Winter Olympics Vancouver: Aussie Snowboarder Torah Bright is as Good as Gold

Torah Bright is raw talent and one of the world’s best snowboarders. At the age of 23, she has won more snowboarding titles than you could poke a stick at. She spends a few weeks each year promoting her snow wear label. Blessed with good looks and a humble but fiercely determined nature, Torah has made her mark in the fashion and pop culture. No other female snowboarder has ever been as sought after by the media, sponsors and fans alike…

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 Torah Bright


Country girl, Torah Bright was born and raised in Cooma, not far from the NSW snowy mountains in Australia.  At the tender age of 14, Torah turned pro and with the help of her brother and coach Ben Bright, she is one of the best and most highest-paid female snowboarders in the world.  Her older sister, Rowena, represented Australia in Alpine skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.  Torah has created her own own line of snow wear and boards, and has even appeared in a video game.  She currently resides in Utah where she trains, competes and runs a successful business with her brother Ben.

“I was involved all the way, from the design to the materials used. Snowboarding is as much a lifestyle, as it is a sport and fashion is a big part of that. I’m on the ground with other snowboarders everyday so I have a good feel of what works with outerwear. I wanted to create something that was comfortable but very Gen Y in colour and flair.” 
Torah Bright 2010 Collection

“At these Games, there are so many pressures on everyone, so if I can be leading the team, with a smile on my face and joy in my heart, and take this into my sport…I will do my best, and we will all do our best…This is very special, not only for me but for my family and my town…We have all these young kids coming up…we have athletes in most of the (Winter Olympic) sports and for Australia that is pretty damned good.” ~ Torah Bright, Australian Pro Snowboarder, half-pipe specialist and two-time Olympian

{The stone statue – or inukshuk    (pronounced inn-ukk-shook) - towers above the entrance of the Whistler Olympic Park Nordic Sports venue ~ the official emblem of the Games (means friend and is placed at stadiums to say “Hello” to the world).  The Inuit people have piled-up rocks into the human form to create inukshuks for centuries.}

{The Norwegian Star is docking on the North Shore, 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  It houses 896 guests during the Olympics.  Cabins are $650 a night.  The Fairmont Chateau Whistler ‘rules’ over the valley from the base of Blackcomb Mountain.  It has rooms starting at  $1330 a night, minimum four night stay.  Many Vancouverites are offering-up their homes for rent.  A three-bedroom home not far from the figure skating venue at Pacific Coliseum will cost you $4000 a week.} 

Torah Bright has dominated the pro ranks in the past few years but two concussions this season have upset her preparation for the Games.  She was placed fifth at the 2006 Games in Turin and will go into her halfpipe event this Thursday as a sure favourite.  Olympic Snowboarding Schedule

Competition Wins


1st – Superpipe – Toyota Championship, Winter Dew Tour.

Winter Dew Tour

The Winter Dew Tour is made up of three multi-sport events.  There is a $1.5 million prize.

1st – Superpipe – EXPN Winter X games 13 - Aspen, Colorado.


A superpipe is a large halfpipe structure used in extreme sports such as snowboarding, freestyle skiing, freestyle BMX and skateboarding.


1st – Superpipe-World Superpipe Championships – Park City, Utah.

EXPN Winter X Games 12 (Aspen, Colorado)

1st – Superpipe – Nippon Open Japan

1st – Superpipe – Burton US Open, Vermont

Burton Global Open Champion


Burton Global Open Champion

TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion 06/07 1st – Halfpipe - Burton New Zealand Open

Established by Terje Håkonsen in 2002, the Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour is a ”non-profit organization aimed at establishing snowboarding as a major global sport while providing quality competitive experiences for snowboarders.”  

