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Injured Torah Bright, halfpipe champ, misses Australia Olympic team

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An injured Torah Bright, arguably Australia’s greatest Winter Olympian, was left off the nation’s Olympic snowboarding team.

Bright, the 2010 Olympic halfpipe champ who took silver in 2014, returned to competition in December for the first time since January 2016.

She finished 15th and eighth in two World Cups, withdrawing from the final of the latter with what was believed a wrist injury that would have prevented her from competing in PyeongChang, according to the Australian.

The Australian Olympic Committee confirmed Bright wasn’t nominated to the team due to injury.

Regardless, the two women who made it (Emily Arthur and Holly Crawford) outperformed Bright in World Cups this season.

Bright competed in three snowboarding events in Sochi — halfpipe, slopestyle (seventh) and snowboard cross (18th).

The Australian team for PyeongChang includes an Olympic men’s halfpipe medal favorite — 2017 X Games champion Scotty James.

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Torah Bright eyes fourth Olympics in 2018

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Torah Bright has only competed once in the last two and a half years, but the Australian Olympic snowboard champion acknowledged on Thursday that she does plan to compete in the PyeongChang Winter Games.

Bright gave the word of approval on an Australian TV morning show (video here).

Bright is arguably the greatest Australian Winter Olympian, winning halfpipe gold in 2010 and silver in 2014. She competed in three snowboarding events in Sochi — halfpipe, slopestyle (seventh) and snowboard cross (18th).

Come February, Bright will be older than any previous Olympic halfpipe medalist.

“Let’s just say I will not be doing three events again,” she said in August 2015, according to the Australia Olympic Committee. “Maybe two. Halfpipe and slopestyle are essentially the same thing if you are riding. They help each other.”

Bright’s only contest in the last two and a half years was the Laax Open in January 2016. She finished second in halfpipe behind U.S. Olympian Arielle Gold. The world’s best riders, Kelly Clark and Chloe Kim, were not at that event.

Bright last competed at the Winter X Games in 2015.

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