DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After a week in New York on the talk-show circuit (hitting The Late Show With David Letterman and Live with Kelly and Michael), Sunday brought a Daytona 500 stop for Kaitlyn Ferrington.
Next up for the snowboarding gold medalist is a much-needed break.
"I've got nothing else to do," said the Sun Valley, Idaho, native who captured her event Feb. 12 at the Sochi Games. "I'll keep snowboarding and hopefully go to the Olympics in South Korea."
Gold medal winner Kaitlyn Farrington talks to Sochi Studios about the emotions of winning a gold. Gannett
Ferrington, who had a seat in an honorary race official car for Sunday's pace laps, said she surprised a lot of people after being the final snowboarder named to the U.S. team in mid-January.
"I went there expecting to make the finals, and to walk away with a gold medal was unbelievable," she said. "There were a lot of other favorites. I'm so excited about it."
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Having had time to evaluate domestic news media coverage of the Winter Olympics, Ferrington said the Games weren't as unprepared as it might have seemed.
"The biggest story over here was the hotel rooms, but for us, it wasn't anything like that," she said. "The media really played it up. That was the main story that was a little different over there."