You can't have his lucrative endorsement deals or his talent that has garnered a wealth of accolades and medals, but thanks to a camera affixed to his helmet, you can get a sense of how nauseating it must be for Shaun White to pull off one of his many aerial maneuvers.
When you are a two-time half-pipe Olympic gold medalist, you do everything in your power to stay on top of the sport.
Snow Park Technologies' Frank Wells and coach Bud Keene crafted a perfect half-pipe to carve with new tricks. One maneuver we get to see from just about every angle is the double cork 1440.
Fortunately, we get to see White fly above the winter wonderland from his very own vantage point—a wonderful view that will enthrall and quite possibly nauseate.
The footage is enough to keep us entertained for a brief moment as we wait patiently for opening ceremonies. However, the twisting and turning at two minutes, 30 seconds is far more than a visual curio. It's actually vital information forWhite and his team.
The footage that I'm getting on the camera, I can then look at it later as a training tool to look and see what I did wrong in my run, what I can improve on. And then I can adjust there on the spot, on the mountain.
The one thing we have come to expect from White is no less than bigger and badder. Whether it's the Olympics or the Winter X Games, we get used to seeing perfection slide down the hill.
The not-so-obvious sentiment is behind the hard work is a crack team that is dedicated to building a beautiful "rough draft" of Sochi. From there, the insane, gravity-defying acts are captured and examined almost immediately.
White has this sport which is infused with so much aesthetic beauty, down to a science, which should lead to more glittering gold in the near future.
All of this is to say that capturing a day at the office is far more interesting when White is the one doing the recording.
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