White Headlines Competition for Snowboarding's US Open

By Jim McCoy Mon 25th February SportsShaun WhiteSnowboarding
Shaun White will defend his halfpipe title this weekend at the U.S. Open snowboarding championships, as the competition moves out west to Vail, Colo., after a 30-year run at various mountains in Vermont. As always, White will be the boarder to beat at the event where he once turned heads as a 7-year-old, when he took a practice run before the big names competed. The freckle-faced kid with fiery red hair put on a dazzling show, too. Fans even asked for his autograph. Not really knowing cursive, he scribbled his name in big, block letters - Shaun White. White says: "First time I signed an autograph." The Olympic gold medalist has certainly perfected his signature over the years, much like his signature tricks in the halfpipe.

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