”I’ve Gotten Older… Its a Lot Harder”: Shaun White Is Feeling His Age at Last Ahead of Final Gold Medal Quest

Published 12/18/2021, 1:53 PM EST
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Medal Plaza on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)


Winter Olympics fame, Shaun White is aiming to compete in his last mega games appearance. Notably, one of the oldest snowboarders has already made successful outings in his past four innings.

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Interestingly, Shaun wants to make his fifth and last appearance worth remembering by clinching the gold medal; however, he is aware of his age restrictions.

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Fourth Olympic Gold on Shaun’s radar

Shaun White turned 35 this year, while he started snowboarding when he was just six. White knows his age is becoming a hurdle in his career and he is nearing his retirement.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Medal Plaza on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Albeit, it’s not over yet. Shaun is going to put in his best foot forward for the Beijing Olympics 2022 and is aiming for the last gold. Shaun said, “I mean, it would mean the world to me obviously to win to wrap up a career with another Olympic gold. “

He further added, addressing the growing competition, “It’s a lot harder you know. Just as you know, I’ve gotten older and my abilities have slowly you know it just takes more, to be up there every day. And the sport is only, you know, getting more difficult.”

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Shaun White dominating for decades

Shaun first appeared in the Winter Games in 2006 and clinched the gold medal. Despite the hurdles of life, Shaun always made it to the top positions. In his four Olympic appearances, Shaun White has won three Olympic gold medals. While in one, he finished fourth, missing out on the gold by a whisker.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States celebrates during the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Shaun is currently working to secure his fifth Olympic berth. Although he has aged now, he still has got strong authority over his magical moves. Do you think Shaun will make history by ending his career with fourth Olympic gold?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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