Shaun White has accomplished nearly everything in snowboarding - two Olympic gold medals, half-dozen X Games - making him the most recognizable action sport athlete on the planet. In the year leading up to Sochi, White turned a corner in his career - both on and off the mountain. After cutting his hair for charity, White started 2013 with a clean look for the U.S. Grand Prix. Later that summer, his newly formed band, Bad Things, played Lollapalooza. White, who's become known among his fellow snowboarders as someone who likes to ride alone, was in the spotlight for his "private" course in Australia. White ended the year on a bittersweet note as he began his quest for a third Olympics, reaching the podium in the first two selection events, but neither was a first place finish. He came away with re-injuring the ankle he hurt in New Zealand. Now that the Winter Olympics are upon us, White can put all of this behind him and look to making history. The 27-year-old is attempting to become the first American man to win a gold medal in the same event in three consecutive Winter Games. He's also attempting to win a gold in the new slopestyle event.
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No more "Flying Tomato"
In December, 2012, White chopped off his trademark flaming red hair, donating it to Locks for Love. Here he takes a photo with a fan at the 2013 Winter X Games in January, 2013.
The new 'do
The new, cleaner look is a departure from his signature red hair, which earned him the nickname "Flying Tomato" earlier in his career.
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Call him Mr. X
White won his sixth consecutive gold medal in the superpipe event at the 2013 Winter X Games.
White reached the top of the podium after winning the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup at the U.S. Grand Prix at Park City Mountain on February 1, 2013 in Park City, Utah.
White becomes a 'Bad' boy
White performed with his band Bad Things during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.