Shaun White History – Part I

Shaun Roger White was born September 3, 1986 and is America's favorite professional snowboarder and skateboarder. Shaun is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and holds records in Gold Medals and overall medal count for the X Games. He's also won 10 ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award).

Early Life

Shaun White was born in sunny San Diego, California. He is of Irish and Italian descent. He was born with a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot. He had two open heart surgeries before he turned one year old. He is 5 '8 "tall or 1.73 meters. White spent his formative years riding Okemo Mountain and Bear Mountain ski resorts in Ludlow, Vermont, and the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California.

Career

Rising through the snowboard ranks, Shaun White also rose through the skateboard ranks at the same time. Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder, took an interest in Shaun White because of his prowess. At this time Shaun was 9 years old and Tony Hawk befriended him at a local skate park and started mentoring him. This helped White turn pro in skateboarding by the age of 17. Shaun has most notably gone on to win the overall title of Action Sports Tour Champion, as one of his many titles. White is also the first person to compete in and win both the winter and summer X Games in two different sports.

Snowboarding Career

White followed in his older brother's footsteps when he switched from skiing to snowboarding at six years old. At age seven he received his first sponsorship. White has participated in two Winter Olympic Games in his career so far. He won a gold medal in the snowboard half-pipe event in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Since Shaun White has participated, has won a gold medal every year since 2002 in the X Games. He has a total of 15 medals (10 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze). This includes the X Games competition through 2009. This is the first quadruple win streak by a male athlete in one discipline, the snowboard slopestyle. In 2007 Whites win streak was broken when he lost to Andreas Wiig and Teddy Flandreau. White took the bronze. Shaun won the Air and Style contest in 2003 and 2004.

2006 Winter Olympics

Shaun White won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics in the half-pipe. He only scored 37.7, which is low. White was almost out of the competition. He scored a score of 45.3 in his second run. In the finals, Shaun scored 46.8 out of a possible 50. The silver went to fellow American Danny Kass with a score of 44 points.

2007

2007 was a big year for Shaun White. He placed third in slopestyle and first in the half-pipe at the 25th (2007) Burton US Open. Shaun was also crowned the first "Burton Global Champion". He won $ 100,000 as the Global Open Champion and for his first place in the half-pipe he was awarded $ 20,000, and he was awarded $ 90,000 for third place in the slopestyle. He was also given a new car, a Corvette. Way to go Shaun!

2008

The first Shaun White video game was released on November 16, 2008. It's called "Shaun White Snowboarding". It was released in Europe on November 14, 2008. The Shaun White Snowboarding video game was the 20th best-selling game of December 2008 in the United States. At his third US Open Snowboarding Championship Competition in 2008, Shaun White captured his snowboard half-pipe title by executing a near flawless second run. This went along with his third US Open slope competition.

2009

The SuperPipe at the Winter X Games XIII, there was a lot of controversy. Shaun's competitor, Kevin Pearce, had 5 hits on the pipe. They were the same tricks White did in his final run. Kevin Pearce started his run with a big grab, while Shaun started his run with six hits and a big backside rodeo 540. He had had six hits whereas Kevin had 5 hits. Pearce's first hit was not as technical as White's first hit. Because Shaun's hits were bigger the judges decided he deserved the better score. White became the second competitor, with this win. Tanner Hall was the first to do this. White was the second competitor to do it. This was to win the superpipe in consecutive years at the Winter X Games. White had two straight years of winning bronze before he finally won the gold.

At Vancouver's Cypress Mountain, on February 14, 2009, Shaun won the FIS Cups Men's Half-Pipe event. He qualified immediately out of the gate by having a score of 45.5. It was the day's best score. With a thumb sprained on an over-rotated backside 1080 in the second qualifying run, he clinched the event with the first of his two runs in the finals. He was awarded the highest score ever at FIS in his first finals. He earned a 47.3 score.