Bright grew up skiing with her parents in New South Wales' Snowy Mountains.
Since turning pro in 2000, at age 14, she's won a steady stream of competitions, including the X Games superpipe in 2007 and 2009.
She served as her native Australia's flag bearer during the opening ceremony at the Olympics, and, despite suffering two concussions during mid-season practice sessions, came home with a gold medal in the halfpipe.
Bright now calls Salt Lake City, Utah, home, in part because she can take advantage of the Northern Hemisphere's bigger snowfalls.
"I still love to compete, but I didn't get a single powder day in last year."
"When I'm done with snowboarding, I want to be known as a great rider, not just a halfpipe competitor."