Australia’s extreme Queen Torah Bright has been wowing the crowds and speeding down the slopes since she was a teenager. Known for her million-dollar smile, uplifting positivity, team spirit and very entertaining dance moves, at 27 years of age Torah is a gold and silver medalist and now equal with Dale Begg-Smith as Australia’s most successful Winter Olympian.
Ski and snow journalist, Miss Snow It All wrote about why the world should follow Torah for life on her blog www.miss-snowitall.com, and we definitely agree that there are plenty of great qualities we can learn from Torah.
Here are five great lessons that we have learnt from Torah Bright:
1. Just Smile
Whether she wins or loses, one thing is for sure; you will always see the widest grin on Torah’s face. “Life isn’t about winning, it’s about putting your best foot forward and sharing your light.” Torah said in an interview after her silver medal win in her half pipe event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fortunately for Torah, her ‘light’ comes in the form of one of the best smiles in the business.
2. Speak Your Mind
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and stay true to yourself. Torah isn’t one to shy away from the cameras and share her feelings. She openly expressed her concerns with the conditions of the slopestyle course, the snowboarding course and the alleged preferential treatment of Australian Olympic athletes leading up to the Winter Olympics. Stand up for what you believe in and you will inspire others to do the same.
3. Sing Your Praises
I’m sure your mother always told you not to forget to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. They may be two of the first words we ever speak, but their true value is often forgotten. Despite being on top of the world, Torah always remembers to thank her friends, fans and family and acknowledges all their support. A little thanks goes a long way.
4. Give Don’t Take
There’s nothing worse than a bad sportsman or a constant killjoy. If things don’t go your way, there’s no need to bring everyone else around you down. Firstly, refer to lesson 1 and just smile. It may not be your time in the spotlight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your light like Torah and support those around you.
5. When in Doubt, Dance
The final lesson is one we learnt quite some time ago from Ellen DeGeneres – when it doubt, just dance. Whether you’re ‘shimmying’ at the top of a mountain in Russia like Torah, or trying your luck at some crumping while watching So You Think You Can Dance, it doesn’t matter how uncoordinated you are, dancing is guaranteed to lift your mood.
Image credit: news.com.au
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