[2/5/14 Update: Shaun White bows out of Olympic slopestyle competition due to risks on the course. “With the practice I have taken, even after the course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympic goals on,” said White. Source: NBC/Keir Simmons.]
Ladies and gentlemen, Shaun White has done it again. That laidback flame-haired guy you see from snowboarding shots to shampoo commercials has once again qualified to compete on the USA men’s national Olympic snowboarding team. But, this may be the last time White shreds the slopes for Team USA.
Apparently, White sites his age as a factor in his decision to spend less time on the slopes and more time playing the guitar with his band Bad Things.
According to the Team USA website, White said, “I show up, get warmed up and I ride my heart out for two hours and then I leave. And that is probably why you see me doing so many other things off the hill because I realized that, once those two hours were up, I’ve got to fill my time with something else. I think quality over quantity has been the biggest thing for me.”
White will be competing on the half-pipe (for which he won the gold medal in 2006 and 2010), and slopestyle, which will make its Olympic debut this year. White will definitely be the athlete to look out for not only because it may be his last time at the Olympics, but also for his insane snowboarding skills.
By Roberto Garcia