Burton New Zealand Open

1st - Superpipe

World Superpipe Championships

1st – Halfpipe – X-Trail Nippon Open

1st – Halfpipe – EXPN Winter X Games 11

{Spectators can use buses, ferries (Seabus), the Skytrain, and rail (West Coast Express).  Trips involving a combination of transport are covered by one transferable ticket.  Consider public transport your best friend…trust me when I say that.  To get from Vancouver International Airport to downtown Vancouver is on the new Canada Line Skytrain.  It’s a stress-free 26-minute ride that costs you $3.75.  Canada Line is another good option to transport you to Richmond Olympic Oval to see the speed skating.  When it comes to the mountains, shuttle bus is the best option.  The Olympic Bus Network will operate regular buses to Cypress Mountain and Whistler Mountain.  It will cost you about $27 for a round trip to Whistler and Cypress is $14 for a round trip + tax.  Buses leave from Metro Vancouver.  Private cars will not be allowed to travel to Whistler unless a car park has been organised with your accommodation.  There are 24-hour bus routes that connect to neighbouring communities Pemberton and Squamish.}

The 2010 Winter Olympics will hold six snowboard competitions at Cypress Mountain.  The venue will hold a capacity crowd of up to 8,000 for the halfpipe competition.  Olympic Snowboarders 

Giant slalom:  two riders race between markers down a slope.

Snowboard cross:  a downhill obstacle race between four riders.

The halfpipe:  riders complete a U-shaped course approximately one kilometre long and are scored on the complexity of the tricks they perform, their style and fluency.

Slopestyle:  Slopestyle is a form of freestyle snowboarding, mountainboarding and skiing competition.  Ballistyx 


Most of Whistler’s skifields will be open to the general public.  You get to enjoy the snow with the world’s best.  There is free outdoor entertainment and Whistler Live! will show every medal presentation on large-screen TVs.  The Savage Beagle Bar will be rocking and members of the 1988 Jamaican bobsleigh team (Cool Runnings) will be there over night.  Skier’s Plaza, near the base of Whistler Mountain, is also a good nite-spot.

If you decide to stay at Creekside, you will have a 24-hour bus service that runs to Whistler Blackcomb.

Competition Venues

Whistler Sliding Centre:  Luge, Bobsleigh and Skeleton.

NB ~ Bobsleigh not bobsled;  Skeleton athletes go head-first, face down;  Luge athletes go feet first, face up.

Whistler Creekside:  Super G, Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-combined.

Whistler Olympic Park:  Biathlon, Ski jumping, Nordic combined, Cross-country skiing.

NB ~ Whistler will will host 30 per cent of medal events.


Canada Hockey Place/GM Place

Ice Hockey finals.

University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena

Ice Hockey preliminaries.

Vancouver Olympic Centre


Pacific Coliseum

Short-track Speed Skating, Figure Skating.


Richmond Olympic Oval

Speed Skating.

The O Zone Holland’s Heineken House will be jamming.  Richmond will be celebrating Chinese New Year.


Cypress Mountain

Snowboarding (parallel giant slalom, snowboard cross, halfpipe) and Freestyle Skiing (aerials, ski cross, moguls).

Cypress Mountain is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Remember  Take waterproof boots.  In Canada, taxes are not always included in the listed price.  When you make a purchase, a provisional and GST tax will be added on.  The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.  If you want to buy an official Olympic souvenir, you will need to have cash or Visa.

Video Torah Bright Wins Gold Medal in Womens Snowboard Half-pipe

Video Lydia Lassila: Aerial Skier + World No. One + Aussi Champion Wins Olympic Gold

Dale Begg – Smith, Haley Bracken’s Dress, ” Baby” The Elephant & Kevin Bloody Wilson on Warnie

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  1. Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:21 am

    nice share..interesting..thnx for sharing..

  2. Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Excellent article Elle. Being an old sportsman, I don’t really follow this type of so called sport. Anything that has judges marking for style and content and stuff is open to abuse.
    However, this young lady is down to earth and very personable, I wish her well, and will follow her progress with interest.

  3. Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Excellent article Elle. Being an old sportsman, I do not really follow this type of so called sport. Anything that has judges marking for style and content and stuff is open to abuse.
    However, this young lady is down to earth and very personable, I wish her well, and will follow her progress with interest.

  4. Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Great write, Elle. Now that’s a very smart, driven, and well put together, young woman.

