Torah looking for Bright start to The Games. Picture courtesy of news.optuszoo.com.au
Arguably Australia's leading gold medal hope, Torah Bright will be in action at The Games in Sochi on Sunday morning. Bright opens her campaign in the women’s snowboard slopestyle. It's the start of a triple snowboard campaign (a Games record). She’s also competing in snowboardcross and half-pipe, the discipline which brought her gold in Canada four years ago.
Slopestyle makes its debut at these Games. Bright is reigning champion in the half-pipe and ultra-competitive in the super-pipe, but familiar with slopestyle. The 27-year-old admits she had previously focused more on half-pipe because it was the only Olympic sport she competed in or medalled in at national events. It requires similar training and is based around freestyle snowboarding. Her performances in 2013 were solid enough, with victory in the Dew Tour Snowboard Super-pipe final in December in Breckenridge and a bronze at the World Championships in Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury in slopestyle. Her FIS World Cup performances in the current season in slopestyle include 10th at Stoneham, Canada, and 16th Cardrona, New Zealand.
Ultra-competitve American Jamie Anderson is the favourite after a string of impressive results at the Winter X Games and a massive win at the Mammoth Grand Prix to qualify for the US team. Canada’s 2013 FIS Snowboarding (slopestyle) World Championship gold medallist Spencer O’Brien is another good hope.
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