Torah is a 5’3″ 27 year-old Australia snowboarder who will be appearing in her third Olympics, the first ever snowboader to do so. She was briefly married to US Olympian Jack Welch but they divorced in 2012.
This is also her second appearance in Oglympics, having made my must watch list in 2010 also.
The Sochi Olympics are starting off with a bit of a strange format. Normally, I’d kick the games off with something to look forward to in the opening ceremonies. In Sochi, however, several events are actually starting BEFORE the opening ceremonies. I was expecting to have both bases covered by selecting Aussie Torah Bright as my “virtual” flag bearer for this year’s games.
Torah was the flag bearer for Australia in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver so I thought she had a good chance of doing the same in Sochi. However, the fact that she is competing today probably eliminated her from consideration for carrying the flag tonight.
Torah is arguably the best women’s snowboarder in the world. She’s won world championships in superpipe (Winter X-Games in 2007 and 2009) and she’s the defending Olympic Champion in the halfpipe. In Sochi, she will also be competing in the new Olympic event slopestyle, in addition to both halfpipe and snowboardcross. She’s the only competitor trying all three events. You might say she’s on a mission in Sochi.
Here you can catch Torah in her slopestyle qualifying run at Sochi below (or watch it in primetime on NBC tonight in English).
Snowboarders present a particularly difficult challenge for me. There’s little doubt that their attire is the most unflattering of any Olympian. In the Summer Games, minimal attire is often the order of the day. In the Winter Games, while athletes definitely wear more clothes, in general, the wear is skin tight and aerodynamic. Not so with the boarders. You can’t find baggier wear anywhere.
Fortunately, Torah’s done some modeling sessions and appeared at a few award shows so there are some shots of her wearing something other than a laundry bag.