ZHANGJIAKOU, China –
Three-time gold medalist Shaun White is back at his fifth and possibly last Olympics to cement his legacy in the mountains outside Beijing in a sport that has became synonymous with his name 16 years ago.
White was 19 years old when he won his first gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics and has since become the world’s most successful and prominent skier after he won his third gold medal in the event. drama at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
The 35-year-old has suffered a string of injuries in recent years, admitting in an interview with Rolling Stone last month that the sport is putting increasing strain on his body. The athlete, who is dating actress Nina Dobrev, also said family life appeals to him.
No longer in the latter half, White also recently launched a luxury ski and lifestyle brand, WHITESPACE, featuring a collaboration with the late Virgil Abloh of Louis Vuitton.
In January, White made a confident comeback at the Laax Open skiing in Switzerland, placing third behind favorites Ayumu Hirano in Beijing of Japan and Jan Scherrer of Switzerland. To the enthusiastic and passionate fans following the competition, White looked relaxed after a run with the Double McTwist 1260.
The competition in Switzerland comes just weeks after White, who had a congenital heart defect, recovered from a bout of COVID-19, which he contracted during vacation.
On Tuesday, White shared an Instagram video of his plane landing in Beijing, followed by footage of him driving a bus into the Chinese capital ahead of the opening day of the Summer Olympics. Official winter this week.
White will face a host of younger opponents than ever when he takes on the snowboarding competition starting next Wednesday.
In an Instagram post ahead of the Olympics, White looked back at his career on the slopes, noting that he spent 29 years on the snowboard, 23 of which were professional athletes.
“I’m so proud I’ve helped develop and shape the sport into what it is today. I can’t wait to see where the next generation will take it.”
(Edited by Robert Birsel)