“Quality Over Quantity”: Shaun White Reveals the Secret Behind His Ageless Consistency

Published 11/22/2021, 12:04 PM EST
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)


American snowboarding star Shaun White has been the dominator at the Winter Olympics for decades now. Remarkably, while most athletes take time off during the off-season, Shaun keeps the hustle going, aiming for his next win.

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White has clinched three Olympic gold medals in his four appearances. Notably, even at 35, he is unstoppable, as he is preparing for his fifth outing next year.

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Shaun White drops the secret behind his consistency

Every time Shaun takes to the snow, he leaves his audience speechless with his death-defying leaps and moves. In a true testament of his caliber, Shaun has been consistently bettering his magical skills since his first Winter Olympics innings in 2006.

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)

In an interview with X Games, Shaun revealed the secret behind his consistency. With unreal determination and grit, the snowboarder continues to train even in summer, maybe on a skateboard or on a surf.

Shaun said, “Just motivated, you know, and I don’t really like to let off the gas. I mean, you may not see me, but I’m still doing all the things that I need to. I’m like yup you know training in the summer time. If I am not in the mountain I’m skateboarding, I’m surfing like I live a pretty active life.”

He further added, “And the thing that’s nice with the age is like you just realize so much about yourself. It’s like, hey I’m going for quality over quantity.”

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk was Shaun’s mentor

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Shaun White was just nine years old when skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk, took him under his guidance. Hawk started mentoring him and turned him into a professional athlete by the time he was 16. Even though a renowned snowboarder, Shaun’s skateboarding are equally impressive.

To date, Shaun shares a good relationship with Tony. Recently, Hawk tweeted a video with Shaun saying, “There are very few people I trust to go high enough over my ramp channel for me to zoom past underneath, and @shaunwhite is one of them. Here he is dusting off the cobwebs on a big heelfip as I sneak by this afternoon.”

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Currently, Shaun is training to secure the berth for his fifth Winter Olympics appearance in Beijing next year. Do you think White will create history in China as he aims to win his fourth medal?
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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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