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Shaun White, snowboarding's hottest star, is set to blow it up in skateboarding, too. Not bad for your basic mom-and-apple pie teenager.

Updated: May 12, 2003, 12:27 PM ET
By Allison Glock
Shaun White wants to go to the prom. He doesn't have a date or a tuxedo. He doesn't even really attend high school, at least not when he's traveling, which is most of the year.

Even so, Shaun has this idea that the prom is something he should do, that he needs to immerse himself in the whole cheeseball, heartbreaking, hunch-punch, cover band wonder of it all, just to be like every other 16-year-old suburban kid for a night -- the kids who aren't world-class professional snowboarders living in a Carlsbad, Calif., seaside house that they own; the kids who don't win cars in Japan on the weekends or have a garage full of free sneakers and enough money to make work optional for life. Shaun White wants to go to the prom simply because that's what young American kids do, and Shaun White could not be more the young American if he tried.

Allison Glock

Senior Writer, espnW
Award-winning journalist Allison Glock is a senior writer for espnW whose writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ and many others. She has written six books, including her latest, the third in her YA series "Changers," which has been widely lauded as an important series that teaches kids about empathy and tolerance.

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