“Thank You…This is My Last”: Shaun White Hints at Retirement as Woes Continue Ahead of Beijing Olympics 2022

Published 12/20/2021, 7:30 AM EST
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States reacts after his run during the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


35-year-old Shaun White is currently fighting to clinch the Olympic berth for his fifth appearance. Shockingly, he has struggled in the Olympic qualifiers so far, and things are not looking any better going forward.

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While he is yet to retire officially, Shaun recently bid goodbye to one of the biggest snowboarding competitions in the sport.

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Shaun White announced retirement from Dew Tour

Shaun has been a dominant force in the sport for decades now; however, the Olympic gold medalist now feels restricted by his age. Albeit, Shaun, exhibiting excellence in the snow, is hoping to clinch what might just be the last Olympic gold of his career.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States celebrates after his third run 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 Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

However, so far, he has failed to secure the Beijing Olympics 2022 berth in any of the qualifiers. Entering the Dew Tour finals on Sunday, the spotlight was on White. But, to his disappointment, Shaun finished in seventh place with 82.00 points.

To much surprise, Shaun made a huge announcement after his outing, saying, ”I’m so happy to put one in. Thank you everyone for being here. This is my last Dew Tour so thank you, Dew Tour. Thank you everybody here. I appreciate you!”

Earlier, Shaun had also hinted at his professional retirement after the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Can Shaun still qualify for the 2022 Beijing Olympics?

It has come down to a do-or-die situation for Shaun, as he has just one more chance left to make his historical appearance. In January, White will compete in the last qualifiers; Toyota US Grand Prix Mammoth Mountain.

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ASPEN, COLORADO – MARCH 21: Shaun White of the United States takes a training run for the men’s snowboard halfpipe final during Day 4 the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Buttermilk Ski Resort on March 21, 2021 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

White will have to secure a spot on the podium if he wants to take the flight to Beijing. Regardless of the results, one cannot deny Shaun’s insane determination and grit, giving it his all, even at 35. However, fans would hope Shaun makes the cut, as failure to do so will be a rather sad end to a magnificent career.

Do you think Shaun will outclass his new-age competitors to secure his spot in Beijing??

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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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