Shaun Roger White is an American former professional skateboarder and snowboarder. He is a five-time Olympian and has won three Olympic gold medals, including two in half-pipe snowboarding. He holds the world record for the most X Games gold medals and is currently the reigning world champion in half-pipe snowboarding.
White first earned fame when he won his first Olympic gold at age 19. The X Games have also featured him, and he has won more gold medals than anyone else. His magnetic presence and intensity on the board have made him a household name. He has been on the cover of Rolling Stone twice and won 10 ESPY awards.
White was born with a heart defect and underwent two open-heart operations at a young age. Despite these challenges, his early success and dedication to sports led him to win his first snowboarding competition at age seven. He was the first athlete to win gold in both the winter and summer X Games. However, after a second attempt at an Olympic gold, White stepped away from competition and focused on his music career. He has since stepped back to focus on his band and organising the first American leg of the Air & Style competition.
Shaun White was born in San Diego, California. He was the youngest of three children. His older brother, Jesse, was a skier. At age nine, White was close to Tony Hawk, and the two soon became friends. White spent his childhood in California, where he was surrounded by mountains and water. His family went skiing and snowboarding together, and Shaun White was soon able to master both sports.
In addition to being an Olympic athlete, White is also an active supporter of many charitable causes. He has personally granted 17 Make-A-Wish wishes. His dedication to charity has made him a true inspiration to people around the globe. Shaun White is an inspiration to athletes and has turned athleticism into an empire.
Since winning the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, White has faced a number of challenges. His last major contest, the Dew Tour, saw him miss multiple competitions due to an injury. In the months after his win in Pyeongchang, White had been diagnosed with COVID-19. He also had breathing problems and a sprained ankle. Despite his injuries, he managed to book a last-minute flight to Switzerland to compete in the world cup. His win secured him his third Olympic gold.
After the Olympics, White returned to skateboarding and focused on qualifying for the Tokyo Games. In the last few years, White has spoken to students at the University of Texas about his motivation, and recorded a podcast with Tony Robbins. Throughout his career, White has won numerous awards and is known for his innovative style and his competitive mindset.