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Shaun White busts off a Rolling Stone cover trick

Rolling stone Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn isn't the only Olympic athlete with a standout cover shot.

American snowboard gold medalist Shaun White is on this week's cover of Rolling Stone magazine, sporting his gold medal and something that appears to be a bottle of lighter fluid. At least, that's what I hope it is.

Still, despite its sexual and pyromaniacal undertones, I think the cover captures White perfectly. He's the self-made king of a snowboarding culture that likes to have a good time. He's just wearing little less than we're used to seeing.

But what do you think? Is the cover as good as a "double McTwist" or is it more like half-pipe face plant?

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo credit: Terry Richardson / Rolling Stone

Gary Hall Jr.: Shaun White, Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and other keywords that might drive traffic to my blog

Shaun Shaun White wins!
Judging wasn’t a factor. There’s nobody in the world that even comes close to being as good as Shaun White on a snowboard. No contest, just gravity-defying, mind-boggling aerial maneuvers.
Shani Davis does it again:
He may talk like “Perfessor” Nerd but he skates like King Cool. Shani turned down the chance to appear on Oprah because he needed to stay focused on his training. Turning down the Oprah show has its rewards, like an Olympic gold medal. Shani, your commitment is inspiring.
Lindsey Vonn, profile victim:
First, allow me to say, “Great job, Lindsey!” There was a lot of pressure to live up to and you delivered, making us all proud.
There’s much ado about the injuries that have plagued Vonn, but how much of that is NBC’s profiling efforts?

NBC covered her bruised shin so much I was beginning to believe that she was truly physically challenged. We’ve all had bruises before, and sometimes they do hurt, some, but … it’s a bruise. 

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Shaun White wins gold in men's halfpipe

Defending Olympic gold medalist Shaun White easily won gold again Wednesday, scoring 48.4 points on the second run of the men's halfpipe finals to easily outdistance Peetu Piroinen of Finland.

Piroinen won the silver with a score of 45.0.

Lago won the bronze with a score of 42.8.

Louie Vito of "Dancing with the Stars" fame finished in fifth with a score of 39.4.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

The demigod (dis)advantage for Shaun White

Shaunwhite_250 Shaun White was on my TV set the other night, clowning around. Because that's what he does.

What a great job that guy has. He makes around $10 million a year to skateboard and snowboard, and do whatever else he feels like doing. He does all of that in between flying to exotic locations to skateboard and snowboard and do whatever else he feels like doing. Did I mention that he gets paid about $10 million a year, accompanied by the perks of rock stardom?

Yes, I'm jealous. If you aren't jealous, there's something wrong with you.

In a judged Olympic sport, this demigod status offers an unbelievable advantage over his competitors? I’m asking it as a question.

When Michael Phelps, a demigod of the swimming variety, steps onto the pool deck he has the "demigod advantage" because he's already in the minds of his competitors. If the competition is thinking about Michael Phelps, then they aren't thinking about their race. That's an advantage.

But the influence stops there. The clock doesn't care about demigods, or how much they earn, or the color of their Lamborghini.

But judges are people who are prone to be influenced by such status. No judge will admit it. Of course, they are above that? Again, I'm asking it as a question.

If you believe that all people, snowboard judges too, are familiar with that odd emotion we sometimes refer to as jealousy, then you must concede that it is indeed a powerful and influential emotion.

Is it an emotion or feeling? I don't know.

Jealousy is commonly thought of as a bad thing. We have all seen unchecked jealousy manifest in ugly ways that lead to hate. However, jealousy isn't always bad. I don't hate Shaun White, I think he's probably pretty cool. I'm not in love with him, like NBC, but I would love to be in his shoes and I think that means I'm jealous. And I’m perfectly fine with that.

Jealousy can build up or tear down the stature of its subject. With as much Shaun White coverage as you are about to be force-fed from the good folks in media (all of them, myself now included), it is difficult not to have an opinion on Shaun White. It's even more difficult not to be jealous of him.

A demigod in a judged sport will undoubtedly have its effect. Whether that effect is for better or for worse is for you to judge.

-- Gary Hall, Jr.

Photo: Shaun White addresses the media on Thursday. Credit: Kyle Tereda / US Presswire

Shaun White: Unplugged in Vancouver


Forget the musical guests ready to rock Vancouver at night once the Winter Olympic Games open.

Snowboarder Shaun White apparently is filling the gap with his guitar in the Athletes' Village

"I haven't heard him sing, but he definitely likes to rip his guitar -- he brought his amp out here," Olympic teammate Louie Vito said after the formal news conference at the Main Press Center on Thursday. "We're working on some songs, blaring in the courtyard.

"He's gonna work on getting the whole national anthem tonight, so we can play it tomorrow to wake everybody up."

Waking up the village is one thing.

But White has managed to stir and push the sport, almost by himself, with his array of tricks, most recently the Double McTwist 1260.

"Well, you know I call him the Mike Jordan of boarding," said another Olympic snowboarding teammate, Scotty Lago. "He's the best of the best. I'm proud to be on the team with him, for sure. We grew up riding together.

"I just have a lot of respect for him. But I don't worship him."

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Bring on the halfpipe! Double corks debated

Olympic tension ... what's that?

The U.S. halfpipe team doesn't second, or recognize, that emotion.

"Picabo Street spoke to us (Wednesday) when we were getting ready and she mentioning coming and just really enjoying the experience," Gretchen Bleiler said. "That's one thing a lot of competitors have trouble doing at the Olympics.

"And she looked over at our halfpipe team, 'I'm not really talking to you guys, actually. I'm talking to these guys over here because we know you're going to have fun.' "

Shaun White was asked about the furor over double corks, as some media types have suggested that they should be banned from competition.

"Being the guy that had a big hand in inventing these tricks ... I would say that's outrageous," White said, laughing. "Who said that? It's tough to say. Obviously there's been injuries that have happened that are very close to us and it's just under a magnifying glass right now because of the Olympics.

"When you get an injury, somebody goes down and there's some big crashes, it really shocks people. I think I can speak for everyone saying, that's just a part of what we do. We fall, get back up and try it again."

-- Lisa Dillman, reporting from Vancouver, Canada

Which Winter Olympic athlete earns the most?

So who's worth the most gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics? Well, let's have a look at those endorsement contracts...

Forbes magazine released its list of the top-earning athletes of the 2010 Winter Olympics and guess who's No. 1?

It's actually a tie between American snowboarder Shaun White and South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na, who both raked in $8 million last year, according to Forbes.

Here's the earnings breakdown:

1. Shaun White (USA)$8 million
1. Kim Yu-Na (South Korea)$8 million
3. Lindsey Vonn (USA)$3 million
4. Ted Ligety (USA)$2 million
5. Apolo Anton Ohno (USA)$1.5 million
6. Bode Miller (USA)$1.3 million
7. Gretcher Bleiler (USA)$1 million
7. Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)$1 million
7. Hannah Teter (USA)$1 million
7. Maria Riesch (Germany)$ 1 million

-- Austin Knoblauch


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