“I Have Misplaced It”: Shaun White Reveals He Lost His Olympic Gold Medal More Than Once

Published 12/24/2021, 1:03 AM EST
Shaun White is among the greatest snowboarders of all time. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


In terms of winning medals, Shaun White has been an extremely prolific athlete with three golf medals at the Winter Olympics in 2006, 2010, and 2018. Beyond that, he’s also won various accolades at the X-Games, both summer and winter, that he cherishes to date.

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But with all these medals won, keeping hold of them hasn’t always been a straightforward task for White. Here’s a look at back at when he shared a story about misplacing his medal multiple times.

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Shaun White has lost his Olympic medal on numerous occasions

In an interview with Graham Bensinger, White talked about losing his medals and shared a hilarious story. He spoke about losing it three to four times, but somehow managed to find them on all those occasions.

“I have misplaced it maybe once or twice, three or four times. Because I don’t really take it off too often. It’s one of those things like you know, keeping in a safe place and occasionally I’ll bring it out, and then there’s so much going on that I kinda rely on people around me. After my snowboard contest, I have to find everything again,” said White.

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)

He also mentioned that he would give his former agent the responsibility of keeping hold of his medals for him, and everytime he couldn’t find it, he would give him a call. Once, White even found it in the backpocket of the passenger seat of his car.

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2022 will be White’s last Olympics

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Taking part in four Olympic games is definitely something to be admired, but competing in five shows the commitment to his craft that White has. He started skateboarding when he was young and burst onto the scene in the 2000s. And now, his career is coming to an end.

“Because my whole life I’ve kind of been looked at as somewhat superhuman because I do these things. And a lot of people have always come up to me and just [been] like, ‘I don’t know how he does it.’ And I’ve prided myself on being that individual. And man, realizing and admitting to myself and everyone else, ‘Yeah I’m human.’ It’s taken a toll,” said White as he announced that Beijing 2022 will be his last Olympics.

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)

A legendary career is coming to an end and hopefully, Shaun can bow out with one last medal for him to misplace later.

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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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