Purchase, NY — August 12, 2003 — What happens when the biggest up-and-coming star in action sports joins forces with one of the biggest and longest standing sponsors in the industry? As Mountain Dew proudly announces the signing of snowboard / skateboard superstar Shaun White, the world is about to find out.
At only sixteen years of age, Shaun White is arguably the top snowboarder on the planet today and has the potential to earn the same title in the skateboarding world in the very near future. Shaun’s participation in this year’s Summer X Games is unprecedented as he is the first action sports athlete to ever qualify to compete in unique events at both the Summer and Winter X Games. Born, raised and currently residing in San Diego, CA, Shaun’s natural charisma and incredible athletic prowess has quickly propelled him to the top of the podium on countless occasions as well as into the forefront of the media spotlight. According to USA Today, Shaun’s achievements both on and off his board have positioned him to become “the next Tony Hawk. The future of action sports has arrived, and Mountain Dew is very excited to stand behind Shaun White as he pushes snowboarding and skateboarding to unforeseen levels.
“We could not be more excited to announce Shaun as the newest member of the Mountain Dew team, proclaims Heidi Sandreuter, Mountain Dew Marketing Manager. “He epitomizes everything Mountain Dew stands for because he pushes the limits in everything he does.
Shaun will make his debut as a Mountain Dew athlete at the upcoming 2003 Summer X Games IX in Los Angeles, CA, as he goes for top honors in the Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Vert Best Trick competitions. After already taking home two gold medals at the 2003 Winter X Games, he is poised to re-write the record books as he embarks on his first Summer X Games experience.
“I like Mountain Dew because they have been backing action sports from the beginning, says Shaun. “I wanted to go with a company that everybody knows and likes. For me, Mountain Dew was the answer.
Shaun White’s accomplishments to date are absolutely astounding. Highlights include:
• In 2003, became the first action sports athlete to ever qualify to compete in unique contests at both the Summer and Winter X Games.
• Won ESPN ESPY Award for 2003 Action Sports Athlete of the Year.
• 1st Place 2003 Winter X Games — Halfpipe and Slopestyle.
• 1st Place 2003 U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships — Slopestyle.
• 1st Place 2003 Global X Games — Halfpipe (Snowboarding).
• 1st Place 2002 Arctic Challenge.
• Alternate on 2002 U.S. Winter Olympic Team.
• 4th Place 2003 Slam City Jam — Vert (Skateboarding)
• Subject of feature stories in ESPN the Magazine, USA Today and Sports Illustrated.
In addition to Shaun, a number of Mountain Dew’s other elite action sports athletes will compete at the 2003 Summer X Games, including: Rune Glifberg (Skateboard Vert & Vert Doubles), Pat Channita (Skateboard Park), Carey Hart (Moto-X Big Air), Jeremy Fanberg (BMX Vert), Chad Kagy (BMX Park & Vert), Allan Cooke (BMX Dirt) and Fabiola Da Silva (Inline Park).