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Bright, Morris win top gongs

2 May 2014

WINTER: Australia's two silver medallists from the Sochi Winter Olympics, Torah Bright and David Morris, have been named joint winners of the 2014 snowsports athlete of the year award.

Snowboarder Bright and aerials skier David Morris took the top award from a final group that included Sochi bronze medallist Lydia Lassila, World Cup halfpipe crystal globe winner Scotty James and winner of the Lake Louise snowboard cross World Cup event, Jarryd Hughes.

Moguls skier Britt Cox, who was also in the running for the senior award after finishing fifth at the Sochi Games, was named junior athlete of the year for a fourth successive time.

Veteran aerialist Lassila, who became the first woman to attempt a quadruple twisting triple somersault in competition on her way to winning bronze in Sochi following her gold in Vancouver, was recognised with the outstanding achievement award.

Morris was in attendance at Ski and Snowboard Australia's annual awards night to collect his award, while Bright, who took silver in the halfpipe to go with her Vancouver gold, has returned to her Utah base.

"It is a privilege to receive the award that has been won by so many well performed athletes in the past," said Morris, who was rewarded in Sochi for his consistent jumping throughout the event.

"Torah is a legend of winter sports, so to have my name next to hers on the honour board is fantastic.

"It's great to receive the recognition for doing my job. I managed to pull it off on the day, win the medal, and now this is another of the rewards."

AAP

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