American Olympian: Shaun White

Shaun White's career in images.

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Despite a strong start at the day's qualifying runs, Shaun White failed to medal in the halfpipe final. He got off to a sore start with a big fall during his first run. He cleaned up his act for his final run, but only came in fourth place.
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Despite getting great air during his final halfpipe run, White's messy landings kept him from taking home a medal.
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White had a lackluster first run during the halfpipe final, earning just a 35 after a big fall.
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Shaun White got off to a powerful start Tuesday at his first competition of the Sochi Games. The iconic snowboarder quickly became the man to beat at the men's halfpipe qualifier, soaring through the air with apparent ease, in spite of the massive pressure he faces. He scored a 95.75 on the first of two qualifier runs.
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With an American flag-printed scarf over his nose and mouth, White clapped his hands before diving into the halfpipe, executing a series of big-air moves and flawlessly landing each. When he finished, the star high fived fans while waiting for the judges' decision.
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White makes his long awaited Sochi debut on the halfpipe course after announcing that he was pulling out of slopestyle to focus on winning the third straight gold medal in halfpipe for Team USA.
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Shaun White (L) enters the stadium with the United States Olympic team during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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US snowboarder Shaun White speaks during a press conference at Gorky Media Center the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 5, 2014.
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Snowboarder Shaun White of the United States practices during a training session on during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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A day before Olympic slopestyle competition, winter games superstar Shaun White announced that he is pulling out of the slopestyle events to focus on half pipe. White jammed his wrist a day before while on a slopestyle test run in Sochi.
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Professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White slides off a rail during the U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle snowboarding finals, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Frisco, Colo. White, who has been dealing with a hurt left ankle, finished third in the event. The 27-year-old, two-time Olympic halfpipe champion has struggled with balky ankles on and off for most of the past two years.
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In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, White flies off a jump during the World Cup U.S. Grand Prix snowboarding qualifications in Frisco, Colo. On a video posted to a sponsor's YouTube site Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, White shows the world the trick he's been working on for the upcoming Olympics. It's a frontside double-cork 1440, which resembles his Double McTwist 1260 but adds another half revolution of twist inside the two head-over-heels flips.
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White mid air during half-pipe qualifiers in the 2013 Dew Tour on December 12, 2013 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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White of Bad Things performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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White addresses the media after winning the gold medal in the Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final at Winter X Games Aspen 2013 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 27, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.
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White celebrates as he takes the podium after winning the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain on February 1, 2013.
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White, pictured here at The 2012 Gentlemen's Ball hosted by GQ Magazine, settled public intoxication and vandalism charges stemming from a September incident.
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The before and after moment when White cut off his famous locks in December 2012.
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A mugshot from White's Sept. 16 arrest at a Nashville hotel when police allege he pulled a fire alarm, forcing all the guests to be evacuated, and then was caught destroying a hotel phone.
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Debbie Phelps (C) the mother of Michael Phelps of the United States and his sisters Whitney Phelps (L) and Hilary Phelps (2nd L), White and model Bar Refaeli (top C) pose on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England.
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White attends the 'Friends with Benefits' premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 18, 2011 in New York City.
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White arrives at the 16th Annual GQ 'Men Of The Year' Party at Chateau Marmont on November 17, 2011.
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White arrives at RAGE Official Launch Party at Chinatown’s Historical Central Plaza on September 30, 2011 in Los Angeles
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Carlsbad's White shows off a facial flesh wound he incurred during practice at Winter X Games 14 on Jan. 29 in Aspen, Colorado.
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Medical personnel rush to the aid of White who was shaken up after a fall during practice.
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White went on to win the gold medal in the Men's Snowboard Superpipe at Buttermilk Mountain.
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White celebrates after finishing first during the halfpipe finals of the 2010 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix on Jan 9., 2010 at Mammoth Mountain ski resort.
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White, who claimed gold in his event at the 2006 Turin Winter Games. is the dominant snowboarder of his generation. In the first run of the final, White stole the show. He impressed the judges, who awarded him 46.8 points out of a possible 50.
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White debuted and won the gold medal in snowboarding halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics.
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Cold weather has been a way of life for the snowboarder whose family spent a lot of time in the snowy mountains of California.
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White celebrates after winning the Men's finals of the US Snowboard Grand Prix on December 12, 2009 in Copper Mountain, Colorado.
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White looks on as he is interviewed after winning the US Snowboarding Grand Prix on January 23, 2010 in Park City, Utah.
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White is victorious on the medal stand at the 2006 Winter Olympics Games.
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White's colorful personality has garnered him attention off the slopes as well.
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In 2004 White appeared on MTV's TRL.
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White doesn't just go for gold. Here he celebrates a sweet victory at the 2006 Espy Awards.
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Referred to as "The Flying Tomato," White has asked fans to instead think of him as "Animal" from the Muppets.
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His reputation as a party animal should help matters.
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In 2008, White was on hand with Joe Prebich at the Stork in Los Angeles for Maxim's Biggest Event in Extreme Sports party.
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A very young Shaun White looks uncharacteristically serious.
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White as we've come to know him today.
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With a halfpipe in the background, White looks in his element.
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