  5. Posted February 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Yeah, this is a great article Elle. I’ve always been mesmerized by the snow boarders coming from a skiers background years ago. They make it look so easy, yet it is so difficult compared to ski’s. That’s great, she’s created her own marketing and still stays on top. Good for her! Very in depth article on these winter games in Canada. Great piece here Elle!

  6. Posted February 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Excellent article! Well written and very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Posted February 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Interesting article….nice …..

  8. Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Great post, Elle.
    Now what I know about snow-boarding you could write on the back of a postage stamp—with room to spare.
    Having read this, I’ll look out for this Torah Bright (for obvious reasons) at the winter olympics. It makes me wonder though, coming from such a non-snow country as Aus, how would she have been biten by the bug, so-to-speak?

  9. Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    great article

  10. Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thank you everyone for your comments :-)

    Rich ~ it is a dangerous sport and I wouldn’t fancy hurling myself through the air…hehehehehahaha :-)

    Steve ~ Torah’s brother Ben quit competitive snowboarding to coach Torah for the last four years…her eldest sister Rowena used to ski competitively…and her younger sister snowboards…I guess it’s in the genes :-)

  11. Posted February 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    very good article… sounds really great!

  12. Posted February 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    A great tribute, Elle. I must confess I didn’t know much about this lady and I found your article very interesting and informative.
    Take care my friend.

  13. Posted February 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Interesting write, yes I had seen her interviewed of t.v.

  14. Posted February 16, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I reckon she’ll kick some serious butt too Elle:)

  15. Posted February 16, 2010 at 1:38 am

    What a great sport. We have lots of snow here right now(Illinois, USA) and I’d love to snowboard. Well, no board so I just run through the snow and drifts.

    Torah Bright definitely has the athleticism and the stellar looks. Great sports article, Elle, accompanied by awesome photos.

    Who’s the Australian flag bearer in the photo above?

  16. Posted February 16, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Thank you Sourav, Francois, Pete, and Mila for your comments :-)

    Will ~ The flag bearer is Torah Bright and thanks for your comment :-)

  17. Posted February 16, 2010 at 2:36 am

    That was interesting thanks for the share

  18. Posted February 16, 2010 at 3:06 am

    What a great tribute.

  19. Posted February 16, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Very informative. Torah is a very talented lady. A great post.


  20. Posted February 16, 2010 at 7:48 am

    nice share

  21. Posted February 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Great article, Elle. I’ve been watching the winter olympics. Those people have more guts than brains, in my opinion.

  22. Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Christine ~ nice to see ya bud and thanks for your comment :-)

    Albert ~ a man of few words…thank you :-)

    Simplewriter aka Belle ~ hehehe…damn! I knew I should’ve been a snowboarder…hehehehehehehehehahahahahaha :-)

  23. Posted February 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Regarding the Aussie flag bearer, the seemingly dark hair threw me off. I thought Torah Bright was a blonde?

  24. Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Will ~ Yea true…I don’t know if this is the case with Torah…but have you noticed that blondes hair darkens up over winter and lightens over summer? Occasionally, natural blonde or red hair will darken over time. Might have something to do with the angle of the camera too…but that’s definitely Torah Bright wavin’ the Aussie flag :-)

  25. Posted February 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Well Elle dear, i’ll have to admit that you did your homework with this well written article. You just had to throw in there that she was an Australian even though she now resides in Utah of the ole USA.haha The way i see it is any metals she wins should be counted half Austalia, and half American. With the kidding aside Elle, she is a very talented and beautiful lady just like all you Australian gals. Dang Aussie’s. Well done dear.

  26. Joshua Gillett
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Torah Bright is a great ambassador for Australia and a tremendous athlete. I wish her all the best for tomorrow and whatever the result, I hope she does well. Nice article btw :)

  27. Posted February 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

    She is a great sportswoman in her own right. Well presented, Elle.

  28. Posted May 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Great write Elle. I loved watching the winter Olympics, they have to be my fav spot. She is so beautiful with movie star looks as well as being a great sports woman… with no fear, I have to add. xxx

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