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Shaun White's in His Own World

New York Magazine

It’s gotten to the point where Shaun White, the 23-year-old embodiment of youth-culture marketing potential—not to mention two-time Olympic gold medalist—has to sit with his back to the door in restaurants. Right after his win in Vancouver, he began his media-adoration victory lap, which culminated in a miserable-looking appearance at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell. “I don’t think you could turn on a TV without seeing me,” he says. Now he’s at Pastis, waiting for me, hiding behind that long red hair, thinking perhaps I’d mistake a similarly carrot-topped woman sitting nearby for him. “Once I was in a bathroom washing my hands,” he says, “and this guy walked in and was like,...

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