Today in our Sports Profile is Shaun White:
- Born September 3, 1986
- He is Irish American
- He was born with a congenital heart defect for which he endured two open-heart operations before the age of one.
- He is the first person to compete in and win both the Summer and Winter X Games in two different sports – Skateboarding and Snowboarding.
- He is the first snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals in the Winter X-Games Superpipe.
So how did he become soo good at Snowboarding:
At the age of seven Shaun entered and won his first snowboard contest and by 13 he turned Pro. At only 15 he captured his first major pro win at the Oakley Arctic Challenge and less than a year later he earned his first Winter X Games medals; gold in both the Halfpipe and Slopestyle events.
Today, Shaun holds a record-breaking 11 Winter X Games gold medals, two Winter Olympic Halfpipe gold medals, and a ton of other honors from contests around the globe.
Shaun takes a creative approach to everything he does. Off the slopes he, in collaboration with Oakley, released Oakley’s first ever Signature Series Snow Goggle, the fourth reincarnation of which is soon to be released. Shaun was also the first athlete to co-design an Oakley sunglass, which he named “Montefrio,” after the street he grew up on in San Diego, California. Since then, Shaun’s collection has grown to include the lifestyle glass, HOLBROOK, a limited run collector’s edition of Oakley’s timeless FROGSKINS, and a new Signature glass the JUPITER LX.
Shaun and Oakley have a great relationship:
“True relationships stick around, with Oakley, I feel like I’m part of the family,” says Shaun. “Oakley products have always given me a competitive edge, and these guys have always been there for me, right down to little things like being at the top of the pipe ready to pass me a new lens when conditions change. It’s a good feeling knowing your riding in product you can trust.”
He has accomplished soo much and soo young, keep an eye out for what he is going to do next!