Produced in San Diego, California, on September 3, 1986, Shaun White had two cardiac operations prior to the age of 5 due to some congenital heart defect. He started skateboarding after following his older brother to the nearby YMCA, and took up snowboarding in the age of 6. Known as the “Flying Tomato,” White is a two time Olympic gold medalist, and has won several medals in Winter Months and Summer X Games. While participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, White set fourth in the halfpipe, an event he had formerly commanded.
Created using a congenital heart defect, White had two cardiac operations prior to the age of 5. After he took up snowboarding in the age of 6, his mother ordered him to slow down by telling him he could just board backwards, or change, a skill that will help further his career.
White has competed in the Winter X-Games since 2002, amassing eight medals, including the initial four-peat with a male athlete in a single training: The slopestyle. He went to win another gold in the men’s halfpipe in 2010, in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
White is additionally an expert skateboarder, gaining inspiration from star Tony Hawk, whom White met at age 9. He’s the sole skater to land the bodyvarial frontside 540.
Known for his shock of reddish hair, he’s frequently called the “Flying Tomato,” or Il Pomodoro Volante in Italy, where he’s also popular. He’s had a total roll of patrons throughout his career, including Tmobile, Target, Mountain Dew and HP. His career has additionally spurred several promotional jobs, including a snowboarding video game, a clothes line and several snowboarding DVDs.
In September 2012, White was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism following a rowdy resort stay in Nashville, Tennessee. White supposedly ruined a telephone and pulled a fire alarm in the resort, causing patrons to evacuate the building. Based on reports, White attempted to flee the resort in a cab, and when a resort patron tried to prevent him from leaving, White kicked him and ran in the resort. A pursuit ensured—the patron chased White on foot—until White fell, hitting his head on a nearby fence. White was treated for his injuries in a nearby hospital and after his release, he was arrested and booked by policemen.
Certainly one of the best competitors in 2014’s Winter Olympics, White made the choice to not compete after discussing it with his teammates and calling the newest class “intimidating.”
The statement also came after two snowboarders, Torstein Horgmo and Marika Enne, endured harms practicing on the daunting new class, that continues to be criticized as being overly dangerous. Together with the remaining three American snowboarders neglecting to be eligible for the slopestyle, there’s absolutely no representation in the U.S. in the event. White instead chose to focus his attention on the halfpipe.
While participating in the halfpipe event, White was likely to take home the gold. But, the snowboarder placed lower than expected, bring coming in fourth position for the Usa.