updated 02/18/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/18/2010 AT 12:50 PM ET
Don’t call him the Flying Tomato anymore!
Gold medal-winning snowboarder Shaun White is so over his 2006 moniker – thanks to a new nickname given to him by fellow redhead Conan O’Brien during a recent appearance on the comedian’s now-cancelled Tonight Show. The name? Animal – as in that famous Muppet musician.
“The Animal has become my thing here,” White, 23, told the AP recently. Apart from a possible physical resemblance, the nickname comes from the fact that White loves to twist and flip over the halfpipe, much like Animal bashes away at his drums with abandon.
So, tell us: What do you think of White’s new nickname? Suggest your own nicknames for the athlete in the comments below.