Shaun White
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Shaun White is known as the Flying Tomato, the Animal, the undisputed master of the halfpipe and one of the superstars of the Olympic Games. Shaun first hit the slopes at age 6, turning pro at 13. After years of trouncing competitors twice his age, Shaun won his first gold medal in Torino in 2006.

In a gravity-defying performance in Vancouver, the 23-year-old scored his second gold medal. "What's special about the medals is it's all cut from one big piece," he says. "They're all connected, so it makes a big picture when you put them all together."