“Wait are You?”: Olympic Snowboarding Legend Shaun White Revealed His Thoughts About a Tom Brady-Like Comeback to the Sport

Published 10/31/2022, 9:15 PM EDT

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Shaun White is an iconic athlete, having conquered not one but two sports. White, who retired in 2022, has won three golds in his decorated Olympic career; Shaun has also won 15 golds at the X Games. The skateboarder turned snowboarder holds the record for the most Olympic and X games golds won by a single athlete. 

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In a recent interview with TODAY, while talking about his latest trip to Switzerland, one anchor asked White about a potential Tom Brady-like comeback. Here’s what the champ had to say.

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Shaun White opened up about a potential comeback

While in conversation, one of the anchors asked Shaun for his thoughts about making a comeback like NFL legend Tom Brady. White answered“I don’t know., for sure am happy in this new life I’m making.” 

Since retiring, White has shifted focus to building a life away from sports. From expanding his apparel brand, Whitespace, to touring across Europe, he indeed seems content and satisfied with his decision to retire.

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However, regarding future competitions, Shaun said, “The next season hasn’t even come about yet, so I gotta just live with it for a moment.” While Shaun’s statement doesn’t mean he’ll compete once the next season is here, it doesn’t rule out the chance of seeing him return either.

In fact, Shaun White met with the competitors while he was in Switzerland. “I saw my competitors recently. I was testing products in Switzerland and I’m hanging with them,” he said.

He also added that just like the hosts, the snowboarders also thought Shaun was there to compete. “They were all like, ‘wait are you (going to compete)?'” said Shaun.

The Snowboarding legend‘s last competition was the 2022 Winter Olympics. Shaun missed the bronze by one spot and finished fourth in the halfpipe. Ahead of te games then, the Olympic medalist had announced it would be his last Olympics and later revealed that he was retiring for good.

Tom Brady’s six-week retirement

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest American football player ever. The legendary quarterback announced his retirement on the 1st of February 2022, after playing 22 seasons in the NFL. However, just six weeks later, on 14th March, Brady announced he would be coming out of retirement for his 23rd season.

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But unlike Brady, White doesn’t seem to be leaning toward a quick turnaround and coming back to snowboarding. However, history is a witness that Shaun White is a man full of surprises, and counting him out would be a huge mistake. Do you think White will return to competitive snowboarding?

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Sagnik Bagchi is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor's and Master's in English Literature from the University of Calcutta. He has experience working as a freelance MMA writer for Sportskeeda.
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