Snowboarding great Shaun White said goodbye to competition after his final run at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. But we may see him compete in another Olympic sport as the halfpipe king comes to share a clip of himself trying out a new sport.
Here’s what it is and what White said about a potential return to the Olympics in 2026.
White is doing new things now that he’s retired
Now that he’s retired, White’s girlfriend love strong star Nina Dobrev had him make a list of all the different things he wants to do.
“My girlfriend said, ‘If you’re retiring, you gotta make this list of things you want to do,'” he explained on Jimmy Kimmel live . “So I’m putting this list [together], and pretty near the top of the list was “Go to a Super Bowl” because it’s always during competitive season – I’ve never been there. So I landed, said hello to everyone, then I was like, ‘I gotta go’ and went straight to the Super Bowl.
White has a few other things lined up on his plate after his retirement to keep him busy.
He has his WHITESPACE line of snowboarding products and is collaborating with Discovery+ on a three-part documentary series about his life.
He shared a clip of himself practicing another Olympic sport
We know White is the GOAT of snowboarding, but could he have a future in another Olympic sport?
White and Dobrev recently attended actor Miles Teller’s birthday party and the athlete posted on his instagram stories a clip of him playing table tennis against Teller.
Table tennis or ping-pong became an Olympic sport in 1988 when it made its debut at the Games in Seoul, South Korea. So maybe we’ll see White compete in this event at the Summer Olympics one day. But when it comes to the Winter Olympics, is White totally done with the halfpipe for good?
Did White just hint that he might return to the halfpipe?
Following his last Olympic race in Beijing in which he placed fourth, the snowboarding icon was asked about his career and said a comeback was possible.
“I mean, there’s always this urge to say, ‘Well, I could just train privately and then show up in four years,'” he said during an appearance on TODAY’s HUI.
But White was only joking and said he was at peace with his decision to retire that came to him some time ago while on a chairlift traversing an empty mountain.
“I feel good about it. I feel really lucky,” he told the outlet. “I spoke to a lot of sports friends and I’m so grateful that I got to choose when I wanted to go out and how I had to do it, enjoy every little moment until this day. So I feel very lucky on this subject.
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