The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

13. Shaun White

Sport: Snowboarder/Skateboarder
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 22x X Games Medalist (14 Gold, 5 Silver, and 3 Bronze) 2 Olympic Gold medals
Shaun White is the quintessential Complex Decade athlete. He won his first X-Games medal six months after our first issue was released. And, ten years later, scored a perfect 100 in the men's Snowboard Superpipe—the first in X-Games history. I guess you could say we've grown up together. The Flying Tomato has picked up where Tony Hawk left off, serving as the Messiah for extreme sports' transformation to the mainstream. Not only dominating the sport but changing it, White's smiled through skating's defiance and turned the underground sport of snowboarding into a commercial success.

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