THE INSIDER: TORAH BRIGHT
Olympic Gold comes to NYLON!
While Fashion Week raged in New York, a different kind of throw-down was happening in Vancouver Ė the Winter Olympics.† And though the athleteís primary goal was to kick athletic ass, several of them scored major points in the style department, too.† Witness Australian snowboarder Torah Bright, who won a gold metal for her half-pipe routine and debuted a new collection for Roxy on the slopes.† We spoke with Torah during a break in Utah.
This story was published on March 8, 2010.
Congratulations! Thanks!† Itís fun now that itís over.† I have a few days at home being really normal, and then itís off on a plane again tomorrow, and I have no idea when Iíll be back.
What are you doing to relax?† Iím a beach girl at heart, so whenever Iím home, I love to surf with my friends.
You got a concussion a few weeks before the Olympics Ė how do you get back on the board without fear?† For me, itís all about putting myself in a place where I can have fun with it.† Whether itís the Olympics or standing up to give a speech in front of people Ė which is actually really scary for me Ė I just try to make it fun, or at least make it funny.† With my injury, I took the time and took the precautions to make sure that I was fine to ride, because you have to put your wellbeing first after a concussion.
So how long were you off your board before Vancouver?†† I hadnít ridden for two weeks, actually, and that was a bit unnerving.† But I was like, ďWell, I know I can do what Iíve got to do, but my family is in the crowd and my friends are in the crowd, so after this whole thing is over, weíre having a party regardless of if I get a medal.Ē
But you did!† Yeah!† And we definitely had a party!
Weíve gotten some emails asking about the Goggles you wore during your Olympic ride.† Someone said they reminded her of a Chanel bag.† The goggles are part of the Roxy Ride Edition Line, which I help design, and all of them are bedazzled in some way.† They come in that cream color with a gold strap and they come in a black color with a silver stretch.† And when I was coming up with ideas, I was looking at my Chanel bag, so thatís exactly the vibe I wanted them to have.
Do you test Roxyís new gear to make sure it works on a professional level?† Yes I do.† The trick is, you need a product with all the sport technicalities to it, but itís also got to be aesthetically pleasing, so Iím involved in every process of the design andĖ did you hear the rooster in the background?†
I thought it was your ringtone.† Uh no, itís definitely a rooster.† Weíre at a farm right now, sorry.
No problem.† SoÖ umÖ you test gear for Roxy?† Especially snowboards. Iím doing a whole bunch of test boards that have all different kinds of construction and I ride them to test them out.† I was doing that in New Zealand last year to make the Olympic board that I rode.
Do you talk to your snowboard?† Well some people, when theyíre waxing their board, they talk to it.† But for me, itís just my buddy.† I donít talk to it, I donít name it, but I give it love.
Whatís on your iPod right now?† After the Opening Ceremonies at the Olympics, KD Lang sang Hallelujah.† It used to be one of my favorite songs, and when she sang it, I was like, ďThis is amazing!Ē† So I started listening to that again!† And Iím really into Regina Spektor right now; I love her.
Where do you keep your gold medal?† Um, I donít know where it is right now!† Itís either in my handbag, or itís home in my sock drawer.† I should find it.