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PyeongChang proved that Shaun White can still bring it!
White’s gold medal run in the snowboard halfpipe event made it clear that he was back to business, an especially impressive feet after coming off of a jarring crash into the lip of a frozen halfpipe back in October, requiring 62 stitches.
An underwhelming fourth place finish at the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014 had all eyes on White in the halfpipe, but as White brings home his third Olympic gold medal he has the world wondering why they ever doubted him.
Beyond White’s mainstream fame, endorsements, and recent appearances in the media, lies a red headed kid from California with raw talent and a drive to compete.
White’s career took shape at Mammoth Resort’s Snow Summit and Bear Mountain.
Born in San Diego, White grew up skiing these Southern California slopes. In 2016 he invested in the revamping of these mountains.
White now competes as an official Mammoth Team athlete for Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
White began packing his bags for PyeongChang last month, following the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Nomination Ceremony Presented by Visa at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth.
Shaun White Athletic achievements
- White was the first to compete and medal in both the Summer and Winter X Games.
- White is the first snowboarder ever to land back to back double corks, at the Red Bull superpipe.
- He remains the only skater to land the frontside heelflip 540 body varial. (The Armadillo).
- He was the first to land a Cab 7 Melon Grab in vert skateboarding.
- He is the first snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals in the Winter X-Games Superpipe.
- He is also the first athlete ever (on snowboard or skis) to win gold medals four years in a row in the Winter X-Games Superpipe.
- He is the first (and only) person to win both a Summer and Winter Dew Cup.
- White was the first to “three-peat” in SuperPipe at the Winter X Games.
- Shaun White holds the record for the highest score in the men’s halfpipe at the Winter Olympics. In 2018, he scored 97.75 on his last run.