Shaun White Will Take Home Gold In New Slopestyle Snowboarding

By Brian Skinnell
Mark Leffingwell-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Leffingwell-USA TODAY Sports

He’s the greatest snowboarder in the history of the planet and his legacy is about to grow. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Shaun White is destined to take home Olympic gold in new slopestyle snowboarding.

While White is mostly known for his incredible ability on the superpipe and halfpipe, this year he’ll also show the world that he’s ready to dominate in the Olympics’ newest event of slopestyle. Historically, he’s been nearly impossible to beat. In the Winter X Games, he won eight total medals in the event, five of them gold. On the Winter Dew Tour, he won four total medals, two golds. At the FIS Snowboarding World Cup in 2014, he took home the bronze. Not bad for someone who hasn’t legitimately competed in the event in nearly four years.

Aside from his past successes, this just seems to be something that White does. Whenever something new gets introduced, whether be him or the sport he’s in, he kills it. Simply put, he just outworks the competition and is better at it then they are, plain and simple. When he made his Olympic debut in 2006, he took home the gold in convincing fashion. He then defended his title in 2010 with a similarly stellar victory.

One of the things that sets him apart from the others is his work ethic. White is always evolving his game from year to year. It seems as though whenever he takes to the pipe, he’s got a new trick all worked out and ready to showcase. He’s constantly working to make himself better and that’s why he’s the best at what he does. He out-works the competition and it shows when the lights come on and the games begin. White spends countless hours perfecting his craft and that alone makes him a favorite for this event.

When White takes to the slope this February, he’ll have some stiff competition. In the World Cup, the only two men to better him in the event were Norway’s Staale Sandbech and Torstein Horgmo. Just because he isn’t the obvious favorite doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a chance. White seems to have a knack for the dramatic, so don’t ever count him out of an event.

White is a winner in everything that he does. It doesn’t matter if he’s on a snowboard or a skateboard, he’s going to dominate; the same can be said for the competitions he’s entered in. It doesn’t matter what the event is, he’s simply going to win, there’s no way around it. He works too hard and prepares too well to lose. It’s not in his DNA to lose, especially when trying to accomplish something before anyone else does.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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