With an aggressive riding style and amplitude to match, Torah Bright has become one of the biggest names in the business. After making her mark in the early 2000s, she spent the next few years cleaning up at halfpipe events, with overall Burton Open and TTR crowns among her haul.
In the 2006 Olympics, many thought she’d been robbed when her technical, stylish run was deemed only good enough for 5th place. Four years later she was elevated to household name status in her native Australia when she brought home the gold from Vancouver.
Having already achieved more than most riders, she went all in for Sochi 2014 and qualified for the slopestyle and boardercross as well as halfpipe. While she finished outside of the medals in the first two, she did enough to take 2nd in the pipe. Overall it was an amazing effort, and proof that for some riders it’s still mostly about having fun.
Away from the hill, she’s embrached her quasi-celebrity status and appeared in Australia’s Dancing With The Stars. Never pictured without a smile on her face, she remains one of the best ambassadors snowboarding could hope for.