“Not Frowned Upon”: Shaun White Weighs in on Sha’Carri Richardson’s Olympic Controversy

Published 01/14/2022, 3:39 PM EST
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist snowboarder Shaun White of the United States speaks during a press conference at the Main Press Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


Last year, US athlete Sha’Carri Richardson was in the news for testing positive for an anti-doping test. After setting the sixth-fastest time in women’s 100-meters history, Richardson faced a one-month ban for failing that doping test. Recently, Shaun White expressed his views on the problems faced by international athletes, bearing Sha’Carri in context.

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Shaun White addresses the Sha’Carri Richardson controversy

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Richardson’s ban sparked massive outrage against the IOC. Recently, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Shaun White talked about the controversy, correlating it to a personal situation.

“I don’t know. I mean, there’s a lot of struggles going on out there and I will say that it’s interesting: My uncle has gone through a lot of… he suffers certain ailments and illnesses, and it’s definitely helped him cope rather than, you know, he was on painkillers. And that was a really, really tough time for everybody. And so, yeah, I just see it around more. I’m sure there will be a day when it’s really not frowned upon by any society or any group of people,” said White.

SNOWMASS, CO – JANUARY 13: Shaun White #2 celebrates on the medals podium after winning the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe final during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on January 13, 2018 in Snowmass, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

While Richardson faced the ban, she returned for her 100-meter competition during the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Oregon. The race saw her facing the likes of the famous Jamaican trio that dominated the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With all eyes set on her, she made her anticipated comeback.

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As for Richardson, when it rains, it pours. After all the hype for her exciting return, she finished last in the 100-meters competition that featured Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. In addition, her post-race press conference did not do her any favors as she went on a rant.

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EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the Women’s 100 Meter Semi-finals on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

She is just 21, and the sky is the limit for the US wonder kid. With Thompson-Herah lurking over her shoulder, it would not be easy for her to catch pace. But, nothing is impossible in sports.

Can she put her disappointment behind her and have a better 2022 athletic season?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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