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Torah Bright Wins Gold Medal

Australian snowboarder Torah Bright won an Olympic gold medal Thursday in the women's halfpipe, propelling herself to the front-page of news papers in her home country and throughout the world. The fact that Bright is a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been mentioned often in news articles covering her success.

An article from The Australian today titled "Clean-living Mormon star Torah Bright is a sponsor's dream" stated, "As well as her good looks and obvious talent, Bright's Mormon upbringing and clean-living ways -- she does not drink alcohol and has no drug, tobacco or even caffeine habit -- will make her highly sought-after."

In speaking about the influence of the Church on her personal life, Bright has said, "I have strong beliefs and they never waver. (The gospel) keeps me grounded and gives me purpose to what I am doing. I think the way we believe as Latter-day Saints is amazing, especially in the world today."

Bright is one of several Latter-day Saint athletes competing in the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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