Shawn White

Topics: Shaun White, X Games, Snowboarding Pages: 3 (1028 words) Published: October 12, 2008
SummaryThe Summary of my paper, Shaun White, is: 1. My findings were that Shaun was only 13 when he became a pro snowboarder, he also became a pro skateboarder in 2003, and that he is trying to become more marketable by extending his demographics. 2. My opinions are that he has great ambition for the sport and is going to be great on and off the hill, he snowboards with such grace, and that by winning the gold in the Olympics hw will be more marketable. 3. My conclusions are FindingsShaun White was born on September 3, 1986 in San Diego California. White is a fair skinned freckled kid with long red hair, which gave him his nickname the flying tomato. Shaun and his family would travel to Mammoth Mountain in their van every Friday to go skiing. He began snowboarding when he was 6 years old with his father, Rodger. By the age of 7 he entered his first amateur contest, which he won the 12-and-under age group. These result won him a wild card entry into the national championships which he placed 11 in. Shaun became a pro at the age of 13.

Shaun was only 13 but was pushing the limits of snowboarding by tying stunts together that have never been done before, which gave him his reputation for getting big air. He appeared in the 2003 winter X Games and took Gold in the Slopestyle and the Superpipe and was also given the Games Best Athlete Award. Just a month later White was the youngest snowboarded to take the U.S. Open Slopestyle Championships. He returned to the Winter X Games in 2004 and took gold again in the Slopestyle competition. He was favored to win the Gold in the Halfpipe competition but after the first run his knee was giving him problems and he ended up having to get arthroscopic surgery and had to go through six months of rehab because he did not stay off of it long enough. Now ready to try for the Olympics again four years later White won all five event U.S. Grand Prix, which determines if you made the Olympic team. Shaun was now favored...
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