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January 23, 2018

Bright’s Games bid bleak with top 10 miss

Torah Bright’s hopes of qualifying for next month’s Winter Olympics are slim after the snowboarding great fell short of the required World Cup top 10 finish at a meet in the US.

The Australian Olympic gold and silver medallist finished 15th in the preliminary stage of the halfpipe event in Snowmass, Colorado, to miss the eight-person final.

The 31-year-old, who has seldom competed since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, must now rely on a top 10 result at the World Cup event in Switzerland next week for the chance to compete in PyeongChang.

But her participation at a fourth Olympics in South Korea still won’t be guaranteed, with compatriots Emily Arthur and Holly Crawford in the selection running for Australia’s two berths.

Bright began her PyeongChang campaign last month with a gold and silver medal in the second-tier Nor-Am Cup in Colorado.

She produced runs scored 43.75 and 55.75 on Thursday, well behind American pacesetter Arielle Gold, who was awarded 91 points for her best run.

Arthur and Crawford also missed the final after finishing 12th and 14th respectively.

Meanwhile at Snowmass, Australia’s Tess Coady qualified sixth for the snowboard slopestyle final.

Elsewhere, world champion Britt Cox continued her solid pre-Olympics campaign with a seventh placing at the moguls World Cup event in Deer Valley, Utah, while fellow Australian Jakara Anthony was fifth.

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