The star snowboarder chatted with Seattle Times readers Wednesday afternoon. Find out his favorite Olympics moment and whether he ever gets scared on the slopes.
Welcome to The Seattle Times’ live chat with Olympic snowboarding champion Shaun White. The chat ran from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday. Thanks to White for joining us and thank you, readers, for all your great questions. You can read a full transcript of the Q&A above.
Shaun White, 29, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding and is the X-Games record-holder for gold and overall medals.
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A native of San Diego, White began his professional career in skateboarding, but rose to fame in the 2000s as a stud on the slopes. Having earned his first sponsorship in snowboarding by age 9, by the time he arrived at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he was a favorite in the halfpipe event.
White, with his flowing red locks, became an instant star in the U.S. after he surged from behind in the standings to win gold in the halfpipe at the 2006 Olympics. His celebrity grew in the years following, including his endorsement of a snowboarding video game series, and in 2010 he repeated his gold-medal victory in the halfpipe at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Also the winner of 13 X-Game gold medals in slopestyle snowboarding and two X-Game gold medals in skateboarding, White returned to the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and finished fourth in the halfpipe event.
Now, with his hair cropped relatively tight, White remains very active in the snowboarding and skateboarding communities along with his work with several foundations, including St. Jude and Make a Wish. He is in Seattle this week to meet with Bellevue-based popcorn company Halfpops, for which White is developing a new flavor: Brooklyn Dill Pickle.