“One Step Closer”: Shaun White Ready to Give His All for Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 12/18/2021, 1:09 PM EST
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The legacy of Shaun White will remain intact even if he does not qualify for the Winter Olympics. However, even champions have a swan song. Looking to compete in his fifth Olympic Games, White spoke about this run being his last dance. Ever since he was a teenager, he half-piped his way to many medals and victories. The buck stops here.

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The snowboarder is taking part in the Dew Tour Men’s snowboard qualifiers looking to get his place on Team USA. Although his first run did not provide a good run, his second run saw him finishing fourth and advancing to Sunday’s final.

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Shaun White happy with his run

The talented snowboarder is looking to win his fourth Olympic gold medal. Managing that would be the perfect farewell gift for the greatest snowboarder on the planet. After scoring just 27.50 in his first run, he improved his performance during the second run to rack up points needed to qualify for the Olympic Games. Thus, happy with his second run, White posted a tweet and commented on his thoughts after the run. White mentioned:

“Really pumped to make finals @DewTour! This being the third of four Olympic qualifying events, I felt the pressure. After falling in my first run, I was left with one more chance to put in a good score. So happy I pulled it off… One step closer to Beijing. @TeamUSA.” 

This is not the first time that White pulled something this extraordinary. Back at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, he pulled off a miracle to win the gold medal in his final run, to the surprise of most people. Hence, another victory would prove to be a significant difference with White looking to win again.

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A top-class run

After his disappointing first run, he provided a sensational run on his second attempt. Starting with back-to-back 1080s, he then moved onto a front-side 540 stalefish. While he did not get a good run in the first half, he ended the half-pipe with double McTwist 1260 and alley-oop 5 at the end, providing a sensational run during qualifying. Hence, White once again showed his dominance in his signature event.

ASPEN, COLORADO – MARCH 21: Shaun White of the United States takes a training run for the men’s snowboard halfpipe final during Day 4 the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Buttermilk Ski Resort on March 21, 2021 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

If he qualifies for the half-pipe event, he would be the oldest ever competitor to take part in the Winter Olympics. This would be his last run and fans hope to see him winning medals for his country.

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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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