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Torah Bright wins silver medal

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright lands a silver medal in the ladies’ halfpipe event at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Torah Bright has used her silver medal-winning performance to launch a fresh attack on the Federation of International Skiing, claiming it was time to "take a stand and take back snowboarding".

Concerns from competitors and coaches about the safety of the slopestyle and halfpipe courses have sullied the extreme sports events at these games.

"This is the perfect opportunity": Halfpipe silver medalist Torah Bright.

"This is the perfect opportunity": Halfpipe silver medalist Torah Bright. Photo: Cameron Spencer

Bright and her coach and brother Ben have been particularly vocal in their criticism, with both claiming a different construction company needed to be used.

Ben Bright brazenly slammed the halfpipe course as "f---king retarded", while his sister wants snowboarding at the Olympics taken out of the hands of FIS.

"It's the Olympics and the show will go down no matter what," Bright said. "But I think with all the riders being very unimpressed with the jumps and halfpipe we were given, it's time for us to take a stand and take back snowboarding from FIS. This is the perfect opportunity."

Conditions for Bright's event were significantly better than they were for the men the previous night, despite warm conditions throughout most of the day.

"You have to be light as a feather," she said. "We girls don't dig in like the guys. We're all 10 kilos lighter."

In an interview with Fairfax Media last week, Bright had canvassed the idea of a snowboarders' union so the competitors had more say in how their sport is run - especially at the Olympics.

Ben Bright, who was not sanctioned for his tirade directed at FIS in the days leading up to the half pipe competition, was tight-lipped about the condition of the halfpipe after Torah's silver.

"While he has a foul mouth sometimes, and really does just speak his mind, he is the most genuine kind good hearted person," she said.

Bright now turns her attention to the boardercross, which starts on Sunday night (AEST).

"I am so excited for boardercross," she said. "I am race ready."