The 26-year-old captured first place in a specially invited field of the world’s best, including the full squad of American athletes who are vying for team selection for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
Two other Australians, Scott James and Australian Institute of Sport / NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder Kent Callister were also impressive with 5th and 11th place in an equally high-calibre men’s superpipe final.
James’ performance, one of the best of his career, will set him up for the next week’s halfpipe World Cup event at Copper Mountain in the USA.
The event was won by American Greg Bretz who outclassed event favourite Shaun White, with Taylor Gold in the bronze medal place, making it an American 1-2-3 finish.
The results by the Australians have added importance, given that the event is the first leg of five events used by American selectors for the Sochi Games.
Bright, who recorded the fifth best qualifying score three days ago, was excellent in the final, easily accounting for second placed American Kelly Clark. Another American, 13-year-old Chloe Kim was third.
Going into the second run of the final, Bright knew that her score of 95.4 could not be knocked off the leaders’ board.
She used her second pass as a “display run.”
“If I did my second run any better, I don’t think I would have gotten any more points,” Bright said.
“My whole idea with my riding right now is that I want to do a run that is memorable.
“I want to do it big, I want to do it smooth and stylish.
“I’ve got more tricks to work on but I’m riding to the beat of my heart these days.”