Popularly hailed as the flying tomato in most Olympics games, Shaun White is an American snowboarder, skateboarder, and musician. He holds one of the highest records of wins as an Olympian including garnering lots of gold and bronze medals. Through his years as a distinct athlete, he has strived hard and has evidently built a successful career. Here is everything you should know about the athlete.
Shaun White Biography (Age)
Born on 3rd of September 1986 in San Diego California, Shaun White was given the full name, Shaun Roger White. However, his career name – the flying tomato supersedes other of his names. All through his years of existence, he has built a successful career playing as a professional snowboarder, skateboarder, and musician.
White was born with congenital heart disease, and as a result, underwent two open-heart operations just before his first birthday. These surgeries didn’t affect his ability as a child. Sources say that he began to hone his skills as a skater while he was growing up. He often times rode on Okemo Mountain and Bear Mountain. As per his ethnicity, he is of Irish and Italian descent.
Having practiced right from an early age, he bagged his first skating award when he was six and by the time he was 13, he was already a registered member of the amateur circuit, claiming over three national titles. Shaun White grew with the success syndrome and by the time he made his first Winter X game, he bagged five slopestyle titles and superpipe titles.
With the rate his career grew, he decided to join the United States of America team for the 2002 winter Olympics, unfortunately, he didn’t qualify. Undeterred, he reigned throughout his stay in the professional circuit and subsequently qualified for the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics competition winning all the awards of the Grand Prix events.
During the competition at Turin, the flying tomato who already had won the hearts of many with his previous games almost disappointed his fans after having a fall during his first qualifying run. Shaun White braced up and by his second attempt made a flawless entry and landing which earned him the highest score of the competition. In the game, Shaun White made a backside 900 and two 1,080° airs on the front side. With his score of 46.8 on the run and an astonishing 1,080° backside air, he claimed the gold medal.
The 2009 Olympics game was quite controversial as Kevin Pearce and Shaun White performed almost the same tricks during the event. Nevertheless, Pearce made 5 hits in the pipe while White made 6 hits. So, after much critical analysis from the judges, again, the flying tomato emerged as the winner of the game. With that win, he clinched his second gold medal and became the second person after Tanner hall to win a gold medal in a superpipe. That’s not all, he also won yet another gold medal in Slopestyle.
The flying tomato won the FIS World Cup Men’s Halfpipe event at Vancouver Cypress Mountain but sadly also sustained a thumb injury. In 2010, he defended his halfpipe title in the winter games winning a gold medal and introducing an amazing new trick of two flips while completing thee-and-a-half twists. The following years came by with lots of wins but the year 2014 was quite more challenging as Shaun White ended up in the fourth position during that year’s game.
Apart from his snowboarding career, he is also one of the finest skateboarders in history. His athletic skills and charisma have also landed him several endorsement deals. Shaun White subsequently released a snowboarding video in 2004 titled The White Album and was the lead character in the documentary on snowboarders, First Descent.
Shaun White is also an actor and singer. He made his debut acting appearance in the movie Friends with Benefits and made an appearance in the 2013 an episode of American Dad as well as Cloud 9. As a singer, White is a guitarist with the band Bad Things.
The flying tomato evidently has worked hard to have achieved a smiling career. Through his career course, he has won a lot of gold medals as well as bronze. With a net worth of $40 million, he is regarded as one of the wealthiest Olympians in history.
Is Shaun White Married, Who Is The Wife Or Girlfriend?
It is quite uncertain to determine if Shaun White has finally taken his longtime girlfriend, Sarah Barthel to the altar as there are no records showing this. The two have been partners since 2013. They met for the first time on the set of Saturday Night Life after they came visiting a mutual friend who worked on the show. The two subsequently fell in love and decided to mold their feelings into a relationship. They both belong to an electro-rock group known as Phantogram. Shaun White and Sarah Barthel reside at their home in Los Angeles.