With an impressive two Olympic gold medals, fourteen X Games wins, six dew tour gold medals and eight US open first place podiums, Shaun White is the most successful competition snowboarder ever.
Growing up in the resorts and skateparks of California, Shaun has been riding since he was six years old and turned pro when he was just seventeen. His talents in the halfpipe have seen him become the face of modern snowboarding and a celebrity in his own right, appearing as comfortable topless on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as he is doing 20ft airs out of icy superpipes.
Whether you love him or hate him, Shaun White has done a lot to raise the profile of snowboarding . He won the arctic challenge when he was only fifteen years old, had his own documentary film about him when he was eighteen and was the first athlete to win gold in both winter and summer X games.
More recently he’s starred in his own video game, ran his own Air and Style event in China and set up his own micro scooter company; all whilst still finding the time to take a couple of leisurely laps in the park and pipe from time to time. His perfect 100 scoring run in the 2012 X games superpipe and his double gold in pipe and slopestyle at the 2012 Euro X games in Tignes have shown the world that he’s still got it.
Also known as the flying tomato, Shaun was the first rider to ever land back to back double corks in the half pipe and all eyes will be on Shaun at the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi. Can he claim his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the pipe? Will he walk away with the number one spot in the new category of Slopestyle? Will he be wearing those leopard skin pants again? No one knows for sure, but with a track record as impressive as his it’s likely that Shaun is going to be pushing his riding to the next level in order to win more medals to add to his house sized trophy cabinet.