Can Shaun White Still Earn a Spot for the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 After Missing Out on Olympic Qualifiers Final Event?

Published 01/12/2022, 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)


The qualification process for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is in its final stages. While Chloe Kim has already booked her spot in China, men’s snowboarding legend, Shaun White’s appearance, is still in doubt. Following an injury, White was forced to pull out from his last qualifiers at the Mammoth Mountain.

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Ever since he stated how this would be his last contest in snowboarding, fans have been worried about his qualification. How can White qualify for the Winter Olympics despite missing out on the final qualifier now?

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How can Shaun White qualify for the Winter Olympics?

With the 35-year-old looking to appear in his fifth Olympic Games, the route to Beijing is not easy. The incredible White will have two chances to qualify. The first task would be to put in a solid run during the World Cup event in Switzerland.

With team USA having four spots at stake, White is currently fourth in the American list of snowboarders. Thus, if White puts on a good score in Laax, Switzerland, he would nail a spot.

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)

As of right now, he is behind Taylor Gold, Chase Josey, and Lucas Foster in the American snowboarder rankings. With the confusion arising from his qualification process, White hopes to put in a sensational performance in Switzerland. That event is a make-or-break for White.

Meanwhile, if the performance in the event is not up to the mark, White can get picked by getting a “coach’s discretion.” This would be a pick, completely based on the coach’s call for White to compete.

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A legacy to remember

A Winter Olympics without Shaun White would certainly feel unusual. The incredible snowboarder has won three Olympic gold medals in his four appearances on the grand stage.

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Given that this is his last dance, fans hope that White can perform one last time to thrill the fans. An iconic personality in the world of extreme sports, his tricks and flips have entertained the crowd for years together.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 14: Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States shows his emotion during the victory ceremony for 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 David Ramos/Getty Images)

Hence, fans would hope he can go big in Laax. However, if he doesn’t, do you think White will receive qualification by ‘coach’s discretion’?

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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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