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Shaun White

post #1 of 20
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Kudo's to Shaun White. As much as I don't like the culture he represents the kid is awesome. When you consider he has won every event he has entered this year, that for itself might be a first for any sport. The reality is that winning Gold for his country and his family meant more to him than winning the XGames. Quite a story, quite a young man. I doubt Tanner Hall would have conducted himself in this manner.
post #2 of 20
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Originally Posted by Lars
Kudo's to Shaun White. As much as I don't like the culture he represents the kid is awesome. When you consider he has won every event he has entered this year, that for itself might be a first for any sport. The reality is that winning Gold for his country and his family meant more to him than winning the XGames. Quite a story, quite a young man. I doubt Tanner Hall would have conducted himself in this manner.

I'm no fan of HP culture, either, but I gotta tell you, that kid's all right.
I spent three very long days working the SS/HP olympic qualifiers, up at the warming tent, and shaun was a really good, funny kid who kept the levity high.
anytime one might even think, for a moment, that someone could be having bad day, shaun would start doing silly, situation-comedy things and generally keeping all of his fellow competitors at ease.
he and i were constantly stealing/hiding each others' 'dasani' waters (i was there to keep the press/fans/paparazzi the hell away from the athletes, and to make sure the rent-a-cops were aware who was an actual competitor, and who wasn't.......paparazzi -types were actually donning bibs left over from the previous days' training sessions, and hiking up the pipe with cameras in their buttpacks. wrong answer), until it was no longer funny, and then went full-circle, to become, again, funny, thanks to his light, intelligent nature.
there were no restroom sat the top of the HP qualifier, and the guys used the trees, and the girls had almost nowhere to go....until one of the officials suggested allowing them to piddle in the warming tent while one of us watche dthe door. shaun, who really used the tent to it's fullest potential (despite my accusations of him using it as his own 'spank hut'), wa sjokingly incensed at this prospect, once he became aware of it, and made a hilarious production of airing the tent out so as not to have his performance affected by the pheromones...
funny guy.....
I mean really funny. he's like a cross between jeff spicoli (shawn penn in 'fast times at ridgemont high') and carrot top, but far more witty.
not a bad word for anyone in those three long days, always smiling, often in the warming tent by himself, mentally reviewing/projecting his runs as thoughtfully as any Olympic DHer.
three cheers to the fling tamayta!

I gotta say, as well, that lindsay jacobellis is an absolute lady and a consumate pro in every sense.
at one point, a rent-a-cop gave her a hard time for stepping over some fencing, instead of hiking up and around. from lindsay there was no "do you know who i am?", but, rather, a polite apology as she started hiking up to the opening in the fence, until i promptly pulled a length down so she could simply walk into her starting area....and suggested the rentacop go take a break by keeping fans from throing snowballs into the pipe.
post #3 of 20
I liked the personal piece they did on him. His family used to bring him to Big bear and they would stay in Motel Six and cook with a hotpot setting off the fire alarm. They said he skied too fast so they put him on a snowboard. When he did that too fast his mom made him ride switch to slow him down.....

Alfonse
post #4 of 20
He is also close to a world class skateboarder, and used to compete, but i guess he chose to go with snowboarding for the most part, and look where it got him.
post #5 of 20
His performance was awesome and I noticed he managed to keep his pants up. Maybe that will be the new trend.
Like it or not, he's a role model now and I think a fine one at that!
post #6 of 20
The interview with costas was priceless - 'so now that you got your gold medal, do you think it will improve your chances with the ladies' - 'do you think you could hook me up with sasha cohen' *

*not actual quotes, but it was still funny.
post #7 of 20
I think it's interesting he's gone from being an up and coming athlete to the top of the his sport in 3 years. He's also gone from being a high school kid coming of age to an adult. It seems like he's developed the right attitude along the way. It's one thing to getting an interview in Snowboarding magazine, it's quite another to be on NBC and all the talk shows that will follow. If he thought he was a star before, just give it a few weeks.

Anyone see Final Descent? I thought the people were pretty interesting, but the way they played the movie Shaun and Hannah Teter were portrayed as dumb, new kids. Well, Hannah certainly came off that way, but Shaun actually pulled off some cool stuff.
post #8 of 20
Glad to hear all the inside scoop on him. Don't know him, but what I have seen adn read he seemed like a kid with his head on straight. Glad to see it was not just something for when the cameras were on.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Lars
I doubt Tanner Hall would have conducted himself in this manner.
Yeah but I bet Simont Dumont would. That guy is so nasty!
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by k2ninety
He is also close to a world class skateboarder, and used to compete, but i guess he chose to go with snowboarding for the most part, and look where it got him.
I was in the Vert final at XGames, can't remember how he did, but that doesn't relly matter.
post #11 of 20

yo be atch!

