It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a Flying Tomato?
If you know snowboarding, you know that, that references non other than Shaun White. Having dominated his sport for years, shaping snowboarding culture, White will not only be sporting a new look this year at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but he’ll be competing in an additional event as well. Famous for his unmatchable tricks, unstoppable success, and signature red hair, White will compete in slopestyle in addition to half-pipe snowboarding. Shockingly, the odds of him winning a gold are not in his favor, for he will be competing against the top slopestyle snowboarders in the world.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist in half-pipe is challenging himself by competing in this event which entails gliding down a course of rails and flying off three large jumps to perform stunts. Ironically, slopestyle used to be White’s preferred sport until the International Olympic Committee (IOC) added half-pipe snowboarding to the games. Since then he has devoted himself to becoming half-pipe’s champion and has become what is known as the “pied piper” of the sport.
Shaun White has been the face of the X Games and snowboarding for more than a decade now, having accumulated a string of titles and championships. White has collected 17 Winter X Games medals (12 of which are gold) and six Winter Dew Tour medals, all in addition to his two Olympic gold medals from 2006 and 2010. Off the slopes, he’s even made a name for himself skateboarding. In fact, he’s racked in five Summer X Games medals to add to his collection. Talk about being “well-rounded.”
With just 27 days till the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Shaun White will definitely be one to watch in the slopestyle event, as if he wasn’t one to watch already. From his incredible abilities as an X Game athlete and snowboarder to just your average “dude” that cut off his red locks, Shaun White has continued to reinvent himself which has allowed him to stay at the top of his game. That said, Shaun White definitely “Fits the Mark.”
The Fitmark Team