Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an ex-professional snowboarder and skateboarder from the United States. He is a five-time Olympian and three-time Olympic half-pipe snowboarding gold medallist. He holds the record for most X Games and Olympic gold medals won by a snowboarder. In addition, he has received ten ESPY Awards in various categories over his career.
Early Years of Shaun White
White was born to parents Cathy and Roger in San Diego, California. His mother was a waitress when he was young, and his father, who grew up surfing, worked for the water department in San Clemente, California. He is the youngest child of four. His ancestry is of Irish and Italian descent.
Born with a congenital heart abnormality known as Tetralogy of Fallot, he underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. White spent his childhood motorcycling with his family in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. They would sleep in a van in parking lots of resorts.
Career of Shaun White
White turned pro at age 13 in snowboarding and at age 17 in skating. Shaun’s expertise in skateboarding earned him the title of Action Sports Tour Champion, and he was the first player to win the Winter X Games and Summer X Games in multiple sports.
Snowboard maker Burton began supporting White at age 7, and when he won the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at age 16, he became the youngest athlete to accomplish this feat. Shaun participated in the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 and won his first Olympic gold medal at age 19.
In 2003 and 2004, he won the European snowboarding competition Air & Style. In 2007, he won the Burton US Open and was crowned “Burton Global Open Champion.” White released “Shaun White Snowboarding” in 2008, followed by “Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage” the following year.
In 2009, Shaun won the FIS World Cup Men’s Halfpipe competition, and in 2012, he recorded the first-ever perfect score in the men’s Snowboard SuperPipe event at the Winter X Games. He placed third at the 2013 Pipe & Slope competition, then in 2017 he had an injury while training for the Winter Olympics in New Zealand.
After falling into the lip of a superpipe, White was hospitalised for five days and required 62 facial sutures. Shaun was able to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics despite his ailments and earned his third gold medal.
White has also been in the films “Friends with Benefits” (2011) and “Stretch” (2014), as well as the Disney Channel feature “Cloud 9.” (2014). In addition to lending his voice to “The Smurfs 2” (2013) and an episode of “American Dad!” (2013) on Fox, he has appeared in music videos by Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Black Keys.
Shaun, Davis LeDuke, Jared Palomar, Anthony Sanudo, and Lena Zawaideh founded Bad Things in 2012. In 2013, the band got a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, and in 2014, they released their self-titled debut album.
Personal Life of Shaun White
White’s red hair has earned him the long-standing moniker “The Flying Tomato.” In 2006, Rolling Stone stated on the term, “he used to embrace it, even sporting headbands with a flying tomato insignia, but he has grown tired of it.” He is also known as “Animal,” a reference to a Muppets character from The Muppet Show.
White was arrested on September 17, 2012, near a hotel in Nashville for public intoxication and vandalism after attending the wedding of The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. Since 2008, White, who as a newborn underwent two open-heart surgeries, has granted 17 wishes via the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
What is the Net Worth of Shaun White?
Snowboarder, musician, and skateboarder with a net worth of $65 million, Shaun White is an American. White, whose unusual red hair earned him the nickname “The Flying Tomato,” is one of the most successful and well-compensated Olympians of all time. He has won three gold medals at the Olympics, eleven ESPY Awards, and fifteen X Games gold medals (13 for snowboarding and two for skateboarding).
In 2009, Shaun inked a 10-year endorsement contract worth millions of dollars with Burton Snowboards, and he has a tight business partnership with the energy drink Red Bull. Additional sponsorships include Target, Oakley, HP, and Ubisoft. Without even putting on a snowboard, Shaun earns an estimated $10 million each year from endorsements.
Relationships of Shaun White
White was in a relationship with Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel from 2013 to 2019. In 2019, he began dating actress Nina Dobrev.
Sexual Harassment Allegation on Shaun White
Lena Zawaideh, the drummer for Bad Things, filed a lawsuit against Jack White in 2016, alleging sexual harassment and violation of contract. In May 2017, White and Zawaideh struck an out-of-court settlement; the terms were not published.
White was questioned at a news conference following his victory at the 2018 Winter Olympics if he was concerned that the lawsuit and payment will damage his reputation. In his reaction, he referred to the incident as rumour, which prompted considerable criticism of White for downplaying sexual harassment. Later, White expressed regret for his choice of words.
Awards and Accolades
White earned snowboarding (halfpipe) Olympic gold medals at the 2006 Torino Games, 2010 Vancouver Games, and 2018 Pyeongchang Games. He has won more gold medals and total medals in the X Games than any other athlete in history.
Shaun won superpipe gold medals at the X Games in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013; he also won slopestyle gold medals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2009. He earned gold medals for vert at the X Games in 2007 and 2011, as well as silver medals in 2005 and 2010, and a bronze medal in 2008.
During the 2018 Winter Olympics, White set the record for the highest score in the men’s halfpipe with a score of 97.75. In 2009, Shaun got the “Revolver” Golden Gods Award for “Most Metal Athlete” and was ranked as the ninth-best snowboarder in the world by “Snowboarder” magazine. “Transworld Snowboarding” has recognised him twice as Rider of the Year.
Real Estate of Shaun White
Shaun is a kind of subterranean real estate tycoon that owns a number of luxury properties around the world. In 2014, he paid $8.94 million for a Malibu ranch house with three bedrooms, and in 2020, he sold it for $11.8 million. White simultaneously listed his second Malibu property for $12.75 million.
Shaun sold his 4,500 square foot Hollywood Hills property for $6.7 million in 2017 and listed his New York City penthouse for $2.79 million; he relisted the penthouse in 2019 for $2.95 million.