Sean White and Snowboarding

1280 WordsJun 25, 20186 Pages
Throughout time, the progression and evolution of snowboarding has increased greatly. It has gone from non existence in the late 1970’s, to one of the most watched action sports in a matter of thirty-five years. The upward takeoff and popularity of snowboarding relies on two people, Jake Burton and Shaun White. Jake Burton back in 1977 had the vision for what snowboarding would be, but Shaun White had what it took to manifest that vision. Evidence has shown that time brings change in sports, history has repeated itself with snowboarding, this history reflects the time & changes that has occurred in America. Snowboarding started as one single brand, Burton. Jake Burton, literally the inventor of snowboarding, was the first to set the bar…show more content…
Deep in Colorado backcountry, the 2009 mission was no simple task. According to HuffingtonPost, “The "one-of-a-kind" superpipe spans 550 feet and is situated in a 12,000-foot mountain. Shaun White's web site says that the superpipe's construction required "30 heli-bomb dropped avalanches" and "8,000 lbs of steel."” (HuffingtonPost, 2010). The cost of the 20 million gallons of water used to build the pipe alone is estimated at a near $100,000, just giving you a glimpse of the total price. For the 2013 project, GoPro and SnowPark Technologies teamed up this time on a strip of secluded locale in the backside of Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales, Australia. The sole purpose of these secluded training locations for Shaun was to take a set of tricks that have never been seen, and bring them to life. By doing so, he can have that extra step on the other riders going into the Olympics. During the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games, Shaun was under pressure to repeat another gold medal after much time passing from Torino Olympic games. Fresh off his recent training in his private Colorado course, he was ready to prove once again he was the best. After posting a 46.8 out of 50 on his first run, he had achieved a high enough score to ensure gold without a second run needed. A victory lap was taken in the second run with the double mctwist 1260 later named the Tomahawk featured at the end of the lap (HuffingtonPost, 2010). Once again Shaun White fulfilled his

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