With the Olympics now over for snowboarding and the medals dished out it's time for the last award; The Whitelines Overall Olympic Gold.
Obviously it was Torah Bright who won, no competition. But if you need convincing why, here are eight great reasons.
[part title="She did all three events"]
How many people can honestly say they are true all-rounders? Guys like Shaun Palmer and Terje Haakonsen could rip everything from pipes to races, but to do it all at the highest level in one week? That puts you up to true hero status right there.
Torah Bright surprised everyone when she announced she would riding in slopestyle, halfpipe and boardercross in Sochi, but when questioned about how her training would conflict she simply said, "It's all snowboarding isn't it?"
[part title="She always has a great time"]
The whole way through the 'Lympics Torah was clearly having a great time, a genuine grin permanently stuck to her face. But what made it really obvious she was stoked just to be there was how she dealt with her results.
After a seventh place finish in the slopestyle (if she's stuck her run cleanly she could have easily run away with a medal) she simply said there's 'more to life than snowboarding,' but not in the manner you'd normally expect from a top level athlete, you could believe her! She even streaked away from the athletes area to be among the first to congratulate Jenny Jones on her bronze.
She lost out on the halfpipe gold by a quarter of a point with a run than many people saw as worthy of the gold, but instead of showing any disappointment she was obviously genuinely stoked for Kaitlyn Farrington's success.
The non-competitive vibe from snowboarding was one of the main reasons it became to darling sport of the mainstream media, and there was no better advertisement for this attitude than Torah.
[part title="She spoke her mind"]
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.
[part title="The McTwist"]
No one had any idea Torah had a McTwist in her bag, so when she unleashed it in her first run of the finals, stomping it to perfection at that, everyone was stunned. Tim Warwood and Ed Leigh lost it in the BBC commentary box and Whitelines HQ exploded.
If you haven't seen Torah's pipe run, go find it now. Along with Kaitlyn Farrington's winning run it shows how high the standard of women's pipe can be and should hopefully start inspiring the next generation of female riders to aim at least as high. Boundary breaking.
[part title="Indys in Boardercross"]
You can take the rider out of the park, but you can't take the park out of the rider.
In the women's boardercross Torah Bright was definitely one of the funnest riders to watch, not only because - as usual - she was all smiles and good times, but she made up for her lack in speed by simply looking the best on a board.
We can understand why boardercross riders tend to sacrifice style for control, when you're that close to the edge its fine. However, Torah refused to let her signature steeze slip away from her in her heat, grabbing indy whenever she could and even holding her grab when someone clipped her tail mid-air. If boardercross was judged on style as well, she would have been gold.
[part title="Her coach is pure Aussie"]
Torah's never complete at a contest without her big brother and coach Benny, who's about as permanently stoked as she is. He's also as outspoken as his sis, declaring 'this pipe is fackin' shiiit' to the assembled press, much to their surprise.
His coaching technique is probably one of the reasons why Torah is so relaxed; when our man in Sochi asked if he thought she deserved the pipe gold he simply said:
I don't really care to be honest, I'm just happy for her.
Amazing! If only every coach was relaxed as that. We can't imagine that coming out of Bud Keane's mouth...
[part title="The rest of her family is awesome too"]
How rad is this? The kids in the video above are Torah's nephews, telling her that as long as you try your best, you always win.
Again, probably another reason why her attitude is so right on.
As well as having one of the most permanently stoked Instagram accounts going, Torah decided the best way her fans could get her through her three Olympic events was to make special dance videos and post them to her with the hashtag #TorahTime.
Way cooler than endless boring 'thanks for the support' tweets and definitely an interesting way to get hyped up for an international contest, it was a another fitting way for Torah Bright to show the world how rad snowboarding can be.