I know my family and I would always go up to the mountains just for fun. We always skied. Then, all of a sudden, my brother started snow boarding. Older brother thing, I had to do what he was doing. So I started snow boarding.

Shaun White

Shaun White

Profession: Athlete
Nationality: American

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We all started snowboarding in the beginning as a family just to be closer together, go on trips. It was our soccer, but instead of Dad yelling at me from the sideline he is there riding with me and hitting the jumps even before I am hitting them.

You show up at the Olympics, and you're no longer you; you're an American Olympian. You're part of this greater whole, and the individual doesn't matter.

Ask anyone who knows me - I am constantly moving things around in my place.

When I came back to skating, everyone was like 'Oh you're the snowboard guy.'

I couldn't do my homework if my room wasn't clean. And it has carried on now that I am older, in a very freakish way.

Skateboarding is training, but I don't think of it as training. It's fun.

Cement doesn't give as much as snow.

I'm really disappointed at every event if I don't do less than what I wanted to do.

Getting into music has changed my personality and way of doing things. I'm far more open now.

I can't really describe a trick as much as I just feel it.

I can kind of picture what I want to do and my body just does it. You feel your way through a trick. I close my eyes sometimes.

You know the best thing about competition? There's this whole strategy game, and when it all works out its like solving that hard math equation. You finally get the answer and you're so happy.

I'd love to compete in the Summer Olympics.

Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness... it gets your senses to be spot-on and it's also a great way to take my mind off things.