Shaun White

Active - 2001 - 2014  |   Born - Sep 3, 1986 in San Diego, California, United States  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation [nf]

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  • Endured two major surgeries before his first birthday, both to correct a heart defect.Mentored at the age of nine by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, a neighbor at the time, at the Encinitas YMCA Skate Park.Nicknamed the "Flying Tomato" for his flowing, curly red hair.In 2000, debuted at the X Games at the age of 13.Missed out on qualifying for the 2002 Olympic team by only three-tenths of a point.Strung together four consecutive X Games gold medals in one discipline (snowboard slopestyle, 2003-06), the first athlete to do so in either summer or winter competition.Won his first U.S. Open at the age of 16.Won a gold medal on the Halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.The first athlete to qualify for both the Winter and Summer X Games in unique events.The first athlete to win both a Summer and Winter Dew Cup.Repeated his Olympic success and won gold again on the Halfpipe at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.Cut off his signature hair in 2012 to donate it to Locks of Love, which makes hairpieces for children suffering from cancer.Has made cameo appearances as himself in films and TV shows, including Friends with Benefits (2011), Da Flippity Flop, American Dad! and Cloud 9.Has also performed in an electronic rock band called Bad Things, playing the guitar.