US Olympic Star Shaun White ‘Inspired’ by Tom Brady to Continue Winning at an Older Age

Published 10/29/2021, 3:39 AM EDT
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of USA takes 1st place during the Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe Finals at Pheonix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)


With the Winter Olympics qualification nearing soon, Shaun White is gearing up to book his ticket to yet another Olympic Games. Despite being 35, he continues to perform remarkably well.

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As an older competitor, it is tough to find inspiration. However, White took inspiration from NFL legend Tom Brady, who won his last Super Bowl at the age of 43. Thus, White sees him as a motivation to win another Olympic gold medal.

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Shaun White is inspired by Tom Brady

The legendary snowboarder is a three-time Olympic gold medalist (2006, 2010, 2018) in his signature event; half-pipe snowboarding. The 35-year-old has a record for the most X-Games gold medals and also most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder.

Despite his laurels, he is still hungry and wants to compete. In a chat with NBC, he spoke about how he finds motivation to compete even at his age.

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“Forever, I have been the youngest competitor. So that was a big change. I kind of wear it proudly now. You know you got these amazing athletes like Tom Brady that are getting into their older years and still holding it down. So I am feeling good about it. I like the inspiration from others, and it is so exciting for me.”

“There is this magic moment when you make the team. You’re like, Wow I get to be an Olympian again,” said White.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tom Brady plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is still going strong at the age of 44. Currently, he is playing in his twenty-second season in the NFL.

Who are the oldest successful athletes in the world?

White has a chance to become the oldest snowboarder to win the Winter Olympics if he makes it to the team traveling to China. Hence, when compared to many other athletes, this would be a feather in his cap, considering his age. However, there are many older athletes that have achieved greatness in their respective sports.

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Apart from Tom Brady, legendary golfer Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters at the age of 43. Likewise, tennis sensation Roger Federer, despite being 40 years old, continues to play at a high level. He became the ATP world number one when he was 36 in 2018.

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

In addition, Allyson Felix took part in her fifth consecutive Summer Olympics at the age of 35 and won a gold and bronze medal in Tokyo.

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If Shaun White wins another gold medal, then history would be made. Fans admire his bubbling personality and sheer determination to win at all costs and he is not done yet!

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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