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Shaun White          

Professional Snowboarder & Skateboarder, Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Shaun White is a two time Olympic gold medalist and a professional snowboarder and skateboarder.

White endured two major surgeries to correct a heart defect before he was a year old. Despite these conditions, White became involved with sports like surfing, soccer and snowboarding at a young age. White's parents supported his snowboarding ability and took him to the mountains as often as possible. He turned pro at 13.

After winning five national titles as an amateur, Shaun captured his first major win as a pro in 2001 at the Arctic Challenge. He earned his first Winter X Games medal when he was 16, and between Slopestyle and Superpipe hasn't failed to stand on the Winter X podium since. Between skateboarding and snowboarding Shaun now holds 16 X Games medals, and a record 10 of them are gold.

While Shaun was being lauded as a snowboard prodigy, he was simultaneously turning heads on the skateboard scene. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk befriended the nine-year-old at a local skatepark and mentored the up-and-comer, helping Shaun turn pro in skateboarding at the age of 17. In 2003 he became the first athlete ever to compete and medal in both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports. In 2007, Shaun set unparalleled standards by winning the overall title and prestigious honor of Action Sports Tour Champion thanks to his impressive skills in skateboarding vert.

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, White won gold in the half-pipe. After his first run in qualifications, White was almost out of competition, scoring only 37.7. On his second run, he recorded a score of 45.3. In the finals, White recorded a score of 46.8 (50 is the highest possible score) to win.

White captured his third consecutive snowboard halfpipe title at the 2008 U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships to go along with his third US Open slopestyle competition. This followed White's win at the 25th (2007) Burton US Open, where he placed third in slopestlyle and first in the halfpipe. At the 2007 Open, White was also crowned the first "Burton Global Open Champion".

White won the gold in the halfpipe in the 2010 Winter Olympics as well. In 2012, White became the first person to score a perfect 100 in the men's Snowboard Superpipe in the history of Winter X Games. White finished fourth at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Halfpipe event.


Shaun White expands influence in snowboarding

At 19, Shaun White couldn’t have done this. Fresh off his first of two Olympic gold medals, the iconic snowboarder had opportunities to extend his brand beyond his contest results.

But at 29, the veteran athlete is finding balance with business obligations that have given him a new role in the sport while still competing in it. White’s celebrity long ago transcended snowboarding – his role in the band, Bad Things, helps there, too – but now his influence on the sport has expanded.

Snowboarder Shaun White buys a minority stake in Mammoth Resorts

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Shaun White, who turns 30 next month, has a new L.A.-based menswear line, a host of new projects and skateboarding is headed to the Olympics. We catch up ...

Shaun White will not compete in 2016 Winter X Games – The ...

Where's Shaun White? “He wasn't invited,” said Danny Chi, the spokesman for the ESPN-owned Winter X Games. The absence of the two-time Olympic gold ...

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