wall.

“It’s actually not as hard as I expected,” O’Neill said in an Instagram Live. “Well, it was pretty hard.”

O’Neill, 47, said backstrokers sometimes train with a water bottle on their foreheads to stay straight. But O’Neill, a freestyler and butterflier, never balanced anything on her head while training.

MORE: O’Neill in tears watching Sydney Olympic defeat for first time

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