Australian snowboarder Torah Bright was one of the big stories of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Heading into the Games, Bright had won championships at every level. All she needed was a gold medal to make her status as one of the best — if not the best — snowboarder in the world official. After crashing on her first run, Bright dominated her second run to win gold in the halfpipe and bring home only the fourth Winter Olympics gold medal in Australia’s history.
Bright will be back on the Australian team for the Sochi Games in February. But rather than simply try to repeat her success in Vancouver, she has set a more ambitious goal. Bright hopes to be the first person ever to qualify in halfpipe, slopestyle, and snowboard cross.
Last summer, Bright stopped by Sports Illustrated Kids’ offices to talk preparing to compete in three events, what she knows about Sochi, and her goals for the 2014 Games.
When it comes to action sports, nobody goes bigger than Red Bull athletes. They turn in big-time performances and pull big-time tricks to push the limits of their sports. And that usually results in some wild video and great photography — like the images selected by the company as the best sports images of 2013.
The folks at Red Bull revealed their list of the top 13 photos "from the world of Red Bull" today, and the selections are pretty amazing. Here's what I think are the five best images from the group:
At this time last year, the world was obsessively watching skydiver and daredevil Felix Baumgartner — outfitted in a state-of-the-art pressure suit — jump out of a capsule 127,852 feet above the earth in the planet's stratosphere. It was scary. It was exciting. And it was epic.
Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Red Bull Stratos mission, and it's a great excuse to relive it.
We recently talked with one of the world's best Razor scooter riders Tanner Markley about his time as a pro, how he got started, his training and his action sports team All Wheel Sports’ high-energy performances on America’s Got Talent. You can read that interview here, but we've also pulled together some of his best tricks, check out those photos below!More »
We chatted with Tanner Markley one of the country’s leading Razor scooter riders about how he got started, his training and his action sports team All Wheel Sports’ high-energy performances on America’s Got Talent.
[Photos: Tanner Markley in action]
How did you and your team, All Wheel Sports, end up on America’s Got Talent?
That’s the action sports show that I do year round. It’s with rollerbladers, BMX riders, skateboarders, parkour, gymnasts and cheerleaders; everything that involves an action sport, all in one show. I’ve been with the show for three years. This year we happened to try out for America’s Got Talent and we made it pretty far—we got into the semifinals. More »
[UPDATE 1:50 pm ET] The mission has been scrubbed today because of high winds in New MexicoMore »
As a world renown skateboarder and TV star Ryan Sheckler is one busy guy. Recently, he tore himself away from his hectic schedule and traveled to New York City for an Oakley store opening—the same company that has sponsored the daredevil since he was seven. Sheckler has awesome spin moves and can skate handrails, but can he handle our 10 questions? Keep reading to find out…. More »