Winter Games Athletes
Bright proved in Vancouver that she’s one of the best in the halfpipe competition, but she’s heading to Sochi with a whole new set of challenges in front of her as she becomes the first snowboarder to compete in three events at the games. Bright won the gold medal in the halfpipe during her first Olympic experience in 2010. While she’ll look to defend her medal in the same discipline, Bright will become the first snowboarder to compete in three events at the Olympics. Bright, the flag bearer for Australia in Vancouver, also will take part in slopestyle – which is making its debut as a medal sport in Sochi – as well as snowboardcross. Her coach Ben, who also is her brother, helped Bright pick up snowboardcross last year, though she has never finished better than eighth in any competition in that discipline. Bright has made a name for herself in the superpipe as well, winning gold at the Winter X Games in 2007 and ’09 while taking silver in ’06 and ’08. She’s the first Australian snowboarder to ever win gold at those games. Bright is one of only four Australians in history to win gold at the Winter Olympics, doing so after suffering a pair of concussions during her training.