Shaun White

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Shaun Roger White is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He was born in San Diego, California and diagnosed at birth with a Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a heart defect. He underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. White spent many of his early years riding in Vermont and on the mountains in Southern California. He also spent his childhood learning from Tony Hawk. Hawk helped him turn pro in skateboarding at the age of 17. White won many titles on his skateboard, including the overall title of Action Sports Tour Champion, and he became the first person to compete and win both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports.

White also decided to follow his passion for snowboarding and turned pro at the age of 16. He received his first sponsorship at the age of seven, and he became the youngest snowboarder ever to win the US Open. White has participated in four Winter Olympics, earning three gold medals in the snowboarding halfpipe event. He currently holds the record for the highest score in the men’s halfpipe at the Winter Olympics. In 2018, he scored 97.75 on his last run. He also participated in the Winter X Games, where he has won a total of 18 medals. At Winter X, White became the first person in the history of the Winter X Games to score a perfect 100 in the Men’s Snowboard Superpipe.

White has done endorsement deals with Burton Snowboards, Oakley, Red Bull, and American Express. He’s won 11 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male US Olympic Athlete. Also, White is actively involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and has granted 17 wishes. Shaun White continues to pursue his passions and has become a global icon for his outstanding success.

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