Aussie Torah Bright Takes Halfpipe
Wipeouts fell competitors, including American Hannah Teter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2010 9:33 PM CST
Torah Bright of Australia won gold tonight in women's snowboard halfpipe at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.   (Odd Andersen)

(Newser) – Under pressure after falling on her first run, Australian snowboarder Torah Bright strung five technically superior jumps together on her second attempt and landed them all, propelling her to a gold medal in the women's halfpipe tonight at the Vancouver Olympics. Bright, 23, scored 45 points to defeat defending champion Hannah Teter by 2.6. The 2002 champion, Teter's fellow American Kelly Clark, fell on her first run, hit the deck on an awkward landing on her second but still took bronze.