Shaun White- The Greatest Multi-Sport Athlete of All Time

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I know, I know.

I already know the arguments.

Jim Brown, Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, and of course Jim Thorpe.

A lot of ball focused sports there and I am not knocking that, I come from those sports, played them for years. I also grew up skiing and snowboarding and trying to skateboard, they all have special places in my heart. But the question is on the table.

Who Is The Greatest Multi-Sport Athlete of All Time?

My answer.  Shaun White

My Case:

Snowboarding

  • Complete domination of Snowboarding for the last 10 years
  • Winning nearly every X-Game Metal available (multiple times over)
  • Winner of the Gold Metal at the Olympics
  • Dominating Tour Events
  • Still innovating with new tricks that no one else can even do

Skateboarding

  • Multiple time X-Game Gold Medalist
  • Multiple time Tour Champion both Vert & Street
  • Integral in taking skateboarding to the world, a true pioneer

It is my contention that Shaun white has done more for his 2 sports than any other 2 sport athlete of all time.  In terms of domination of performance, his track record speaks for itself.  In terms of progression, no one has pushed their sports harder or further than Shaun.  Still going bigger and higher, with tricks that the rest of the world won’t even try, Shaun is still on top.  In terms of being a brand ambassador, Shaun is loved all over the world and has put snowboarding and skateboarding on the map and taken it to levels that even Jake Burton and Tony Hawk could never have dreamed, and guess what, they both love him too.

I am sorry but no other athlete has had that impact on 2 sports.  1 maybe, but not 2.  Maybe they could perform at a high level but they did not dominate and push progression and become world known for both of their sports, no, that’s Shaun’s legacy.

And again, yes i know the arguments, “Well he’s playing around and these guys are out there getting beat up every day.”  Are you serious, have you ever been on a snowboard or skateboard?  You hit the ground.  Hard and repeatedly, and its not grass, its concrete, or ice.  I am just saying if you can show me a harder hit than the one Shaun took in warmups before he went back up top to win the X-Games Superpipe Gold (2:25 in the video below), I will make you dinner.

So there it is, thats my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

If you agree, let me know, if you disagree, definitely let me know in the comments below.

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Here is a short list of a few of Shauns victories over the years:

2011

  • 1st Winter X Games Superpipe – Gold
  • 1st Summer X Games Vert – GOLD
  • Shaun White Skateboarding (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC)

2010

  • 1st Gold Medal 2010 Winter Olympic Halfpipe,
  • 1st USSA Grand Prix Finals
  • 2nd USSA Grand Prix #3
  • 1st USSA Grand Prix #2
  • 1st USSA Grand Prix #1
  • 1st Dew Tour Skateboarding Vert – Wendy’s Invitational
  • 1st Dew Tour Skateboarding Vert Championships
  • 2nd Summer X Games Vert
  • Shaun White Skateboarding (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC)

2009

  • 1st Dew Tour Northstar Superpipe
  • 1st Dew Tour Northstar Slopestyle
  • 1st Dew Tour Mt Snow Superpipe
  • 1st Dew Tour Mt Snow Slopestyle
  • Winter X Superpipe: GOLD!
  • Snowboarding Grand Prix GOLD!
  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #1 Breckenridge,
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage (Wii only)
  • Spike Award : Chariman of the Board

2008

  • 1st Summer Dew Tour Champion Vert
  • Winter X Superpipe: GOLD!
  • Winter X Slopestyle: Bronze
  • Burton European Open Slopestyle 1st
  • Burton European Open Superpipe 2nd
  • Burton European Open Overall Champ
  • 2nd TTR World Snowboard Tour Record
  • Shaun White Snowboarding (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (Wii)

2007

  • Burton Global Open Champion ’07
  • TTR World Tour Champion ’07
  • Olympic Gold Medalist, halfpipe, 2006 Winter Games
  • Six Winter X Games gold medals (4-peat in Slopestyle)
  • Undefeated in 2005-2006 (12 snowboard victories)
  • First person to win a gold medal at both Summer and Winter X Games
  • First to sweep snowboard Grand Prix halfpipe season
  • Three ESPY Awards
  • Two-time Most Outstanding Athlete of Winter X Games
  • Silver medalist, skateboard, Summer X Games (2005)
  • ’07 AST Skate Vert Champion
  • Transworld Snowboarding Rider of the Year
  • Snowboarder Magazine Top Ten Rider of the Year: (Read the story)

2006

  • 1st Dew Tour Skateboarding Vert-Rightgaurd Open
  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #3 Mt. Bachelor OR,
  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #4 New Jersey,
  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #5 New Jersey,
  • 1st Honda Session Rail Jam, 1st Honda Session Slopestyle,
  • 1st Winter X-Games Halfpipe,
  • 1st Winter X-Games Slopestyle,
  • 1st Gold Medal 2006 Olympics Halfpipe,
  • 1st US Open Slopestyle and 1st US Open Halfpipe.

2005

  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #1 Breckenridge,
  • 1st Chevy Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier #2 Breckenridge,
  • 1st Dew Tour Skateboarding Vert-Panasonic Open
  • 1st Innsbruck Air and Style
  • 1st Honda Session-At-Vail Slopestyle,
  • 1st Honda Session-At-Vail Rail Jam
  • 1st Winter X-Games Slopestyle,
  • 1st Nippon Open Halfpipe
  • 1st FIS World Cup Lake Placid.

2004

  • 1st Innsbruck Air and Style,
  • 1st Honda Session-At-Vail Slopestyle,
  • 1st Honda Session-At-Vail Rail Jam
  • 1st Winter X-Games Slopestyle.

2003

  • 1st Winter X-Games Halfpipe
  • 1st Winter X-Games Slopestyle
  • 1st Global X-Games Halfpipe
  • 1st Bear Mountain Vans Triple Crown Halfpipe
  • 1st Bear Mountain Vans Triple Crown Slopestyle
  • 1st Phillips US Open Slopestyle
  • 1st Session At Vail Slopestyle
  • 1st Session At Vail Jib Jam
  • 1st Artic Challenge Slopestyle
  • 1st Nippon Open.

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A former Inc. 100 corporate finance manager turned Adventure Capitalist, Mat now travels the world in search of warm water, big waves and powder snow. A firm believer in one's ability to change their reality, only several years ago, Mat found himself burnt out in the business world at a young age. Although successful, he remained unsatisfied. He left his... Read More

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