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Mormon Torah Bright wins gold!

by | Feb. 19, 2010

Saints & Sports

Torah Bright slid to a stop after a near-perfect halfpipe run and put her hands on her head.

No one told her what her score was. The judges hadn't even announced it.

But the Australian snowboarder and practicing Mormon who makes her home in Salt Lake City knew she'd likely achieved what she's been working toward most of her life -- an Olympic gold medal.

"It's been six years in the making," said her brother and coach Ben Bright of the winning run that featured a trick that no other woman has done, a switch backside 720. "That was the plan. That was the gold-medal run."

It was a gratifying moment for coach and athlete, for brother and sister, after the disappointment in Torino four years ago and recent injuries that threatened to keep her from redemption Thursday night at Cypress Mountain in front of a full house. In that rowdy crowd, which included shirtless Aussies with Torah's name painted on their chests, were her parents, Marion and Peter, who she didn't know were in attendance until after her winning run.

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