Shaun White—USA from Buzzworthy Olympic Athletes

Buzzworthy Olympic Athletes

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Shaun White—USA

Easily one of the best snowboarders to date, Shaun White has a larger-than-life reputation to live up to. 14 X Games gold medals, 2 Olympic gold medals and a slew of other accomplishments, both on and off the snow, have set lofty expectations. Expectations that are proving difficult to live up to: during his first run in an Olympic slopestyle qualifier he fell face-first while attempting a double flip. After a minute and some attention from medical staff, he was able to get down the mountain by himself. His second run was unsuccessful as well. He finished last in a competition of 13 total riders, but still managed to make the US Olympic team. He qualified for two events: halfpipe, where he’ll be looking for his third Olympic gold and slopestyle, which is a new Olympic event. Despite his rocky performance recently, he is expected to perform well at Sochi.