Shaun White

Achievement & Peak Performance, Athletes, Olympians, Success

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Shaun White Profile

  • Best-known for dominating the Men's Halfpipe, Shaun White pushed snowboarding into the mainstream.

  • White is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, whose halfpipe runs have been among the highest-viewed moments of the games.

  • Due to his incredible skill, perseverance, and charisma, White is one of the few winter athletes to become internationally famous outside his sport, having built a personal brand that spans video games, athletic equipment, and fashion.
  • Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White put snowboarding on the map of mainstream culture. The extreme athlete’s daring moves, long red hair, and laid back personality captured the world’s attention at the 2006 Olympics. For the average viewer, White was their introduction to the growing sport of snowboarding and its multiple styles, and it is no coincidence that the year after White’s 2006 halfpipe win, snowboard equipment sales in the U.S. peaked historically.

    White was born with a congenital heart defect, which required him to undergo two surgeries before the age of one. This condition did not deter him from taking up snowboarding at age six. By age 13, he had turned pro, while simultaneously building a competitive record in skateboarding. Due to his versatility, he became the first athlete to medal in both the Winter and Summer X-Games in 2003, when he was just 16.

    With three Olympic golds, White has medaled more than any other snowboarder. He holds the record high score in the halfpipe, for his dramatic final run at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Additionally, he holds the record number of X-game gold medals and overall medals, totaling at 23.

    White has graced the cover of Rolling Stone two times. He’s leveraged his earnings from product endorsements to become one of the wealthiest athletes in winter sports, partnering with companies like Burton Snowboards and Oakley. He has designed and launched his own clothing line for Target and Macy’s, and is heavily involved in philanthropy such as the Boys and Girls’ Club and the Make a Wish Foundation.

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      Legend isn’t often a word bestowed upon someone in his  early 30s, but then again, most 32 -year-olds aren’t Shaun White. Dual-sport professional athlete in snowboarding and skateboarding, 3-time Olympic gold medalist, musician, designer and entrepreneur, White has  catapulted the  world of action sports into popular culture. With a business acumen as lofty as his massive air on the half pipe, audiences will be floored by his personal story and insights into building a lasting and wildly successful global brand.

      With his signature red hair and laid-back personality, Shaun White is best known for his successful career as a professional snowboarder. Shaun was born with a congenital heart defect, which resulted in him having to undergo two heart surgeries before the age of one. Despite these conditions, he became involved with sports like snowboarding at a young age. By the time he was 13, he had already turned pro in snowboarding.

      While Shaun was being lauded as a snowboard prodigy, he was simultaneously turning heads on the skateboard scene. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk  scouted the nine-year-old at a local skatepark and mentored the up-and-comer, helping Shaun turn pro in skateboarding at the age of 17. In 2003, he became the first athlete ever to compete and medal in both the Summer and Winter X Games.

      By the time he won his first Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at 19, he was a household name, matching his intensity on the board with an effortlessly magnetic presence that landed him on the cover of Rolling Stone twice. White won back-to-back gold at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and holds the X Games record for gold medals and highest overall medal count (23). He’s also won 10 ESPY awards for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete.

      Off the board, Shaun has achieved major accomplishments in the business world as well. He has been a valuable brand ambassador for Burton Snowboards, Oakley Inc., Red Bull, Ubisoft, Hewlett-Packard and many more. His clothing lines for Target and Macy’s have been a massive success. He also earned the number two spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of 100 Most Powerful and Marketable Athletes and was ranked 10th among athletes on the Forbes Fab 40: The World’s Most Valuable Sports Brands.

      White is an active supporter of many charitable causes, including St. Jude Children’s Research Center, Target House, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Tony Hawk Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he has personally granted 17 wishes. Shaun White is an inspiration around the world and a prime example of a talented kid who turned his athleticism into an empire.

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    Shaun White's Speech Descriptions

    The world’s greatest snowboarder, Shaun White applies his approaches to goal-setting and success to business leaders and universal audiences. White draws from his experiences both in competition and entrepreneurship to inspire and equip audiences with tools regarding visualization, failure, and persistence. The down-to-earth champion walks audiences through the mindset he uses to master tricks on the slope and illustrates how they can apply the same steps to their own long-term goals and ventures.

    Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success
    • Shaun is known as one of the greatest snowboarders in history, but he had more than his fair share of obstacles. From the uphill battle back from devastating injury to a massive loss at Sochi, Shaun has overcome countless hurdles to achieve his ultimate redemption at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. In this talk, he discusses what it means to embrace risk and demonstrate mental and physical fitness to produce extraordinary results.

    How to Set and Achieve Goals
    • Shaun’s legendary athletic career started out as nothing more than a goal. Shaun discusses how imperative it is to set long-term goals and why it’s the single biggest arbiter of who can produce incredible results. The long-term goal should be the compass you use to make every decision. Every step you take, no matter how small, should move you toward achieving your goal.

    Become a Peak Performer in Your Field
    • Even as a child, Shaun had an absolute sense of certainty that he would be the best snowboarder in the world. That confidence enabled him to accomplish virtually anything, including things that other people saw as impossible. His self-assured mindset combined with his insatiable drive enabled him to beat out his competition time and time again.

    Growing a Global Brand
    • Shaun White has flourished not only in sport but also in business, and he has become a global brand with universal recognition and exposure. Audiences will be floored by his personal story and insights into building a lasting and wildly successful global brand.

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