Spotlight on the Olympic snowboarder
Posted on February 22, 2010 5:46 PM
In case you didn't know, Shaun White is involved with some kind of sporting event taking place right now. Of course, you probably already know that if you've visited his personal Web site recently. Visitors to www.shaunwhite.com are automatically redirected to shaunwhite.com/competing and a message:
Hi, this is Shaun White. I'm out competing, but I'll be back March 3rd. So check back soon.
Funny thing is, White is done competing in Vancouver, having already secured the gold in his only event, the halfpipe. Apparently, he is now simply enjoying the Olympic experience, and is far from the world's best multitasker.
The man who sent his last tweet on Sept. 6 has pushed his followers deeper into the dark ages with the stonewall announcement on his Web page. Visitors can't find his bio or any other information on the Tomato there. Instead, they are stuck with a notice that White has been honed in on competition. Still, perhaps fans can take solace in the fact that in the day of halftime tweets and blogged retirements, at least one athlete passes on technology for focused performance, even if it is briefly.Permalink | Comments (2)
Posted on January 28, 2010 10:00 AM
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.Permalink | Comments (1)
Posted on January 2, 2010 9:00 AM
Shaun White is the linchpin of one of the top teams that the U.S. will bring to Vancouver. The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga wrote about the expectations facing the ski and snowboard teams in a Jan. 26 article:
The snowboard team, formally announced Monday night, will feature four Olympic gold medalists: extreme-sports celebrities Shaun White and Hannah Teter, who both won halfpipe gold medals four years ago in Turin, and 2006 snowboard cross champ Seth Wescott, as well as 2002 winner Kelly Clark. ...
White, 23, debuted a new trick and won on back-to-back nights over the weekend in Park City, showing he is ready to defend his gold. Clark, who also won twice in Park City, will try to get back the gold that Teter won in Turin. Two other stars, Gretchen Bleiler (halfpipe) and Lindsey Jacobellis (snowboard cross), are back again after winning silver in 2006.Permalink | Comments (0)
Posted on January 2, 2010 8:55 AM
It's not just snowboarding, skateboarding and clothing design for Shaun White. He also has his own video game. Shaun White Snowboarding launched in 2008 -- that's the trailer for the game above -- followed by Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage, which was released in November 2009 exclusively for Nintendo Wii.Permalink | Comments (0)
About Shaun White
Perhaps the most recognizable American Olympian, Shaun White also is one of the United States' top candidates to collect gold in Vancouver. The 23-year-old, who won the gold medal in the halfpipe event at the 2006 Turin Games, has won 16 X Games medals between the winter and summer editions of the biggest event in extreme sports, including a record 10 golds.