Interview: Torah Bright
Australian snowboarder Torah Bright, 26, dominates on the slopes—she’s won Olympic gold in the halfpipe event, an ESPY Best Female Action Sports Athlete award and two Winter X Games superpipe titles. Recently, the SUBWAY Famous Fan hit the runway to promote heart health at the Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion show, which was put on by The Heart Truth, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s campaign to provide tools to combat heart disease risk factors. Bright took a moment to talk fitness, food, and health with Fitbie at the event.
How are you preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic games?
When I have my off-season periods, I get in the gym and try to build up that base again for winter. I’m hoping to qualify for three events for the Olympics: the halfpipe, which I won in Vancouver, and then also the slopestyle and boardercross. I’m just spending a lot of time on snow, working hard.
What are your favorite ways to cross-train?
When I’m training hard I’ll do short, intense interval workouts. I’m doing intense circuit work. I’m not in the gym lifting for hours and hours. All of my work on the snow is explosive, quick movements, so I have to be agile and strong.
Is there anything you absolutely hate doing in the gym?
I honestly try to stay out of the gym as much as I can. I have equipment at home that I do things with, or I’ll take it to the park and do it. I hate to run, so I do as little running as I have to, but otherwise I’m out being active.
What do you eat before a big competition?
The night before an event, my father, who’s my coach, cooks these chicken strips. They’re the winning chicken strips. But if I’m feeling nervous, it’s kind of hard to eat. I’ll just make sure I get little bits and pieces of food, whether it’s a piece of fruit, banana chips, or trail mix. And I drink lots of water.
Do you have any tips for beginner snowboarders?
If you can, get a group of friends and get a private lesson with three or four of you. I really think that’s the way to get going quickly.
Why do you feel it’s important for women to work out?
Our bodies are our lives. It’s most important to look after what we’ve been given. My mom would always say, 'If you had a Mercedes Benz you wouldn’t put sugar water in it, would you? Treat your body as if it’s a fine motor vehicle.'