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The Flying Tomato, Shaun White Heads To Sochi In Search Of Another Gold

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02/10/2014 9:36 am
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The Flying Tomato, Shaun White Heads To Sochi In Search Of Another Gold
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Kaitlyn Elliott

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Shaun White is most commonly recognized for his flowing red locks, if you take that away (which he recently did) what do you have? One of America’s most beloved and well-known athletes. With an early start in the sport of snowboarding at age six, by seven years old, White had already received his first sponsorship. Since 2002, he has participated annually in the Winter X-Games, placing every year, and holds 13 gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals. But if you ask anyone “Who is Shaun White?” they will most likely say something along the lines of “an Olympic gold medalist” and they couldn’t be any more correct. White made his first Olympic debut in 2006 at the Turin Winter Olympics where he won gold in the men’s half pipe and became the poster child for the United States Olympic Team. In 2010, Shaun White showed out once again at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, winning gold (again) in the men’s half pipe, blowing his competition away by almost 3 ½ points. This year, at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, White was scheduled to compete in two events instead of his regular one: the half pipe and slope style. When White dropped out of slope style only one day before competition, his fellow competitors called him a “joke.” Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot tweeted saying, “Shaun knows he won’t be able to win the slopes, that’s why he pulled out. He’s scared!” but later deleted the post. But it seems as though Parrot couldn’t “win the slopes” either, with Sage Kotsenburg of the US stealing the gold, leaving Parrot in 5th place. White is still set to compete in the men’s half pipe event. But aside from sports, White’s “champion” platform has led him to sponsor and promote many charities, some of which include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish, and Target House. And in 2012, he was recognized for his work with St Jude at the GQ Gentleman’s Ball where also received a style award. Seems like a pretty nice guy huh? Now that we have some background on Shaun White, maybe we will root a little harder for him in his upcoming half pipe event, this Tuesday! If you want to learn more about Shaun White, you can watch an exclusive video produced by Shaun White Enterprises called Russia Calling here. Until Tuesday, go team USA! Keep up with PopWrapped on the web!  


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