Shaun White Deserves All Praise Received in Vancouver at 2010 Olympics

Isaiah JensenContributor IFebruary 18, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 17:  Shaun White the United States competes in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe on day six of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Cypress Snowboard & Ski-Cross Stadium on February 17, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Shaun White has once again proved to the world that he does belong to be on the world’s biggest stage.  During this year’s winter games, White won another gold medal while competing in the snowboarding portion of the Olympics. 

Not only did the White win, but he completely destroyed his competition.  He performed so well that because he went very last, he had already won his gold medal after just his first run.  While everyone else had already completed both their first and second runs, Shaun White already had them beat with just his first run. 

So although White could have just gone straight down and still receive his gold medal, White decided to go off the wall with tricks that have never been seen before.  On his second and final run, Shaun White busted out his 1260 McTwist to end his final run.  This was the most shocking trick that anyone has ever seen in snowboarding history and it earned him a score of 48.4.  Needless to say Shaun White shocked the crowd, his opponents, and everyone in America; and again, White went home with another gold medal. 

The question that people have been asking is does Shaun White have an unfair advantage over is competition?  I personally am tired of all the crap that White gets criticized for simply because he has done well for himself. 

Not only does White have his natural athletic ability over his competitors, but he also has a training facility located in Colorado.  Shaun White has achieved this training facility because he is sponsored by Red Bull.  People are complaining that White is given too much of an advantage by having such a facility. 

Now my problem is that people don’t understand that White has earned his sponsorship, and he has earned everything that he has today.  I’m tired of people complaining he has too many advantages.  Shaun White worked his butt off to get to where he is today.  The gold medals that he has received are all earned.  Shaun White put himself into the successful life that he has today; and no one should try to take that away from him. 

I agree that yes no other snowboarder will be able to compete with him because of where he is now today.  However, it is Shaun White who has worked hard and put himself in this position to be king of the entire snowboarding world.