I kept waiting for him to call bob costas a bitch!

But was glad to see he's got respect.

I had a few encounters over the weekend with terrain park/half pipe dumb*ss morons tricking and hopping and backwarding it through ski classes of little kids, and a bunch totally blocking a trail. I was fed up with the whole screw you scene.

So it was good to see the new face of it can be cool and a decent throughtful person.
post #12 of 20
i think that white is a true stand up guy. i don't think that he represents the traditional smoke-em-if-ya-got-em snowboarder who is soooo hyped up in image and hip hop. he's more of a nerd, and i say that in a really good way. he's just a funny kid with a really outgoing personality and a smart sense of humor.

Shaun is really just a silly kid. He wears that stuff over his face as a joke, when all the other kids are jumping in front of the camera, he gets a small chuckle out of wearing an outfit so that nobody can see his face. He's genuinly confident in HIMSELF and trusts who he is. You can just tell about how he's such a happy, intelligent kid.

I for one, think he's the coolest guy on the snowboard circuit, by a long shot.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by astrochimp
I kept waiting for him to call bob costas a bitch!
Sounds like Costas was really a jerk to Shaun White. Does anyone know if that interview is available on the NBC site? I looked but couldn't find it.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by tennisets
Sounds like Costas was really a jerk to Shaun White. Does anyone know if that interview is available on the NBC site? I looked but couldn't find it.
I thought that Kostas came across as hopelessly out of touch but not really a jerk. He seemed sincere in trying to establish raport but missed big time.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by lifer
I thought that Kostas came across as hopelessly out of touch but not really a jerk. He seemed sincere in trying to establish raport but missed big time.
i don't know about "snowboard culture" (mentioned in an earlier post), sounds like a little bit of a "broad brushed remark" to me... i can start rattling off punk skiiers too, but I don't think all skiier are drunk bc Bode likes a beer or two.

but that said... I agree with this above... Costas was not a jerk just a little bit stiff, def out of touch. I thought clearly that White was confident and controlled the interview. basically white was havin fun esp near the end with the sophia cohen comment. if you were looking at the end you'd notice that costas threw the script in the air. i think costas was just trying to be funny and was probably doing it in fun.

anyway, as for white... he seems to me a super nice down to earth kid with a good family. I met him once and now I regret not chatting with hium more... I spent time talking to Victoria Jealouse and Ross Powers. Oh well, my mistake.

I'll give NBC credit as I especially liked to little segment of White that included home video of him... it was pretty awesome. old movies of White skiing at age 3-4 or so, then at 5-6 his parents put him on a snowboard to slow him down. then they made him ride switch to, again, slow him down nothing could stop this kid. i loved the video of what looked like a 7 yr old white jumping little kickers and doing spins (better than most adults I know). you can tell that he was a natural, right out of the gate. and he skateboards at the pro level too.

last night... white made me proud to be a knuckledraggin snowboarder, and more importantly an american. it was a great moment, and well deserved for a uber-talented good hard workin kid. i also loved the american flag bandana/facemask. i thought that was a nice touch.

go get em, flyin' tomato. well done.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by tennisets
Sounds like Costas was really a jerk to Shaun White. Does anyone know if that interview is available on the NBC site? I looked but couldn't find it.
Not a jerk. Just asked a lot of cliche' doofus questions! But really how many interviews will he be doing in the next 10 days? How many original questions do you think he can come up with? There are few TV personalities who really come up with original material
post #17 of 20
I didn't mean to imply that Costas was a jerk to White. More, I just expected filth to be flung from his mouth, cuz that's kind of the norm from some of the people I encounter on runs and lifts. I actually thought, if I was in that position I might let loose with a Fokkin A! or two.

I mean, fokk!
post #18 of 20
I like Shaun White, seems like a real good kid (and Bob Costas is definitely a dork).
post #19 of 20
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Shaun White and listening to his interviews.

Certainly a talented athlete. Seems like a genuinely great guy!
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by lifer
I thought that Kostas came across as hopelessly out of touch but not really a jerk. He seemed sincere in trying to establish raport but missed big time.
Ah, thanks for the clarification.
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