08/03/2014 | by tristan
At no point in the Olympics could anyone keep Torah’s voice down; she was one of the first to speak up about the state of the pipe, she spoke out against being used as an example by pushy parents and she spoke out against the IOC banning people from wearing ‘I Ride For Sarah’ stickers:
Tonight marks the beginning of the 2014 Olympic Games. I am at these Olympics for multiple reason. Firstly, to represent my country and share with the world the sport which has blessed my life with beauty and joy. I am also here to honor my great friend Sarah Burke who left this world two years ago. I ride with a Sarah sticker on my snowboard and helmet always. The IOC however, consider Sarah stickers “a political statement” and have banned them. WOW. Sarah is a beautiful, talented, powerful women, who’s spirit inspires me still. She is a big reason why skier pipe/slope are now Olympic events.
Snowboarding needs people to stick up for its core principles, especially on a world stage. Torah was one of the few to really vocalise her concerns about certain aspects of the Olympics, another reason she was such a great representative to have.