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Biography assessment rating comment[edit]

The article may be improved by following the WikiProject Biography 11 easy steps to producing at least a B article. This page should Cite sourcesthroughout article. Withsome citations, and infobox could probably progress to B class. -- SriMesh | talk 05:37, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

The future looks bright for this young Olympian[edit]

An anon added this section, it's unsourced speculation that seems entirely inappropriate. I removed it. Grandmasterka 05:31, 21 March 2006 (UTC) Shaun White started Carson OWNS 16 May 2006 (UTC) -Shaunluvr

timeline issues[edit]

the article says "White first started snowboarding at age six in 1986" but it also claims he was born in 1986. what is the deal?--Geedubber 23:49, 7 April 2006 (UTC)

Snowboarding Career cleanup[edit]

This section contradicts itself several times. One example is that White's mother put him on a snowboard to slow him down when he was apparently taking snowboard lessons from his father already. It also doesn't clearly state anything, a lot of the language is non-specific (he turned pro at skateboarding, but it didn't say at what age for example, and it seems to say that he turned pro at skateboarding at age 6 if you read it wrong).

2010 Winter Olympics ON Febuary 17, Shaun White won the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for mens half pipe snowboarding —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:35, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Also nothing is cited.

-- 02:02, 25 May 2006 (UTC)

also, it states - Shaun went pro in 2003 at the age of 17, and won his first pro contest in 2002 at the Panasonic Open in Louisville, KY (the 1st stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour). - how can he win a pro comp in 2002 yet turn pro in 2003? which is it, 2002, 2003? or is this normal and i'm clueless? if normal, maybe this should be stated for those not in the know, like myself... or is it just plain wrong? (talk) 16:18, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

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article def needs a picture —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:36, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Contradictory information?[edit]

The article states "On 2009-01-25, Shaun became the second competitor, after Tanner Hall, to win a gold medal in the Superpipe in consecutive years at the Winter X Games". But, in the "Achievements, recognition and popular culture" section, it states "He is the first snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals in the Winter X-Games Superpipe." Am I missing something, or is this a direct contradiction? JoelWhy 2:59, 6 May 2009

Edit request on 18 February 2010[edit]

The article says his score on the final run at the Olympics in 2010 was 49.5, but it was 48.4. I don't know how many points higher that was than the next closest competitor, but I don't think it was 7 points as I remember someone score 45 something. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:24, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

For peat's sake [sic][edit]

This article contains a three-peat and a four-peat. Please tell me these abominations of word-manglery haven't been accepted into common usage. --Snograt talk here 05:29, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

"Threepeat" isn't too uncommon in certain sports, if it's about something big like winning a championship. I don't think it, nor any other -peat (other than repeat, of course) is Wikipedia-appropriate, despite slang usage. (talk) 07:29, 17 May 2011 (UTC)

Medal history[edit]

I see that most of White's medal history has been removed with the comment "Removed insignificant medals that was crowding up the page". I would like to point out that medals in especially the X-games but also as the overall winner of the FIS world cup are not classed as insignificant. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:00, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Wow. I agree. For all the vandalism that has occurred throughout the Olympics, Philipmj24, an apparently overzealous user decides to come in and completely bastardize this article. This is just beyond me. The amount of medals White has won is what defines his celebrity. And now this page ONLY reflects his Olympic performances. No doubt the changes were made because one is uninformed of the importance of the X-Games and how they define Shaun White. Good thing this article is protected. Too bad established users are doing the most damage right now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:33, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Gentlemen, I welcome the criticisms of my edits. In my attempt to improve this page before his Olympic win, I may of rushed some of my edits. The reason I removed the medals is because, on an international scene, the X-Games arn't that widely known. I live in America and a rarely hear any news on the X-Games. I stand by my edits, however, I can see how this would make some people upset. I believe the medal table should only be used for globally known competitions. Not for a annual competition hosted by ESPN.Philipmj24 (talk) 18:48, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

That is a ludicrous assertion. Just because you yourself rarely hear of the X-Games doesn't mean that they aren't a major, significant, and even international and hugely popular event. A large number of X-Games participants and medalists are from outside the U.S. and many go on to compete in the Olympics. In fact the X-Games have been a major factor in advancing the sport Shaun White is famous for. If you had read the Wikipedia article on the X-Games, you'd learn that there are X-Games events and demos around the world. Regardless, even if the X-Games were more U.S. centric, that doesn't mean they aren't significant on Wikipedia. You'll notice X-Games medal records are included in the pages of other athletes on Wikipedia. In your effort to force your own viewpoint on this article, you rashly removed a large amount of significant work others have put into this article. I would also argue that most people who visit this article want to learn about White's entire career, not just the Olympics, and his medal record is one thing that I personally have been most interested in lately. You can imagine my surprise to come back and see the entire section deleted. That's why I was a bit flustered myself. It's appropriate to clean up the medal record, and I very much applaud your positive efforts on this article, but to delete almost the entire medal history? More prudence in deleting others' edits might prevent angering other Wikipedia users like this. Gorgalore (talk) 20:02, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

I concur. The X-games is widely known around the world and one of the most broadcast sporting events outside of the mainstream sports. There is no reason to question that. It is a sporting event that is broadcast in over 200 countries and anyone with even the slightest interest in extreme sports is familiar with it. Also the overall winner of the FIS-worldcup can not be classed as minor, I think that speaks for itself.

