By Alex Shapiro
Shaun White continued his dominance at the Winter X Games as he became the first to win the superpipe competition in back-to-back years last night. It was the snowboarder's second gold of the weekend after winning slopestyle on Saturday afternoon, making him the most-decorated Winter X Games athlete in history, with nine gold medals.
Technically, he may be an athlete, but Shaun is a legit rock star (the jury's still out on Lil Wayne ... ). He travels the world and has millions of fans and even more millions of dollars. He even looks like a rock star, with the long red hair barely kept under control by a headband.
Sunday night, right before he dropped into the pipe for the final run that would win him gold, a bit of Shaun "The Rock Star" White came out. As he peered down the hill, visualizing his tricks, the old-school punk favorite "Bro Hymn" by Pennywise was blasting out of the loudspeakers. Shaun was playing the notes on his air bass as others around him at the top of the hill bobbed their heads along with the beat. If you've never heard the song, it actually sounds like a giant mosh pit. Rapid bass hits coupled with a roomful of "bros" somewhat melodically screaming gives the song a raw quality and a visual image of all these dudes packed in a warehouse going crazy. If this song doesn't make you want to jump off the walls, then nothing will. "Bro Hymn" can be put up there with the greatest pump-up songs in history, and last night it helped White make history.
Last summer, Michael Phelps received a lot of attention as he used his iPod to get himself psyched enough to win a record nine gold medals at the Summer Olympics. His playlist featured tracks by Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Eminem.
What songs do you listen to when you need to get pumped up?