The “Last Dance” For Shaun White

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The “Last Dance” For Shaun White

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The “Last Dance” For Shaun White

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The last time the world saw Olympic snowboarder Shaun White compete was back in 2018. Now as 2022 starts, White, at 35 years old, is looking to continue his success at the Winter Olympic Games after taking some time off from the sport. Before what could be White’s “Last Dance,” it is time to look back at his historic career. 

White’s legacy began when he was 19 years old in 2006 competing in his first-ever Olympic Games. There he would go on to secure his first-ever gold medal scoring a 46.8. Then in 2010, at the next Winter Olympic Games, he further solidified how great he was by scoring a 46.8 on his first run, and a 48.4 on his second run after he performed the Double McTwist 1260. This would land him the gold medal again.

In 2011, White would compete in his fourth straight Winter X-Games where he would win his fourth straight gold medal with a score of 97.33. This score would set a new X-Games record, that was until 2012 came. At the 2012 X-Games, White would go on to beat that record and be the first person to ever score a perfect 100 in the SuperPipe event. Between 2007 and 2011, White competed in 13 X-Game events where he won gold seven times, silver two times, and bronze three times. Over his entire X-Games career from 2000 to 2017, White has secured gold 15 times which is an X-Games all-time record. 

White would qualify for his third Olympic Games in 2014 but would finish in fourth place. In his last Olympic appearance in 2018, White would win his third gold medal after performing back-to-back double cork 1440’s. 

After taking a hiatus from snowboarding, his return to the sport wasn’t necessarily flawless. During the first designated qualifying events, White finished fourth, seventh, and eighth which was not good enough for an automatic spot as he was ranked 12th nationally. Then during the Olympic qualifying event in Mammoth Mountain, California, White had to withdraw due to still feeling the effects from COVID-19. 

As of January 15, 2022, White competed in the Laax Open and made the podium for the halfpipe competition. He came in third behind Ayumu Hirano and Scotty James, he solidified his spot with his signature double McTwist 1260. 

White will be competing with a chip on his shoulder as it is the first time in a long time that he is not the favorite. Instead, it is Ayumu Hirano from Japan, who finished in second place behind White in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games back in 2018. The U.S.A Olympic Snowboard team also includes Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro, Chase Josey, Zoe Kalapos, Taylor Gold, Lucas Foster, and Tessa Maud.

When the Olympic Games start on February 4, 2022, it will most likely be White’s final Olympic appearance as in an interview on Good Morning America he confirmed that after the games are over he will consider retirement. It should be expected he will make this a memorable one and go out with people remembering why he is the greatest snowboarder ever.

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