Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Torah Bright
In 2006, a young Australian phenom lit up the global halfpipe stage, dropping into the Burton US Open at Stratton, Vermont, and besting a heavy field to win her first USO title, earning her first big win atop one of snowboarding’s most definitive and storied pipe podiums. For the better part of the following decade, Torah Bright was a mainstay in the top three, amassing five X Games medals, two gold; back-to-back wins at both the USO and the Nippon Open, as well as victories in other Global Opens around the world; and countless top finishes in Dew Tours, Grand Prixs, World Superpipe Championships, FIS events, and more. Possessing a style and grace matched by her consistent ability to put down winning runs, Torah’s talents shine within the Zaugg-cut walls, but her abilities are not merely relegated to transition.
After taking home a gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games—her second of three Olympic showings so far—Torah upped the ante for Sochi, deciding to become the first person to compete in three snowboarding disciplines during the same games: halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross. As a testament of dedication to her craft, Torah clinched silver in pipe and navigated her way into slopestyle finals, finishing an impressive seventh.
While Torah has been at the top of her game for years, her star is far from setting. She returned to X Games in 2015 and took bronze in pipe, reminding snowboarding that regardless of whether she’s riding beneath the megawatt bulbs of Aspen’s annual stage or making plays for the podium under sunny skies, there is no other snowboarder whose abilities shine so Bright.