6. Don't Call It A Comeback
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Torah Bright left the spotlight after winning Olympic gold in 2010, but this year she announced plans to be the first snowboarder to attempt to qualify for three disciplines at the Winter Olympics. In early December, Bright began to make the push for Sochi when she showed up at the first Olympic qualifier of the season and unseated longtime defending champ Kelly Clark for the win in pipe.