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New York Times features Olympic contender (and Mormon) snowboarder Torah Bright

Torah Bright takes the resume of your typical Olympic snowboarder and turns it on its head. First, she is from Australia, hardly a winter sports mecca, which also means she had to leave home at age 14 to pursue a snow-based career. She says she actually prefers skiing to snowboarding. Bright is unabashed about the importance of the Olympics in a sport that worships the X-Games first and foremost. And she is a devout Mormon, which means she forgoes drinking, caffeine and premarital sex.

Oh, and her Salt Lake City house is haunted by a ghost she has named Herbert.

“He’s a friendly ghost,” Bright said, laughing.

Bright, 22, recently spent time in New York doing interviews to help raise her profile, but she would be a lot more familiar to Winter Olympics fans, her managers believe, had the Olympic judges in 2006 realized just how hard her halfpipe run was. She did the run on her non-natural side, increasing its degree of difficulty, but did not get the benefit of those points. She finished fifth in the Torino Games and left feeling disappointed, but still loved the experience.

“I just felt so proud, being there and representing my country,” she said. “It’s the Olympics.”

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