U.S. rider Shaun White has fulfilled another one of his snowboarding career goals, taking the gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics after a season of sweeps including all five U.S. Grand Prix Olympic qualifying events and two gold medals at the 2006 Winter X Games. Snowboarding has never seen an athlete sweep so many major events in a single season.
Shaun was on top of the world when he reached his family, fans and the screaming crowd. “I didn’t know if I would get the gold, I just knew I wanted it,” said White. “This is the best year of my life and I’m so happy my whole family’s here. I know I won’t have this again. It’s amazing. Everybody’s having such a good time.”
Burton Snowboards’ Founder and Chairman Jake Burton watched Shaun win the gold from the bottom of the Olympic halfpipe and had this to say: “I have been watching Shaun ride since he was nine years old and I knew he had talent, but I never knew he would have a run like that in his life. Not only is he riding better than anyone else, but he is clearly having more fun.”
Shaun White’s winning run included a lofty lien air, textbook McTwist, jaw-dropping frontside 10, cab 10 nose grab, frontside 9 lien to backside 9. His run is a demonstration of the constant progression of the sport. Looking back to the Winter Games of 2002, Ross Powers won the gold medal in men’s halfpipe with a solid run that incorporated a huge method and back-to-back 7s.
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Shaun White will try to add one more victory to his unprecedented list of contest wins when he heads to the 2006 US Open Snowboarding Championships in