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11 August 2015

SNOWBOARD: Torah Bright will target two events in her final Games as she eyes off the opportunity to becomes Australia's greatest Winter Olympian.

Bright, a gold medal winner in the halfpipe at Vancouver in 2010, followed that up with a silver in the same event in Sochi last year and can become the first Australian to podium three times at a Winter Olympics in 2018.

But the 28-year-old ran herself ragged in Russia by competing in boardercross, slopestyle and halfpipe and says there won't be a repeat when she goes to Pyeongchang, Korea.

"Let's just say I will not be doing three events again," she said.

"Maybe two. Halfpipe and slopestyle are essentially the same thing if you are riding. They help each other."

While she admitted boardercross - a race-based event that contrasted wildly to her two judged disciplines - gave her the drive to keep competing, she concluded it was too difficult to contemplate doing again.

Bright is one of five Australians to have won two Winter Olympic medals and with aerial skier Lydia Lassila unlikely to pursue a fifth Games, the `boarder can stand alone as her country's best performed winter athlete with any medal in Pyeongchang.

"Like any other event I go into I am going in to put on a show," she said of her final Games.

"So if that's a medal, sweet. I don't have a bronze so maybe I can complete the set.

"But if you are going in you are always aiming to be your best. I know my best can be the best. It's three years out so I am going to keep working away."

Thredbo-based Bright has done very little competitive riding since her Sochi silver and has ruled out entering any events during this southern hemisphere season.

Instead she'll ramp up her Games preparation in Utah over the northern hemisphere winter.

 

AUSTRALIA'S GREATEST WINTER OLYMPIANS

*Torah Bright: Snowboard halfpipe (gold 2010, silver 2014)

*Dale Begg-Smith: Moguls (gold 2006, silver 2010)

*Lydia Lassila: Aerial skiing (gold 2010, bronze 2014)

*Alisa Camplin: Aerial skiing (gold 2002, bronze 2006)

*Steven Bradbury: Short track speed skating (gold 2002, bronze (relay) 1994)

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