Philipmj24: I like the way you've solved it now with the ability to hide/show the medals. However I think that only the olympic and x-games medals should be shown in the column on the right (X-games being the unofficial world championships of extreme sports). It is also my personnal opinion that the overall wins of the FIS world cup should be mentioned here, but that can be discussed.

The rest of the medal history is not held in such high regard and may be considered minor. However, it is a vital part of the biography of this person and should not be neglected. I believe that an own section of his competitive records would be a better way to display the rest of his achievements - do you agree? 7R (talk) 02:47, 19 February 2010 (UTC)


Ok, the article contradicts itself so many times plus there no way he's only 24 right? Wasn't he in those 1-800-collect commercials back in the day. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:29, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

That would be Carrot Top. Alanraywiki (talk) 00:19, 24 March 2010 (UTC)


I added a higher quality image. Wasn't sure if I should use it for the infobox image or elsewhere in the article. Feel free to move it, as necessary. MahangaTalk 04:51, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

  • I've been watching this page afetr he won gold the first pic with Mr.Branson was ok, I liked the croped one also but this one is better, good job ! Mlpearc MESSAGE 05:00, 9 March 2010 (UTC)
The pic with branson was raised at the BLP noticeboard, as guilt by association, pics in infoboxes with another person type issue. I have replaced the cropped pic, it is the newest and most correct as a portrait as per mos. Off2riorob (talk) 12:27, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Very good did'nt look at that aspect, Thanx Mlpearc MESSAGE 20:13, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Ok. You still could've left the other image in the article. MahangaTalk
Is this article really worthy of two pics of the subject? It's like the same guy in a red shirt, I have shrunk the pic a fair bit. Off2riorob (talk) 23:02, 12 March 2010 (UTC)
After consideration I have moved and edited, please see if you prefer this position and comment, thanks. Off2riorob (talk) 00:19, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

media appearances[edit]

maybe a word about his appearances in late show, ellen degeneres or rachael ray? full list on imdb... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:33, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from, 28 January 2011[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}}

I think a skateboard career history should be added. Right now, the only information on his skateboarding career is in the "snowboarding career" section, which seems a bit odd. As is already seen in the list of his medals, he's earned several medals in skateboarding. Although it is not as significant as his snowboarding career, he's definitely a very significant figure in skateboarding, earning a medal as recently as 2010. There is a bit of information in his official bio, here as well as throughout the internet. XGames reports would definitely have information.

Update- Well at least move most of the beginning of the snowboarding career paragraph... "White's skateboard career took place during the same time he was rising through the snowboard ranks. White quickly drew the eyes of many in the skateboarder scene including professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. At this point Hawk befriended the nine-year-old White at a local skatepark and mentored him, helping him turn pro in skateboarding at the age of 17. White has gone on to win many titles on his skateboard..." has barely any mention of his snowboard career, besides that it took place at the same time as the skateboarding career they're talking about. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:36, 31 January 2011 (UTC) (talk) 20:09, 28 January 2011 (UTC)

Please be specific as regards any edit requests. Off2riorob (talk) 20:17, 28 January 2011 (UTC)


White has had a sponsor since he was seven years old. White signed with CAA Sports for representation after working with IMG for eight years.[16] Corporate endorsement deals include Burton Snowboards, Oakley Inc., BFGoodrich Tires, Park City Mountain Resort, Target Corporation and Ubisoft. White also has video games Shaun White Snowboarding and Shaun White Skateboarding. In 2009, Forbes magazine estimated that he had earned $9 million from his endorsements in 2008. [17] In January 2011 White was named the #2 most powerful and marketable athlete in the country by Bloombgerg's [1]

1. “Tiger Woods No Longer Most Powerful U.S. Athlete,”, January 27, 2011,  — Preceding unsigned comment added by RubyRoy (talkcontribs) 02:16, 8 March 2011 (UTC) 

Edit request from Jshisler79, 31 July 2011[edit]

Update Skateboarding medals to add 2011 X-Games Gold Medal. Jshisler79 (talk) 23:18, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Done Jnorton7558 (talk) 05:24, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Edit request on 30 January 2012[edit]



At Winter X, White became the first person to score a perfect 100 in the men's Snowboard Superpipe in the history of Winter X Games.


At Winter X, White became the first person to score a perfect 100 in the men's Snowboard Superpipe in the history of Winter X Games.

