[25] Corporate endorsement deals include or have included Burton Snowboards, Oakley, Inc., Birdhouse Skateboards, Park City Mountain Resort, Target Corporation, Red Bull, Ubisoft, Adio, Hewlett-Packard, and American Express. At Turin, White’s thick mop of red hair—which had earned him the nickname “the Flying Tomato”—and his gregarious personality made him a media darling, but he was in danger of missing the finals in the halfpipe event after a fall during his first qualifying run. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. White has also participated in the Winter X Games, where he has won a medal every year since 2002. At the 2007 Open, White was also crowned the first "Burton Global Open Champion". According to reports, White attempted to flee the hotel in a taxi, and when a hotel patron tried to stop him from leaving, White kicked him and ran from the hotel. The "Flying Tomato" has also claimed several medals at the Winter and Summer X Games. 11:21 pm ET, 'The Simpsons' predicted USA curling gold in 2010, Ledecka makes history with golds in two sports, USA's Kyle Mack wins silver in snowboard big air, Canada hockey gets bronze with win over Czechs, Stay up to date on all the news about the. Hawk befriended the nine-year-old White at a local skatepark and mentored him, helping him turn pro in skateboarding at the age of 17. It … White signed CAA Sports for representation after working with IMG for eight years. [3] White spent his formative years riding Okemo Mountain and Bear Mountain, small ski resorts found in Ludlow, Vermont, and the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. But few Olympians have opened up about the depression and disconnect that follow what, for most athletes, is the ultimate mountaintop. For Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals, the pursuit of becoming the best swimmer in the world meant closing off every other part of himself until, eventually, he wasn’t sure who he was outside of the pool. 6-keys: media/spln/olympics/reg/free/stories, at White was trailing Hirano by one full point coming into his last run with a score of 94.25. White was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital and after his release, he was arrested and booked by officers. Including all winter X Games competitions through 2013, his medal count stands at 18 (13 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), among which is the first quadruple win streak by a male athlete in one discipline, the snowboard slopestyle. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. and also co-produced the Disney Channel TV movie Cloud 9. In 2006, he won the gold medal in the men's halfpipe at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Undeterred, he dominated the professional circuit for the next two years, and when qualifying began for the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, he won the halfpipe in all five of the Grand Prix events that determined team selection. During the winter games, he was the most talked-about Olympic athlete on Facebook. Snowboarder Shaun White poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 25, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. “The current global health crisis has only brought more urgency to finding ways to reduce the stigma of seeking help and provide excellent mental health resources for not only Olympians but everyone.”. As a member of the NAACP, Walter White investigated lynchings and worked to end segregation. Shaun White only has snow on his mind. White has competed in the Winter X Games since 2002, amassing eight medals, including the first four-peat by a male athlete in one discipline: The slopestyle. The suit alleged that White had forced her to look at sexually explicit images and videos and had wrongfully terminated her from the band. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images). On his second run, he recorded a score of 45.3. He won the Air & Style Contest in 2003 and 2004. He won nine gold medals, including four at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. They posted photos together on Thursday. He remains the only skater to land the frontside heelflip 540 body varial. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Their message is urgent. Born in San Diego in 1986, Shaun White began skateboarding after following his older brother to the nearby YMCA, and took up snowboarding at the age of six.