Olympic gold medalist Shaun White takes risks in his career on and off the mountain


Two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White has achieved great success in his career as a snowboarder and musician, but he did not get to where he is today without taking a few risks.


In 2005 the California native was featured in a documentary film called “First Decent” alongside other famous snowboarders. In the film the athletes discuss the sport’s history and challenges as they prepare to tackle the mountains of Alaska, many of which have never before been braved.

White explains the exhilarating and nervous feeling of taking the first decent down a mountain. The paths have never been ridden therefore the chances of avalanches or fast snow are high.

Being the first to ride down this mountain in the Alaskan wilderness is only one of the many exciting things that White has achieved in his career.

Alongside having two Olympic gold medals, White holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and has won 10 ESPY awards.

He also plays the guitar for electric rock band Bad Things. The band played in one of the four Saturday headlining slots at the 2013 Lollapalooza festival, as a last minute replacement for Death Grips.

To learn more about White’s first decent and his snowboarding career tune into this weeks episode of California Life with Heather Dawson or watch the video below.