Dcwills (talk) 06:27, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks. For future clarity, consider mentioning when changing piping, as it isn't immediately obvious. Dru of Id (talk) 10:31, 30 January 2012 (UTC)

2012 Winter X Games medal update[edit]

He reached the perfect score of 100 in Superpipe, but that also gained him a gold medal. Update this please. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lars2TheV (talkcontribs) 17:27, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 27 March 2012[edit]

there is a mistake on how many surgeries he had before the age of five he had two before the age of five not one

Alonso damian sodari (talk) 23:29, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. No source provided for the change. Keith D (talk) 23:55, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Incorrect date on arrest[edit]

He was arrested on Monday, 9/17/12, not Tuesday, 9/18/12, as written.[1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Our gaffes (talkcontribs) 13:42, 18 September 2012‎

  1. ^ Loller, Travis. "Author". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9/18/2012. 
I believe that "Retrieved" is when the source was first cited on Wikipedia, not when he was arrested. (To make a second point, the article points more towards Sunday as the date he was arrested than Monday. "...Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2 a.m. Sunday...") Super Goku V (talk) 01:59, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
No, it clearly states Monday:

A spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital said White was treated there and released on Monday before being arrested and booked by police.

Regarding dates - |date= is for the date of publication; |accessdate= is for the date that the source was checked prior to adding to Wikipedia; and dates formatted like 9/18/12 or 9/18/2012 are both forbidden by WP:DATESNO - they should be September 18, 2012 or similar. So, here we would put something like "arrested on Monday September 17, 2012[1]"
  1. ^ Loller, Travis (September 17, 2012). "Shaun White Arrest: Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Charged With Public Intoxication, Vandalism". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
note how I've amended some parameters of the citation - for example, |title=Author is both incorrect and meaningless. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:35, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
I have changed the date to September 17 per this request. —KuyaBriBriTalk 14:57, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 16 January 2013[edit]

Tinjr (talk) 09:51, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Not done: He probably did. I have no reason to not believe you. But you'll need a reference for it. -Nathan Johnson (talk) 16:59, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 14 June 2013[edit]

Under the header "Endorsements," we'd like to replace the current entire paragraph with this new paragraph: "Actively involved in everything he does, Shaun takes a central role in each of his partnerships from the design of specific products, to the marketing of his brand. Essential to the development of the Shaun White style, Shaun collaborates closely with his brother Jesse White, who is the Creative Director of Shaun White Enterprises." Swe715 (talk) 22:21, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done. Wikipeida is not a promotion channel.
The proposed replacement removes validly sourced material and replaces it with an unsourced PR puff piece devoid of any real content. Neutral, relevant facts only, please. ~Amatulić (talk) 23:46, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 14 June 2013[edit]

At the very top, we currently have "Shaun Roger White' (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. We'd like to replace this introduction with this new and updated paragraph: Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional skateboarder and snowboarder. White maintains some of the highest accolades in skateboarding and snowboarding. Shaun has amassed numerous titles and victories, most notably gold medaling in both the 2006 & 2010 Winter Olympics. He holds the X-Games records for gold medals and highest overall medal count, and has won 10 ESPY awards.[1] Swe715 (talk) 22:48, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, partly. See, this is why we don't allow PR representatives to edit articles. The non-neutral language and puffery in the above suggestion should be obvious. I have modified the lead paragraph to add the only encyclopedically relevant fact offered in this suggestion, which is the last sentence proposed. ~Amatulić (talk) 23:42, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 19 June 2013[edit]

We would like to add a Philanthropy section as Section 7. Personal Life would be moved to Section 8, See Also moved to Section 9, References would be Section 10, and External Links would be Section 11. Under the Philanthropy heading, the text would be: "Shaun supports St. Jude Children's Research HospitalCite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). Swe715 (talk) 18:52, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

No problem. It's easy to insert a new section before "Personal life", but you should first propose the content of that section including verifiable, reliable sources. ~Amatulić (talk) 18:56, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 December 2013[edit]

Shaun White finished third (3), at World Cup slopestyle 2013 in Copper Mountain USA. The men's final took place on 21 december 2013.

{{MedalBronzeWorld Cup 2013 Copper Mountain |Slopestyle}}

Denny-D4N3 (talk) 19:59, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. De728631 (talk) 23:13, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 26 January 2014[edit] (talk) 03:41, 26 January 2014 (UTC) In The text, the medal count is incorrect. He has 13 winter x games golds. This adds up to a total of 18, not 15.

Yes check.svg Done Funandtrvl (talk) 22:34, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 1 February 2014[edit]

Change Bad Things to Bad Things (band) Xatlasm (talk) 14:09, 1 February 2014 (UTC) Xatlasm (talk) 14:09, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Done Thanks for reporting the problem, I have made the change. Keith D (talk) 14:17, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 17 February 2014[edit]

Shaun & Jesse's appearance on Extreme Makeover Home Edition should be included in the media section: It was one of my favorite episodes and definitely worth noting on his Wiki page! (talk) 17:09, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Done Cannolis (talk) 17:36, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).