Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Shaun Palmer, Snowboard Icon still on Top

Posted on May 4, 2016
Filed Under Ski Culture, Tahoe-Truckee Profiles

2133422985_a1ff940199.JPGHe has nine Winter X Games gold medals in four different disciplines, six in snowboardcross, and was also the 2001 ESPY Action Sports Athlete of the Year.

Meet Shaun Palmer, legendary snowboarder.

In 2008 at age 39, Palmer took two Jeep King of the Mountain wins to become the overall series winner and also had a World Cup second place at the opening World Cup in Bad Gastein, Austria.

This native of South Lake Tahoe has evolved over the years along with his addiction to Cadillacs and multi-sports. In his own way. On his own terms. And, always on top.

Check out his website – for his complete story.

His athletic prowess is legendary and so is his ability to perform at a top level in any sport he competes in. Whether its a BMX bike, mountain bike, skis, snowboard, snowmobile, or a dirt bike, Shaun has always proven he’s the master of his domain. Like this classic Shaun story.

Taking a break from his snowboard success in 1996, he decided to try downhill mountain biking and crushed the competition. He won two pro events and just missed first place in the 1996 World Championships by .15 seconds which led to major sponsorships by Specialized Bicycles and Swatch Watches.

This same story of success, of off-the-couch-crushing performances was repeated in his car and motor cross pursuits, and business deals.

Activision developed a Shaun Palmer Pro Snowboarder game for PlayStation 2, and Shaun started his own snowboard company in Switzerland, Palmer Snowboards.

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