Fast Facts

  • Endured two major surgeries before his first birthday, both to correct a heart defect.
  • Mentored at the age of nine by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, a neighbor, at the Encinitas YMCA Skate Park.
  • Nicknamed the "Flying Tomato" for his flowing, curly red hair.
  • Missed out on qualifying for the 2002 Olympic team by only three-tenths of a point.
  • Strung together four consecutive X Games gold medals in one discipline (snowboard slopestyle, 2003-06), the first athlete to do so in either summer or winter competition.
  • Won a gold medal on the Halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
  • Became the first athlete to qualify for both the Winter and Summer X Games in unique events.
  • Repeated his Olympic success and won gold again on the Halfpipe at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
  • Cut off his signature hair in 2012 to donate it to Locks of Love, which makes hairpieces for children suffering from cancer.


  • Cathy White — Mother
  • Roger White — Father
  • Jesse White — Brother
  • Kari White — Sister


  • Birth Name: Shaun Roger White
  • Birth Place: Carlsbad, California, United States
  • Profession: Professional snowboarder and skateboarder

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