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Shaun White in Utah (2008)

Shaun White Stoked To Be Back In Slopestyle: He is every bit as polished in a boardroom as he is on a snowboard – a meticulous caretaker of both his image off the snow and his reputation on it.

And yet, here’s what Shaun White had to say about his return to slopestyle at last year’s Winter X Games: “I don’t want to say I did the ‘human’ move. But I was like, ya know, if I go out there, I’m gonna get owned.”

He went out there, and, yes, it all went down exactly the way he expected.

Unprepared after taking two years off to focus on his Olympic halfpipe routine, the world’s most famous snowboarder looked like an impersonator wearing a red wig as he rode across those rails.

He finished 13th out of 16, didn’t qualify for finals and, by the end of a day that seemed to turn snowboarding on its head, White, of all people, was eliciting sympathy from those other riders who did, in fact, own him.

For a day at least,

That day marked Day 1 of the push to the Sochi Olympics, where slopestyle will make its debut, two years from now. One important stopping point on that road comes Friday, when White heads out for preliminaries of the 2012 X Games with a bag of new tricks. Continue Reading…

Shaun White Stoked To Be Back In Slopestyle

Former Miss California Nicole Johnson Breaks Up With Olympic Hero Michael Phelps (Photos)

Johnson, seen here on the left, was Miss California in 2010. She was first runner-up in 2007.

Former Miss California Nicole Johnson Breaks Up With Olympic Hero Michael Phelps: Michael Phelps is on the market.

The New York Post reports that the Olympic hero has broken up with his longtime girlfriend, former Miss California Nicole Johnson.

“The couple broke up a few weeks ago, and Phelps is telling friends he’s single,” writes the Post.

The 26-year-old swimming champ and the former pageant queen had been dating on and off for several years, according to the Post, and she had even traveled with him to the FINA World Championships in Shanghai in July.

Johnson (right) claims to be a big MMA fan but says Toddlers and Tiaras is one of her guilty pleasures.

 

She was born July 12, 1985 in Westlake Village, Calif.

During her 2010 run as Miss California, she was sponsored by INTA Gems and Diamonds, Agua Caliente and Tony Bowls.

Johnson traveled with Phelps in July to the FINA World Championships in Shanghai.

Nicole formerly worked for Mercedes-Benz before being crowned Miss California and served as finance assistant at the dealership.

In 2007, Johnson graduated with honors from USC with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and focused on sports entertainment during her undergrad years. Are there any pageant girls that don’t claim to be interested in sports?