Torah Bright’s road to Sochi rocky, but redemptive

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Defending Olympic women’s halfpipe gold medalist Torah Bright has undertaken quite the load in the Winter Games, attempting to medal not just in her usual discipline, but also in slopestyle and snowboard cross. That would make anyone’s Olympic path grueling, but Bright’s has been especially tough. Since her win in Vancouver in 2010, she’s suffered injury both physical, with multiple concussions, and emotional, with losing one of her best friends, pro freeskier Sarah Burke—whom she’s been prohibited from honoring in her usual way due to IOC regulations—to a halfpipe training accident in 2012.

Nothing if not humble, Bright posted this image to Instagram after Jamie Anderson took home slopestyle gold. "So proud of all these amazing babes who went and did themselves and the sport of snowboarding proud. @jamieandersonsnow @ennirukajarvi @jennyjonessnow you did it!!!!!" she wrote. Photo via Torah Bright's Instagram

Nothing if not humble, Bright, left, tweeted this image after Jamie Anderson, right, took home slopestyle gold. Photo via Instagram

The 27-year-old Australian has taken a holistic and healthy view of it all, however, maintaining the disposition her last name alludes to even when failing to reach the podium in women’s snowboard slopestyle Sunday afternoon. No doubt she’s a strong rider—Bright attempted the only Cab 900s in the women’s final—but her mental toughness might be the real key to her ability to take home double gold as the Winter Games continue.

Bright continues competition at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sochi time, with women’s snowbord halfpipe qualifiers. Check out the viewer’s guide on

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