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SHAUN PALMER – REAL EXTREME!

Few athletes can boast of success in various sports. But Sean Palmer is one of those. Known by the nicknames “Napalm” and “Palm Daddy”, he is considered one of the founders of extreme sports.

Childhood

An American snowboarder, skier, mountain biker and motocross racer was born on November 14, 1968 in South Lake Tahoe (California, USA). From early childhood, Sean was interested in activities in which there is great speed. In an interview with People magazine, his mother said: “Wheels or boards – it doesn’t matter, it should be super-fast. He was not afraid of anything. Once, when he was 13, he was punished, then he jumped out of the window of his room on the second floor, got on his bike and sped off. Sean has always been like this – pushing the boundaries. ”

Career and Achievements

Sean admits that he was never taught to snowboard. At the age of 13, he made his own board for skiing and after 3 years, leaving school, he decided to become a professional. After winning three gold medals in a row in the boardcross from the 97th to the 99th, Sean Palmer became known in snowboarding as Michael Jordan in basketball. A truly legendary athlete is considered one of the most influential people in the history of extreme sports. Napalm made a huge contribution to the development of snowboarding, in this environment it is as important as Tony Hawke and Rodney Mullen for skateboarders. Sean Palmer inspired young people with his lifestyle and skating style, his posters hung on the walls of many fans as a sign of anti-conformism and self-will. During his career as a snowboarder, Palmer has won many awards. Among them:
– gold at the World Championship halfpipe (1990),
– 6 gold medals of X Games in winter sports (1997, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001),
– silver in the World (1996) and gold in the American (1999) mountain bike championships,
– Gold medal Gravity Games in the discipline of ski cross in 2002,
– 2 silver World Cup in snowboarding (2006 and 2008).

By the time the mountain bike was added in 1995 to its professional skills, Napalm had already reached great heights in snowboarding. Teaming up with motocross legends Randy Lawrence and Mike Metzger on Jeff Steber’s Intense Cycles team, he took part in the 1996 World Cup. Palmer shocked everyone by coming 7th to the finish line in the second round, and then finishing second in the finals, losing just 15 hundredths of a second to Nico Vuillos. In the same year, he won gold at the US National Mountain Bike Championship, receiving sponsorship from Specialized with a payout of $ 300,000 a year and a major advertising contract with Swatch. Years later, Palm Deaddy returned to mountain biking in 2009, but took only 12th place in the US Championship that season.
Despite successes in snowboarding and mountain biking, Palmer himself calls motocross his favorite sport. In 2003, Sean participated in the Supercross Tour. He qualified for 125cc, but showed no noticeable results.

Interesting Facts

1) In the 90s, Palmer was the main vocalist in the punk band Fungus.
2) In 2001, the Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder was released on the PlayStation 2.
3) In 2015, a biographical film about the life and sports career of Sean Palmer called “Miserable Champion” was released, in which, in addition to his achievements, his past problems with alcohol and drugs are narrated. In 2006, Palmer experienced a severe overdose, however, he managed to pull himself together and was in the US Olympic snowboarding team the same year.

Present
Now 50-year-old Sean Palmer is engaged in business, he founded his company for the production of snowboards “Palmer Snowboards” back in 1995. He has two daughters and a son. He also coaches young snowboarders.

During his career as a snowboarder, Palmer has won many awards. Among them:
– gold at the World Championship halfpipe (1990),
– 6 gold medals of X Games in winter sports (1997, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001),
– silver in the World (1996) and gold in the American (1999) mountain bike championships,
– Gold medal Gravity Games in the discipline of ski cross in 2002,
– 2 silver World Cup in snowboarding (2006 and 2008).

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