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1) Idaho-native Kaitlyn Farrington, 24, won gold Wednesday in the women's halfpipe competition.

But, you may not know that Farrington's parents sold off their cattle to pay for her career. "I'm sure they do not miss those cows today," Farrington said of her parents.

2) Two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark started her own snowboarding foundation. Her goal is to help high school age and entry level snowboarders.

"I wanna build something bigger than myself," said Clark.

3) Arielle Gold, 17, has been home schooled since the 10th grade.

"Doing online school allows me to spend more time on the mountain in the early morning when the conditions are better," she said.

One of the teenager's nicknames is Ron Burgundy, which people started calling her during snowboarding practice when she was 10 years old.

4) Taylor Gold, 20, is Arielle's brother and is also on the U.S. Olympic snowboarding team.

He decided to become a competitive snowboarder after seeing the sport during the 2002 Olympics when he was 7 years old. Taylor Gold also loves to skateboard and play guitar.

5) Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has his own clothing line, has appeared in multiple films and his own video game.

White was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and had two major surgeries before his first birthday.

White's snowboarding career cost his parents $20,000 a year. In the early days of his career, White's family would camp in their 1964 Econoline van to Mammoth Mountain every weekend instead of paying for a hotel room.

6) Olympic gold winner Sage Kotsenburg, 20, started snowboarding at the age of five and made his U.S. Open debut at age 12.

Kotsenburg popularized the term "Spoice" during the 2014 Olympics. According to the Urban Dictionary, the word means an exclamation of gratitude toward life.

After Kotsenburg won his gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics he saw a jump in Twitter followers from 10,456 to 60,550.

7) Olympic gold medal winner Jamie Anderson, 23, was home schooled so she could concentrate on her snowboarding.

She is committed to environmentalism and sustainable living. Anderson also gives back to her community by coordinating a coat drive for Live Violence Free women's center in her hometown of South Lake Tahoe.

8) Chas Guldemond, 26, met his current slopestyle coach at a trampoline camp when he was 13. Guldemond was expelled from the camp for spying on girls.

Guldemond likes to sing Japanese karaoke. He once wore the same boxers during 40 competitions for good luck.

Information used in this report was obtained from NBCOlympics.com and the Associated Press.

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