Just Like Michael Phelps, Snowboarding Legend Shaun White Reached an Impasse in His Career During the 2018 Olympics

Published 08/27/2022, 1:15 PM EDT
USA’s Shaun White during the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe Qualification on day five of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Genting Snow Park H & S Stadium in China. Picture date: Wednesday February 9, 2022. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
The legendary swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history. None of his peers could match his greatness after he won 28 medals. Phelps frequently addressed the value of making sacrifices when undertaking novel endeavors. In addition, he has inspired millions in the young generations and affected the legendary snowboarder Shaun White as well.

Phelps’s hard work during his career made Shaun recall the hardship that he faced in the 2018 Olympics. White has altered the snowboarding landscape with three gold medals from the Olympics and a record amount of X Games.

Shaun White understands Michael Phelps

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During a news conference, once Shaun was questioned about what inspired him to return for a fourth Olympic run after placing fourth in the half-pipe. In reply, the three-time Olympic gold medalist revealed how Phelps’ documentary changed his perspective

He stated, “I watched a Michael Phelps documentary, videos on him and him just going to the pool every single day, like that life I can imagine can get tough. Same for me [before Sochi]. The same things that got me excited and motivated weren’t really working anymore.”

When Michael first got retired in 2012, he stated about lacking passion for the London Olympics. However, he made a strong comeback later. White may not have trained as long as Phelps did, but he undoubtedly put forth the same level of passion and focus. However, this was not the first time Michael made a huge impact on White. 

Phelps making White awestruck

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There was a time when the 28 times Olympic gold medalist revealed his tough workout routine. Listening to that, Shaun was flabbergasted. He stated“We’re having four workouts a day, so over 24 days, we were probably working out with weights, 75 times, probably 75 workouts in 24 days. So at that point, it was kind of like I was I saw myself improving so much because we weren’t taking a day off.”

While Shaun doesn’t put that much effort into his workout routine, he has proved his passion for snowboarding by winning three Olympic gold medals.

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In 2022, he retired after performing last time in the half-pipe category. After this, Shaun spends his post-retirement time with his girlfriend, Nina Dobrev. On the other hand, Phelps is busy golfing with his wife, Nicole Johnson, and spends time with his three sons. 

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Ishani Yadav

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Ishani Yadav is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. Ishani spent her childhood playing baseball and badminton, which led to her passion for sports.

Edited By: Rupak Kumar Jha

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