Interview by :: Russell Holt.
In the second and final part of this interview, Shaun talks about who inspires him to snowboard, questions who is Torstein Horgmo, explains why he compares himself to Tony Hawke and why he’d rather do a straight air than a double Mctwist…
Hailed as the most recognisable action sports figure in history – Shaun White walks a pathway paved with gold. His record breaking X-Games medal count, his back-to-back Olympic gold medals and now his skateboarding success means he garners a cult following with kids from Asia to North America to Scandinavia.
His gold medal winning performance at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in February set a new TV ratings record for the USA’s NBC TV Network – breaking a decade-long dominance by American Idol – and as a result corporate America is falling over itself to associate with the Flying Tomato and Shaun’s life has become a Hollywood dream.
So now at just 24 and with an annual income rumoured to be over US$10 million a year, what Shaun thinks and his ideas of the future of action sports are weighted as heavy as his bank account.
In this 2-part interview Shaun sat down with us to reveal some of what it’s like to be in his shoes and his thoughts on a range of topics affecting snowboarding, skateboarding and action sports.
Thanks to Chris @Burton Snowboards, Jameo @Red Bull, Emily & Georgie @Oakley, Rich @Stylewars and Brian & Jaye @Grenade for their help.