Shaun White

Active - 2005 - 2014  |   Born - Sep 3, 1986 in San Diego, California, United States  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation

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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.