Thursday, February 18, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Snowboarding superstar Shaun White ready to defend Olympics gold


Shaggy red hair. Baggy pants. Scrawny chest. T-shirt for every occasion — like, maybe, trolling the mall to spend some of the $8 million (U.S.) that sponsors hurl his way each year for riding a board like no one else.

Say a large “How do, dude!” to Shaun White, a 23-year-old, half-piping, American superstar whose journey from X Games legend to Olympic champion and, hence, mainstream sports hero, makes him one of Vancouver’s hottest celebrities.

White took his high-flying act to the dewy slopes of Cypress Mountain Wednesday where tricks honed on a secret $500,000 training ramp (courtesy of sponsor Red Bull) will be unleashed on the field. He nailed his first qualifying run, posting the highest score of his heat.

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