2014 Winter Olympics: 10 Interesting Facts About Shaun White
Winter Olympics 2014: 10 Interesting Facts About Shaun White
Shaun White is going into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi as a heavy favorite in pretty much every event he plans on competing in as usual. He’s a gold medal factory, he’s a sports icon and he’s still doing it all at the highest of levels.
He’s the Tiger Woods of snowboarding, if Tiger Woods was also like Kevin Durant in another sport, because Shaun White is also one of the best skateboarders in the world. The main reason he’s like Tiger Woods is because people who can’t name another snowboarder know who Shaun White is and what he looks like. That’s a household name, folks, and he’s done it all while being a crazy-looking kid with a mane of red hair ... until recently, anyway.
Shaun White’s prowess in extreme sports is no doubt legendary, but for athletes like him, the big dance doesn’t come around every year -- it comes around every four years. Sure, there’s the X Games and those are big. However, when compared to the Olympics and the massive international audience, as well as the prestige of winning Olympic gold while representing your country, there is no comparison.
White did not participate in the X Games this season, and that is simply because he did not want to risk getting hurt for the Olympics. He allowed himself to be in the best shape possible for what will probably be his last winter Olympics. He may continue to dazzle at the X Games or he may not, but most people think this is the last chance White has to rack up another gold medal for the U.S.
That’s huge, and we’ll all be watching. To get to know the former “flying tomato”, here are some interesting facts about the greatest snowboarder of all time, Shaun White.
10. Plays Guitar In A Band
White plays guitar in a rock band called Bad Things, and they recently played Lollapalooza in 2013.
9. Born with a Defect
White was born with a heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, that required two surgeries when he was five years old.
8. Has A Movie Career
He’s starred in such films as First Descent, Smurfs 2 and Friends with Benefits. He released his own film called the Shaun White Album in 2004.
7. His Brother Is His Manager
He also is the one who showed him what snowboarding was at a very young age. Thanks brah!
6. Shaun White Has Won More Medals Than Anyone In X Games History
He has 23 total X Games medals, 15 of which are gold. That’s just crazy.
5. Cut His Hair And Donated It To Locks Of Love In 2012
That's what I call charity!
4. Earns $2 Million Per Endorsement
... as a snowboarder! (Cue: “I’m in the wrong profession, right?)
3. Sponsored Ny Burton When He Was Seven-Years-Old
His mom called Burton to see if they had any boards that would fit a kid of his size. Long story short, they did.
2. He Broke His Leg, Hand And Skull
Let's just say that White's had a lot of broken bones.
1. He Dated Lindsay Lohan
It has been reported that in 2006, White dated Lindsay Lohan. In other news, Shaun White is a risk-taker.