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Shaun White Biography:

Shaun Roger White is an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder. Shaun White is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He also won several medals at the winter and summer X Games. He was born on September 3, 1986, in San Diego, California, U.S. He was born with a heart defect for which he required two operations before the age of 1. White has the nickname “The Flying Tomato”, due to his long red hair.

Despite his early health problems, he took up snowboarding at age six and by age seven he received his first sponsorship. White participated in four Winter Olympics in his career. He won three gold medals in the snowboard halfpipe event in the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Winter Olympics.  White became the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals.  He also participated in in the Winter X Games, where he has won a medal every year since 2002.  

He is not only snowboarder also a skateboarder. In 2003, he entered the professional skateboard circuit. White has won many titles on his skateboard.  He was the first athlete to compete in and win both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports.

Inspirational Quotations From Shaun White:

  • “There are plenty of skills I've learned from playing video games. It's more interactive than watching TV, because there are problems to solve as you're using your brain.”

  • “Skateboarding is training, but I don't think of it as training. It's fun.”

  • “I've reached my goal with snowboarding.”

  • “Every time I've had a bad performance at an event, I've come back more determined and focused.”

  • “I trip walking down the stairs, but I can skate them probably.”

  • “I'm not too big on moisturisers and fancy skin products. I keep my grooming regime nice and simple.”

  • “When you think about it, we're strapping strange planks of wood to our feet and launching off of giant snow walls. It's pretty intense.”

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  • “I personally think skateboarding is harder because it has so many moving parts. With snowboarding, your feet are strapped to your board.”

  • “There's always room for improvement, but the judges are looking for big airs and stylish tricks.”

  • “Snowboarding's tough, because you've got to go to the mountains. For me, I love the skateboard season because I get to hangout at home and still be skating. I don't have to travel to Norway or Japan or these crazy places to be snowboarding.”

  • “I can kind of picture what I want to do and my body just does it. You feel your way through a trick. I close my eyes sometimes.”

  • “Cement doesn't give as much as snow.”

  • “We all started snowboarding in the beginning as a family just to be closer together, go on trips. It was our soccer, but instead of Dad yelling at me from the sideline he is there riding with me and hitting the jumps even before I am hitting them.”

  • “Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness... it gets your senses to be spot-on and it's also a great way to take my mind off things.”

  • “I can't stay away from Chinese food. I really love that stuff.”

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  • “Usually the thing that signifies that I'm done with the winter and all that is that I start skateboarding.”

  • “I can't stay away from Chinese food. I really love that stuff.”

  • “You can only jump so far until you break your leg. You can only land so hard until something explodes.”

  • “The hardest thing about skateboarding is consistency: The slightest flick of your foot or gust of wind can send your board flying, so it's really anybody's game out there.”

  • “You have to be prepared to take a spill.”

  • “If you eat the same cereal every day it's gonna get old. And if I had thought about snowboarding every day, I would have quit a long time ago.”

  • “You show up at the Olympics, and you're no longer you; you're an American Olympian. You're part of this greater whole, and the individual doesn't matter.”

  • “I've got to stand up for the sport.”

  • “I wear black skinny-fit jeans - I can't get away from them. It's funny because I wore baggy jeans for ages, then one day my friend convinced me to try on a skinny pair and I thought they were great.”

  • “Surfers have the most attitude.”

  • “I'm proud of the U.S.A. We've done some amazing things. To wear our flag in the Olympics is an honor.”

  • “If you think I've got a lot of sponsors, you should see the stuff I turn down.”

  • “I'm really disappointed at every event if I don't do less than what I wanted to do.”

  • “Generally, I'm a pretty mellow guy.”

  • “My friends ask me why I still live with my family, but I feel comfortable there. We've all been through so much together.”

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  • “I know my family and I would always go up to the mountains just for fun. We always skied. Then, all of a sudden, my brother started snow boarding. Older brother thing, I had to do what he was doing. So I started snow boarding.”

  • “I don't know, I think, in times where I'm really nervous, and I'm really under the pressure the worst possible outcome is for me to start thinking about it. I just do.”

  • “I remember thinking that I'd way rather give my parents my money, and not have to like have them go to work anymore, you know what I mean. Because I'd way rather spend more time with them.”

  • “I've always wanted to land a 1080, it's been a beast of a burden for me.”

  • “I'd love to compete in the Summer Olympics.”

  • “It was hard to find a board my size. I was tiny.”

  • “There's not really anywhere I can go without being recognized, but if I put my hair up, that cuts the crowd in half.”

  • “I think guitar is the best thing in the world.”

  • “Getting into music has changed my personality and way of doing things. I'm far more open now.”

  • “It's a pretty heavy thing that happens to me when I'm at competitions. I get so sucked in, I can't really turn it off.”

  • “If you go to a building to skate, or if you go to these places to skate, you're told it's against the law in some cities. It's definitely a bummer. It's unfortunate.”

  • “Whenever I do a deal I always have the right of approval.” 

  • “My mom was a waitress, and my dad was a plumber who worked for the City of San Clemente fixing mains breaks, so not too glamorous.”

  • “I think fans can tell if you just slap a skateboarder on a game - you can't fool kids.”

  • “When I came back to skating, everyone was like 'Oh you're the snowboard guy.”

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