If you were a true child of the 90s then you’d have no doubt played Shaun Palmer Pro Snowboarder on your PlayStation. I know I spent many hours ripping huge mountain lines on that game!
At the time, Shaun Palmer was to snowboarding what Tony Hawk was to skateboarding. He was the man.
Since then, Palmer has gone on to compete in not one, not two, but three other action sports at a professional level – skiing, motocross and mountain biking, and he hasn’t done half badly.
“Palmer has gone on to compete in not one, not two, but three other action sports at a professional level.
In 1996, a year after taking up mountain biking during the summer months, he was competing on the professional mountain bike circuit.
He placed seventh in his first world cup downhill event and second at that year’s World Championships before going on to finish fifth in the overall World Cup rankings. A fair effort for his first year in the sport!
At one point, he was the highest paid mountain biker in the world, with an annual contract earning him $300,000 a year.
At the 2001 X Games Shaun switched his snowboard for skis and ended up winning the gold in the ski cross event.
If that wasn’t enough for the man, in 2006 he decided that motocross was his new favourite sport, dubbing it “the best sport in the world”. He qualified for the Supercross Tour at his very first attempt. Surely that’s just showing off?
But although Shaun was insanely talented (one USA Today article asked: “Is this the World’s Most Talented Athlete?”) he was battling some serious personal demons too.
The documentary about his life and career, Shaun Palmer: The Miserable Champion, is well worth a watch.