Torah Bright

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Torah Bright
Torah Bright in Nicole Miller at Heart Truth 2013 NY.jpg
Torah Bright modelling in the 2013 The Heart Truth show in New York City
Personal information
Full name Torah Jane Bright
Born (1986-12-27) 27 December 1986 (age 27)
Cooma, New South Wales
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Sport
Country  Australia
Sport Snowboarding
Coached by Ben Bright[1]

Torah Jane Bright (born 27 December 1986 in Cooma, New South Wales) is an Australian professional snowboarder.

She is an Olympic gold and silver medalist. In 2013 she won a bronze medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championships. She lives and trains in the area of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Early life[edit]

Torah was born on 27 December 1986, to parents Peter and Marion Bright; she is the fourth of five siblings, and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] Her parents named her "Torah" after her sister Rowena learned from her Jewish piano teacher that the name referred to the Jewish name for the Five books of Moses and meant "bearer of a great spiritual message", and suggested the name for her new sister.[3][2][4]

She grew up in Cooma, New South Wales, and attended Cooma North Public School at the base of the Snowy Mountains. She started out as a downhill ski racer.[5][6]

Torah's brother Ben is also a professional snowboarder, and was and remains her coach. Her older sister Rowena competed in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics in alpine skiing.

Career[edit]

Bright uses a goofy stance.

She finished 30th overall at the 2005 World Championships in Whistler, Canada and was runner-up for the World Cup title during the 2003–04 season.

Bright entered only three World Cup events during the 2004–05 season, both in February at the 2006 Winter Olympic venue of Bardonecchia. She placed third in both events, qualifying for the Australian Olympic team.

In 2006, Bright earned a silver medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. She returned the following year, winning the gold medal in the women's superpipe event. She is the first Australian snowboarder to ever win gold at the Winter X Games (11), beating Winter Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter.

In 2007, Bright took first at the Nissan X-Trail Nippon Open in the women's halfpipe, giving her back-to-back wins in two consecutive competitions. At the 2007 World Super Pipe Championships in Park City, Utah, Bright won first place, beating 2002 Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. In late 2007, she made the podium for both events in the Roxy Chicken Jam, the final event in the TTR (Ticket to Ride) Snowboard Tour, where she became the 2007 TTR world champion.[7]

Bright during the 2010 Winter Olympics

In 2010, at the Winter Olympics at Vancouver, Bright was chosen to carry the flag for Australia at the opening ceremonies,[8] and qualified for the no. 1 spot for the final of the women's halfpipe, despite suffering two concussions beforehand in training. Crashing out in her first run in the final, Bright was the first competitor to make a second run. With a successful second run, she posted a score of 45.0, which remained the highest score through the field's second run. Bright became the fourth Australian to win a Winter Olympics gold medal.

In 2013 at the Winter X Games XVII in Aspen, Colorado, she came in fourth in the superpipe behind medalists Kelly Clark, Elena Hight, and Arielle Gold.[9][10]

In 2014 at the Winter Olympics at Sochi, having entered an unprecedented triple of slopestyle, halfpipe, and boarder-cross, Bright finished 7th in the inaugural women's slopestyle final, and went on to win silver with a score of 91.50 in the women's halfpipe. This was Australia's first medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The medal also saw Bright surpass Alisa Camplin to become Australia's most successful Winter Olympics athlete.[11]

Endorsements[edit]

Bright has a lifelong sponsorship with Rhythm Snowsports, located in her home town Cooma. She also has a head-to-toe sponsorship with Roxy, the female-specific brand of action-sports company Quiksilver. For the 2008–09 season, she worked to expand her career into design, working on a new addition to the Roxy's women's line, dubbed the "Bright Series," which includes her snowboard, the Roxy Eminence.[12] Her other sponsors include Subway and Boost Mobile.

Competition results[edit]

2014

2013

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Burton Global Open Champion
  • TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion 06/07
  • 1st – Half-pipe – Burton New Zealand Open
  • 4th – Slope-style – Burton New Zealand Open
  • 2nd – Half-pipe – Roxy Chicken Jam (USA)
  • 3rd – Slope-style – Roxy Chicken Jam (USA)
  • 2nd – Slope-style – Burton US Open
  • 3rd – Half-pipe – Burton US Open
  • 1st – Super-pipe – World Super-pipe Championships
  • 1st – Half-pipe – X-Trail Nippon Open
  • 1st – Half-pipe – EXPN Winter X Games 11

2006

  • 1st – Half-pipe – US Open
  • 1st – Super-pipe – World Super-pipe Championships Park City, Utah.
  • 1st – Vans Cup

2005

  • 1st – Arctic Challenge, Tromsø, Norway
  • 2nd – US Open
  • 1st – Nippon Open
  • 3rd – FIS World Cup
  • 3rd – Slope-style – Roxy Chicken Jam (USA)
  • 30th – 2005 World Championships in Whistler, Canada

2004

  • 1st – Half-Pipe – FIS World Cup, Turin
  • 2nd – World Cup, Whistler, British Columbia
  • 2nd – FIS World Cup, Juetsu, Japan
  • 3rd – FIS World Cup, Sapporo, Japan
  • 2nd – Roxy pro, Les Arc, France

2003

  • Runner Up for the World Cup Title – 2003–04 season

Personal life[edit]

Bright is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has said, "For me it's just a way of life – I don't drink, smoke, drink tea or coffee, or have sex before marriage. I've never drunk or smoked but I'll go out to dance and stay up late and then drive home at the end of the night."[6]

She was married to American pro snowboarder Jake Welch from 2010 to 2013.[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snowboard – Cross – Athlete: Torah BRIGHT". Fis-ski.com. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Snowboard tricks don't flip standards". Church News. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Is Snowboarding Gold Medalist Torah Bright Jewish?". Jewish Journal. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "In Praise of Torah". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Morrell, Lucy (21 Jan 2010). "Torah brightens parents' day". Cooma-Monaro Express. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Piers, Hernu (11 April 2009). "'I've never drunk or smoked', says champion snowboarder Torah Bright". Daily Mail (in English) (UK: Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  7. ^ Torah Bright Discusses 2009 Roxy Snow Line[dead link]
  8. ^ Nicole, Jeffery (13 February 2010). "Torah Bright chosen to carry Australian flag in Vancouver". The Australian (in English) (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Keith Hamm (26 January 2013). "Kelly Clark three-peats in SuperPipe". ESPN. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  10. ^ John Coon (11 February 2014). "From Students to Sochi: Arielle Gold soars straight from Steamboat Springs High School". MaxPreps. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sochi Winter Olympics: Torah Bright content after silver medal in halfpipe". YouTube. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 Feb 2014. 
  12. ^ "Torah's official TTR profile". Retrieved 10 October 2007. 
  13. ^ "Torah Bright With the Win in Women's Snowboard Superpipe Final". 
  14. ^ Branch, John (19 February 2010). "Torah Bright Wins Women’s Halfpipe". New York Times. 
  15. ^ "USA Today – Torah Bright Wins". 22 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Bright wins gold at Winter X". USA Today. 24 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "Kelly Clark Wins – Bright comes in 2nd". 
  18. ^ "Torah Bright wins 2008 Superpipe World Championships". 
  19. ^ "Killington". 
  20. ^ "US Snowboard Tour". 
  21. ^ "Burton US Open". 
  22. ^ "Burton US Open – Roxy Blog". 
  23. ^ "Torah Bright Wins". 
  24. ^ News.com.au (9 June 2013). "Olympic golden girl Torah Bright splits from husband". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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