Bright puts it all on the line for Sochi feat

Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:10am EST
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By Nick Mulvenney

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Smiling snowboarder Torah Bright will be going home from the Sochi Olympics not only with a silver medal but also the satisfaction of having proved a lot of people wrong.

The Australian finished 18th in the snowboard cross at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Sunday, having achieved the unprecedented feat of competing in all three Olympic snowboard events.

While her friend Shaun White backed out of one of the two events he had originally entered for fear he might get injured and jeopardize his halfpipe title defense, Bright was prepared to sacrifice everything.

"The journey has been absolutely incredible," she told reporters. "This was a challenge that I gave myself and I did it. Everybody laughed at me but I just said 'it's just snowboarding'.

"I was prepared to not medal in anything because that's the reality. I mean the reality is, I could have put down the run I did in the pipe the other night and not have got on the podium."

Coming into Sochi as defending halfpipe champion, Bright's silver medal in that event last Wednesday was no great surprise.

Some considered her unlucky not to have won gold but her reply to questions about the judging was indicative of the spirit she has brought to the Games.

"It's just about the sport of snowboarding and putting on a good show," she said.   Continued...

Australia's Torah Bright performs a jump during the women's snowboard cross qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez