For Australian snowboarder Torah Bright, the road to Sochi is actually made up of three divergent paths. Bright is the only snowboarder, male or female, who will compete for medals in halfpipe (for which she’s the defending Olympic gold medalist), snowboardcross and the Olympic debut of slopestyle.
“I won’t lie: It’s really hectic,” Bright says. “But it’s been an enjoyable adventure so far. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be able to do it. But I’m loving it, and I think the thing I love most is that I’m doing my own thing and doing it the way I want to do it. It’s all snowboarding, and I love it.”
Bright admits her three-pronged attack has come with some extra baggage, both literally and figuratively. She packed 14 snowboards for Sochi before leaving her home in Park City, Utah, to make absolutely sure she’s prepared for all three disciplines in a wide range of variable snow conditions.
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