February 7

Snowboarding triple possible for Australian athlete

The Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Torah Bright is embarking on an unprecedented snowboarding triple at the Sochi Olympics.

The defending Olympic halfpipe gold medalist is also competing in slopestyle and snowboardcross. Bright took up snowboardcross a year ago on a dare from her brother, Ben, who also serves as her coach.

She's already through to the finals in slopestyle, finishing second in her heat during qualifying on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Australian says she doesn't feel pressure to leave Sochi with her luggage full of medals. She is a favorite in the halfpipe and a contender in slopestyle but remains a work in progress in snowboardcross.

Bright says her goal is to simply promote the sport and perhaps inspire young riders everywhere to get on their boards and get moving.

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