Torah Bright owes success to family
If Torah Bright has any sort of sibling rivalry between her and her brother Ben, she needs to always put it aside until after a contest and listen to him. Not because he’s older, or wiser, or even a better snowboarder (very few people, men or women are better than Torah). But because Ben is Torah’s snowboarding coach.
Ben has certainly has had quite an influence over Torah, as he’s the one who nudged her into qualifying for three disciplines for the upcoming Winter Games. Torah owes a lot to Ben – he did save her life once – and come Sochi, we’ll see how much of that brotherly love pays off.
Who is Torah Bright?
What you see is what you get. Pretty much what matters to me is my family, friends. I want to be the best daughter, the best Aussie, the best sister. I just want to be a great friend and that’s really it for me. I want to be a good human being.
With regards to siblings, what’s it like to be coached by your brother?
It’s interesting. We’ve been working together for a long time now so it works. But we definitely have our moments as do any siblings.
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What’s the age difference?
Ben’s two and a half years older.
Growing up, did you get along?
Ben saved me from a brown snake when I was a kid. We’ve always been great friends growing up. We snowboard together, then went opposite ways, now we’ve been working together for seven years.
Why did you choose these three disciplines – halfpipe, slopestyle and boarder cross?
Because there’s only one other one and I’m sure fooling around with race boarding is not like boarder cross. Halfpipe is what I’ve been competing in for a long time. I’ve always ridden and competed in slopestyle, but just kind of not done much since it wasn’t an Olympic sport, but now that it is, I’m in there and thought it would be a lot of fun to put in boarder cross. It was my brother’s idea. When he put it to me two years ago I laughed at him saying ‘ha, ha that would be fun, but too hard. Put it in the too hard bucket.’ This past winter I decided I actually wanted to do it. If it doesn’t work with qualifying for the boarder cross then oh well. It’s been a really great ride.
What exactly does a coach do for you?
Luckily for me and Ben, he’s a great rider himself so he can do what I do and tell me what to do. If he can’t do it he’s got a pretty incredible mind that is geared toward snowboarding and the way he breaks things down and the process of his brain works for me. He understands snowboarding and what it’s about and its true essence. Ben has the same mentality as me with contests. We don’t snowboard to compete or win. We snowboard because we love it. It’s self-expression and it feels good to learn new things and work hard and accomplish something and all the accolades it’s kind of like is the cherry on top of it. It’s not everything.
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