Headaches gone, Bright aims for 3 events in Sochi

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Finally free of pounding headaches, Australian snowboarder Torah Bright is thinking big heading into the Sochi Games: Not only does she plan on defending her halfpipe title next winter, but she wants to compete in slopestyle — the newest Olympic sport — along with snowboardcross.

That's an ambitious endeavor, simply because the disciplines are radically different. Well, maybe not halfpipe and slopestyle — those have transferrable skills — but snowboardcross is in another realm.

In that event, riders race down the hill. It's that simple and also that risky, because anything can happen along the way.

That's part of the appeal for Bright.

Then again, she's just thrilled to be rid of those intense headaches that bothered her for nearly two years after winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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