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Ditching 'The Flying Tomato'?

Sorry snowboard fans, the Flying Tomato is grounded. No, he's not skipping the Olympics. But Shaun White wants a new nickname, says Yahoo's Fourth-Place Medal blog:

After years of being called 'The Flying Tomato,' White has spoken out about the moniker saying, "Whoever was on the mic had some dead air to fill -- and the name came out of his mouth." Not a ringing endorsement.
He has a suggestion for his alias: 'The Animal.'
Purportedly uttered by "someone" for his resemblance to the Muppets drummer, White fully supports this new nom de guerre, calling it "kind of rad." Sure...

Let's see what Bob Costas & Co. call White once the Games begin.

By John Kiernan  |  January 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Shaun White , Snowboard  
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Only someone as self-absorbed and conceited as Mr. White would deign to select his own nickname. And snowboarding, while entertaining and often amazing, is not a sport...it is an activity. A true sport has a component of human defense like hockey, curling, or cross country skiing. Without a human defensive potential, most of the vaunted Olympics games are just challenging individual activities, not sports.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | February 13, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

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