Shaun White promises to be one of the more engaging personalities of the 2010 Vancouver Games.
There’s a ton of hype around the guy (check out his latest Red Bull ad; Oh yeah, turn down the volume first!). But he comes across as extremely likeable and as someone who doesn’t take himself or his fame too seriously. Canadians appreciate that.
Plus, he’s a gritty competitor. White won the pre-Olympic event in Cypress despite tearing ligaments in his thumb during the event.
Known as the “The Flying Tomato” to many snowboarding devotees, the defending Olympic champion is always pushing the envelope of the sport. Asked what we can expect in February during the Games, he didn’t demur.
“Total chaos,” he said with a big chuckle in a phone interview last week. “I’m not sure, man. I’m excited. I think they’re going to see a pretty wild show. I’m excited to show up with some new tricks that I don’t think anyone has done before and definitely go back and experience it (the Olympics) all over again.”
It would probably be hard to find someone with a better life than White right now. Last week, he was promoting a new skateboarding program – “skatecation” – for the Cayman Islands. White is going to be the the initial guest instructor for the program running from June 8 to Aug. 21 at the Black Pearl, at 60,000 square feet the world’s second largest skatepark.
White does a lot of skateboarding in the summer, but finds it keeps him fresh.
“I completely forget about snowboarding and get into this whole other world then when I come back to it it’s fun again and it’s refreshed in my mind.”
White will be working locals and tourists, including kids as young as 6. He would seem to have a lot to offer.
“I think a lot of kids have the potential to do these tricks and to do new things, but they need that confidence.”
White certainly has it.
Check out on White on his skateboard:
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