Feb. 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM ET
Australian snowboarder Torah Bright is consistently known as one of the hottest female Olympians – even garnering whistles from her male counterparts while stopping by the TODAY set in Sochi after advancing to the slopestyle finals. So it’s comforting to know that even she has a tough time saying no to junk food.
As a child, Bright told TODAY.com, she had to go to great lengths to score.
“I grew up with a health fanatic of a mother,” she said. “We weren’t even allowed to pick up Le Snaks — these biscuits with dip — they were too rubbishy for my mom. She wanted us to eat salads.”
That led Bright to rebel, and by the tender age of 8, she was bribing her classmates to bring her the goods.
“I don’t think I knew what sweets were until I went to school and I’d get my friends to bring me food that I could just chow down on,” she said. “And then I started finding my mom and dad’s spare change that they’d leave on the table and I’d take it to the corner store and buy some lollis!”
And Bright wasn’t messing around with her junk food requests — she went all out.
“One of my friends’ moms would make this deep-fried chicken — ohh it was delicious,” she said, laughing (while clearly looking like she’s still longing for that dish).
These days, Bright, who is also competing in halfpipe and snowboard cross and making history in her quest for triple gold, says she now appreciates what her mom tried to teach her. She notices a big difference in her energy when she doesn’t eat right. But, she advises, “If you feel like something, you should give it to yourself — and if it’s chocolate, you should give it to yourself!”
Well, if we were spending hours a day during the winter shredding the mountain and every day during the summer surfing, we could probably get away with that, too.
For the Games, Bright said she packed herself some dark chocolate cacao nibs to satisfy her sweet tooth, and even got the go-ahead from her nutritionist to bring along some Caramello Koalas – koala shaped chocolates filled with caramel — for a little "amazing" taste of home.