“I’ve Fallen Back Too Far”: Shaun White Admits That Younger Stars Are Far Ahead of Him Now

Published 12/18/2021, 1:44 PM EST
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)


Known to people as the ‘Flying Tomato’ for his extravagant red hair, Shaun White is a legend. The incredible snowboarder is en route to end his career after the 2022 Winter Olympics. Although the qualifications are underway and not done yet, everyone expects him to win the battle. New snowboarders look up to him to get the inspiration they need.

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But, it is turning out to be the opposite way around. White is impressed with new snowboarders who land their tricks with incredible ease as he loves the competition being shown.

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Shaun White praises new snowboarders

The three-time Olympic gold medalist talked about competing at the highest level while looking to stay and be fit. With four Olympic appearances, he is now looking to appear in his fifth Olympics. Hence, things are getting tight at the top. Although he had a weak run in the first round, he performed admirably well, showcasing his repertoire of tricks. Moreover, he loves to see how new competitors are performing tough tricks like the triple cork that White did not land in his first attempt.

“I think it was 2013 when I tried my first triple. It didn’t go well. I would say I’ve fallen back too far but yeah, there’s a little bit of people you know, took in advance and now I’m kind of like you know seeing where I want to be,” said White.

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)

Despite being a hard trick to perform, White wanted to see what the fuzz was all about back in 2013. However, he spoke about not being able to land the trick. With the new athletes coming to the forefront, White is hoping to perform well, to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

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With White now being 35 years old, age is catching up to him. He won many accolades and trophies in his career. But, he understood his body is not the way it was before and intends on retiring after the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“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.

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)

To sum up, his career is coming to an end. However, White hope wants to win, yet again. A final medal would be a sensational end to his career.

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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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