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Sochi Winter Olympics: Australian snowboarder Torah Bright wins silver in ladies' halfpipe

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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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Time to celebrate: Torah Bright.

Time to celebrate: Torah Bright.

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright has won a silver medal in the ladies' halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Australia's first podium finish at the Sochi Winter Olympics came after a nerve-racking start to the final for the 27-year-old from Cooma in NSW's Monaro.

"I feel great, I feel like I won," Bright told Channel 10. "I'm so excited ... I'm a clutch performer, I pulled it out luckily.

Relieved: Defending champion Torah Bright of Australia has won silver in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe finals.

Relieved: Defending champion Torah Bright of Australia has won silver in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe finals. Photo: Mike Ehrmann

"I'm definitely going to hit the dance floor tonight."

After failing to perform all her manoeuvres in her first run, Bright was placed ninth before her final attempt to defend the gold medal she won at the Vancouver Games.

The always-smiling athlete was composed and performed strongly on her second run, scoring 91.50.

Silver medalist Torah Bright of Australia, gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States and bronze medalist Kelly Clark of the United States celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Finals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Silver medalist Torah Bright of Australia, gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States and bronze medalist Kelly Clark of the United States celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Finals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

This placed her in the silver-medal position, in between Americans Kaitlyn Farrington (91.75) with gold and Kelly Clark (90.75) with bronze.

Bright danced and shimmied on the podium as she was awarded her medal shortly afterwards.

Earlier, Bright had stormed through to the final of the ladies’ halfpipe.

The Australian won her heat with a slick first run, attracting an impressive score of 93 from the judges.

American Clark, who is considered the greatest threat to Bright winning back to back Olympic titles, was slightly better scoring 95 for her best ride in the first heat of the afternoon.

It sets up an intriguing battle between the pair as Bright attempts to defend her Olympic title won in Vancouver four years ago.

“It is always a showdown (with Clarke),” Bright said. “We are going to bring our A-game and we’re going to be wonderful fierce women out there and put on a great show.

“I hope the runs I do can ooze the passion I have for snowboarding, and add a little bit of style in there."

Earlier, 22-year-old Stephanie Magiros snuck through to the semi-finals in ninth position with a score of 57.25, edging out teammate Hannah Trigger (51.25).

Magiros failed to reach the finals after scoring 20.50 and 26.50 in the semis.

The Olympic dream of Holly Crawford ended when she crashed twice in qualifying.

The casts on each of her wrists in the mixed zone explained the pain she had competed in, having crashed three weeks ago in training.

“I attempted to break my wrists in preparation for the Olympics,” joked the 30-year-old. “Banged me knee up pretty good and likely cracked some ribs.

“I’m a little bit sad. Coming in hasn’t been great. I’ve been off snow for three weeks, although that’s nothing new for me so there is no reason this should hold me back.”

44 comments so far

  • Ladies' halfpipe? Is there a gentlemen's half pipe?
    Congratulations Torah!! Another great achievement

    Commenter
    skimelbourne
    Date and time
    February 13, 2014, 7:36AM
    • Well done Torah. A silver medal in the Olympics is something to cherish. But to Channel 10, are you people serious? The telecast of these games is pathetic. All day we heard that Torah Bright and the other Aussies would be in the first round. Well no. Torah didn't hit the half-pipe until much later. If you know the schedule, just advertise it. And you have two channels. How about some sports instead of Aussie profiles, and talking heads in studios. Switching between One and Ten is infuriating, especially when you flick on channel and find some reality TV crap. Then there's the ads - usually on both channels at the same time. And if we're lucky, we might get to see all the competitors in an event, that is, if it doesn't get in the way of an ad. No wonder Foxtel has it all over the commercial channels for major sports events. I'm finished with this telecast. I'll simply stream it live from an overseas provider. Channel 10 - you are a joke.

      Commenter
      The Dog
      Location
      Haberfield
      Date and time
      February 13, 2014, 7:38AM
      • Yeh it's not the best is it? I have been watching heaps of it but last night had to whip out the smartphone and get on the net for a medal tally, haven't seen one medal tally at all, and the replays of packages about the athletes get boring at the 3rd watch.

        Commenter
        WotTha?????
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 8:23AM
      • Channel Ten coverage has been great compared to what Nine did in Vancouver. Not having to listen to Eddie Everywhere dribble on is a plus in my book.

        Commenter
        Sarah of Carnegie
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 8:24AM
      • 100% agree... ALL of the commercial stations are the same, They whinge and sook about Foxtel yet they are a million miles in front when it comes to coverage, they have minimum ads and are about the SPORTS and not about themselves... Especially when they (free to air networks) get "exclusive deals" so fox can't broadcast and then they give you very little live coverage, which is broken and mainly focuses on Aussies.... If we want to pay hard earned $ for foxtel we should be able to watch sports live,.. Let the Free to Air networks broadcast the watered down version full of ads and on delay, but let us Sports nuts watch the proper coverage....

        Commenter
        Shogunmatty
        Location
        Reality
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 8:40AM
      • Channel 10 make it clear they steam every event live on their online site Tenplay. If you're not happy with the broadcast, then watch their online coverage. No need to use a questionably legal stream service

        Commenter
        Anthony
        Location
        Logan
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 9:00AM
      • Have to agree to an extent. Bizarre that they have two channels but show the same event?

        Steven Lee is fantastic though; great to have a commentator that really knows his stuff on the downhill.

        Commenter
        wear the fox hat
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 9:04AM
      • The BBC coverage has been absolutely exceptional. Good mix of authoritative and fun. Focuses on the Brits when in action but not at the expense of other sports and the main stories of the day. Full red button choices. One hour highlights package every evening. The HD looks just stunning and, of course, not a single ad. You may be (temporarily) ahead of us on the medals table but sounds like you are losing big in the TV coverage stakes

        Commenter
        29 (summer) gold medals
        Location
        London
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 9:23AM
    • You dont "win" silver, she came second. Good effort, but she didnt win.

      Commenter
      mike
      Date and time
      February 13, 2014, 7:39AM
      • win, verb, definition: acquire or secure as a result of a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavour.

        It's not a "win", but you can "win" silver.

        Commenter
        StBob
        Date and time
        February 13, 2014, 8:26AM

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