From having video games named after him to wracking up a heap of medals in snowboarding and skateboarding events around the world, Shaun White knows a thing or two about success. Here, Men's Fitness catches up with the extreme athlete to find out what he does when he's not conquering the world.
You have a really unique style. What's your favorite piece of clothing that you own?
I love traveling around and picking up new items. I was in Japan and got the worst/best tie-dye Mickey Mouse shirt that has been in heavy rotation. I also just got all my samples for the clothing line I did with Target - I have been wearing the jeans out like crazy. It's hard to find a pair that fit me, especially since I like slim fit jeans, but these are nice.
What are the most played songs on your iPod?
Man, my iPod is like a mash-up of everything I can get my hands on. Lately, I have been branching out and getting into some stuff I didn't know much about. Looking through, I have the Kinks, MIA, New Order, Joy Division, Siouxie and the Banshees, Paul Simon, and some New Bomb Turks. It's all over the place, but really, really good stuff.
What music gets you pumped before a contest?
I really like songs with powerful intros. For some reason, a good intro always gets me ready to drop in. I think it's the anticipation of what's to come - it gets me in the right mindset to do what I need to do.
How do you prepare mentally for contests?
It really happens right before I do my run. I do my practice runs and make sure that my body feels right. Once I get up there, and it's my time to drop in, I just focus on what I need to do. I don't really notice music, crowds, and all the distractions. I just feel my way through the run. I'm really aware of the snow, pipe, and my body.
How do you train when you're not skateboarding/snowboarding?
I try to keep in shape with a workout routine that I have. I have some equipment, but I also have a routine for when I travel. I spend a lot of time in hotels, and they don't always have the most up-to-date equipment. I remember going to this hotel in Europe and the treadmill was from the 1960s. I was running on it, and the whole time I kept thinking how it was just going to explode underneath me.
What's your favorite sport besides skateboarding and snowboarding?
Most of the time I just do what my friends are doing. Sometimes I will surf, or maybe a little backyard Backgammon or some croquet - who knows where the day will take me.