Torah Bright was on skis at the age of two, snowboarding at 11, and had turned professional by the time she was 14. From there her trajectory to the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, clutching a shiny gold medal, seemed almost ordained.
Her achievements include three times world super-pipe champion (2006, 2007 and 2008); three times Nippon Open winner (2005, 2007, 2008); three times winner US Open champion (2006, 2008, 2009); overall winner of the 2007 Burton global open series; winner of the 2007 TTR women's world tour; twice winner of the winter X-Games title (2007, 2009). She also won gold and a World Cup title in 2009 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
In 2010 she carried the Australian flag in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, before winning the gold medal in the Snowboard Halfpipe. In the event, she crashed on the first of her two runs, but leapt into first place on the second with a series of gravity-defying tricks, culminating in a switch backside 720 - a double spinning manoeuvre performed by no other woman.
In the 2013/14 season, Bright made history, by qualifying for the Sochi 2014 Games in all three snowboarding disciplines - Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross. She won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Slopestyle and placed 16th and 10th at two World Cups in the new Olympic discipline. In the same season she also grabbed gold in the Superpipe at the prestigious Dew Tour, all the while focusing her World Cup campaign on Snowboard Cross. She broke through for a finals berth in the Andorra World Cup at the start of 2014, finishing eighth.
Her older sister, Rowena competed in Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.