Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Shaun White
Red, White, and gold. Shaun White has racked up awards on SNOWBOARDER's Rider of the Year list 15 times, the second most of all time. Nothing speaks to the respect he holds amongst his snowboarding peers more than that stat. His resumé in the halfpipe is the stuff of legend, and snowboarding has watched him grow up his entire life. Whether it was a head-high McTwist at Mt. Hood, a double McTwist 1260 in Vancouver, a winning run at Stratton, or a 25-foot-plus air in Vail, we have all witnessed great moments in the pipe because of Shaun's otherworldly skill while strapped in.
Those with short memories might also forget his dominance in slopestyle in the early 2000s, earning him four golds back-to-back-to-back-to-back, as well as his three first-place Summer X Games finishes on his skateboard in the vert event. The two-time Olympic gold medalist holds over 20 other gold medals across the X Games, both summer and winter, US Open, and World Cup platforms. If you needed a gold medal count of 21 to legally purchase alcohol, White would either be in a bar by himself or illegally purchasing drinks for the rest of his under-medaled competitors. On-hill and off, he has been one of the most recognized faces in our sport since the BlackBerry was the phone of choice. White has been the cover of Rolling Stone twice, filmed a documentary with the same name as a Beatles album, had a video game franchise named after him, owns his own competition/festival format, and most recently bought part of Mammoth Mountain. That is why he will forever go down as a Mountain GOAT. With every hit, snowboarding holds its collective breath to see what Shaun brings to the table, and until he decides to pass the torch, you can find him at the top of the halfpipe to pay your respects.