Born in San Diego in 1986, he's the only professional to compete in both summer, on cement or springboard, and winter, on the snow, and always at a very professional level
Shaun White, the twenty-three year old snowboarder and skateboarder from San Diego, has been sponsored for more than two thirds of his life and in 2003 was the first to win various medals at the 10th winter and summer Games. Today he is still the only professional to compete in the two sports.
At the recent winter Olympics in Vancouver, he won gold in the halfpipe, and then rewrote history by becoming the first athlete to succeed in accomplishing the impossible Double McTwist 1260 on his second run. "It's a well-established fact that it was an experience that was much more intense than usual, because I didn't feel under pressure (and I am very competitive), so all I had in me was total motivation", says White as he prepares for the skateboard season in San Diego. "And right after doing it, I couldn't remember it. It was like when you finish reading a chapter in a book and you can't remember any specific part of it".
Exploits such as these though, are not achieved without hard work, even for this prodigious talent with the flaming red hair who at just nine years of age attracted the attention of the skateboard king Tony Hawk by humiliating older kids in his city's skating park.