Olympic snowboarder Shaun White should get a gold medal for prom-crashing


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May isn’t for snowboarding — it’s for prom. Which might be why superstar Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, who never went to his own prom, crashed one on Friday at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Penn. He posted a photo of himself looking pretty dapper on Instagram before he arrived to surprise fan Carly Monzo, a senior at the all-girls Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

ESPN writes:

The big curtain reveal didn’t happen until during the prom, when the dean of students called Monzo’s name before a surprise Bad Things performance. By then Monzo had already found another date, who was reportedly a good sport about the whole thing even when White gave Monzo a kiss on the cheek.

White found out about the prom when Monzo posted a video last month asking the gravity-defying athlete to be her date. In it, she includes the poem, “Roses are red, violets are blue, My name is Carly Monzo, but I’m sure you had no clue. I’m currently a senior @ an all girls school. So when it comes to dates there’s no boy pool,” She added, “I have a six-foot rule & I know you’re 5’9″ but I can overlook that ‘cuz DAMN you’re FINE.”

GoProM? from carly monzo on Vimeo.

White’s last-minute decision didn’t seem to bother Monzo, who seemed pretty stoked about the surprise.

So did the rest of the prom goers.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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