US Olympic Icon Shaun White Reveals How He Copes With Intense Training At 35 Years

Published 10/28/2021, 2:25 PM EDT
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)


After the very exciting Summer Games held in Tokyo, it’s time to welcome the Winter sports in less than 100 days. Beijing is ready to organize the Winter Olympics in the month of February. One of the famous names taking part in the snowboarding, Shaun White, is hustling hard to claim a medal for himself.

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Shaun White is a professional snowboarder who knows his fair share of skateboarding as well. He specializes in the halfpipe event and has gained a number of medals over the course of time. A few memorable feats of his have been the Olympic medals won in 2006, 2010, and 2018. In addition to this, he has an inclination towards the music industry.

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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)

Setting sights on China- Shaun White 

In one of his recent interviews, Shaun opened up about he feels training for the Winter Games at the age of 35. He elaborated on that by saying, “During my first Olympics, I was 19, I’m 35 now. Oh. I think it’s great.

You know it was a trip. I think it was around the last Olympics I remembered hearing the announcers going, dropping in, the oldest competitor, Shaun White.

Certainly, it is not the best feeling to be called old but Shaun seems to take it positively. Considering that he respects all his competitors and seeks inspiration from them, it only makes him better.

White will compete at the Winter Olympic Games in 2022

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Therefore, expressing himself further he said, “Forever, I’ve been the youngest competitor, that was a big change. I kind of wear it proudly now. You got amazing athletes like Tom Brady that are getting into, their older years and still holding it down. I’m feeling good about it.”

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of USA takes 1st place during the Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe Finals at Pheonix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Laurent Salino/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

I like the inspiration from the others and it’s so exciting for me. I was kind of tripping out of the other day just thinking about you know, there’s a magic moment when you make the team, you’re like, wow, I get to be an Olympian again. Just to go is so incredible. One step at a time. Going to try to make the team and then set sights on China.

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For Shaun, age is perhaps just a number. Even though a week back he met with an accident during training and got hurt on the lip, he chose to not give up. Now, he surely is confident and thrilled to give an electric performance at the Winter Games, starting on 4th February.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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