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Shaun White: 10 things you didn’t know about the snowboarding star

He’s named after South African pro surfer Shaun Tomson. Like White, Tomson also ventured into a number of other pursuits, including acting and writing.

Shaun White: 10 things you didn't know about the snowboarding star

Shaun White has long been one of the most recognizable faces of those competing for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Once known for his mop of cascading red locks — earning him the nickname, The Flying Tomato, which he tired of in 2010 — White has adopted a more clean cut look for his fourth Olympic Games.

The two-time gold medalist will look for a third after a disappointing fourth place finish in Sochi in 2014.