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Bright lights up Vancouver

Updated February 19, 2010 20:48:00

Champion Australian snowboarder Torah Bright has won the gold medal in the women's halfpipe event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

She bombed out in her first run, slipping twice to record the lowest score of 5.9, forcing her to lead out the second run at Cypress Mountain.

Bright remained composed under heavy pressure and produced a stunning performance that earned her the gold medal score of 45.0.

Americans Hannah Teter (42.4) and Kelly Clark (42.2) took the other podium spots.

Bright told the Nine Network she had confidence she could win gold if she stuck to her pre-competition plan.

"I knew how to do what I was about to go and do, so it was just a matter of having fun," Bright said.

Bright landed some highly impressive tricks which raised the bar for the rest of the field, forcing some high-risk runs from her competitors including compatriot Holly Crawford.

Crawford finished eighth, with a best score of 30.3.

Bright is the fourth Australian ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, following Steven Bradbury, Alisa Camplin and Dale Begg-Smith.

Her best performance on the day came with her qualifying run of 45.8, which put her straight through to the final.

A two-time Olympian, Bright placed fifth at the 2006 Games in Turin and entered her halfpipe event as one of the favourites.

Bright has dominated the pro ranks in recent years, but two concussions and limited competition this season disrupted her preparation for the Games.

Bright says it means much to her that she can celebrate her victory with family.

"I am so excited to get up to that grandstand because I had no idea my mum and dad were here," she said.

"I just got told they were here, so I'm going to run up there as soon as I can."

It is Australia's second medal in Vancouver following Canada-born moguls skier Begg-Smith's silver medal.

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First posted February 19, 2010 13:58:00