Shaun White says the 2022 Winter Olympics can be his final.
“That is, I feel, my final run,” he told NBC in an excerpt of an interview that aired Wednesday.
White has received three Olympic gold medals and been the face of American snowboarding for greater than a decade. At 35, he’s making an attempt to qualify for what can be his fifth journey to the Video games. He positioned eighth on the U.S. Grand Prix in Colorado final weekend.
“It’s exhausting to speak about as a result of my entire life I’ve form of been checked out as considerably superhuman, as a result of I do this stuff (within the halfpipe),” White instructed NBC. “… I’ve prided myself on being that particular person. And, man, realizing and admitting to myself and everybody else, ‘yeah, I’m human’ – it’s taken a toll.”
White had, till Wednesday, left open the possibility that he might keep competing beyond 2022. However he has beforehand spoken at size concerning the toll the game has taken on his physique, together with at Group USA’s media summit in October.
At that summit, White talked concerning the dramatic evolution of the game and making an attempt to maintain up. Methods that have been considered unimaginable earlier in his profession have since turn out to be commonplace, he defined.
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White additionally famous in October that he had simply suffered a foul crash within the halfpipe, that slowed him for days – whereas in his youthful years, he might need popped again up.
“I’ll admit, it’s getting more durable,” White stated on the media summit. “The day in and time out and the grind of doing these methods.”
White is slated to compete once more this weekend at Dew Tour at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, the place a powerful efficiency would assist lock up his spot on the U.S. Olympic snowboarding group. The Beijing Video games begin Feb. 4.
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