Shaun White Complains of Unusual Broken Equipment During Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 Qualifiers

Published 12/21/2021, 11:06 AM EST
Shaun White is among the greatest snowboarders of all time. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


The era of Shaun White is coming to an end. One of the most talented snowboarders in the world will take part in his final attempt to qualification come January 6-8, 2022. An incredible champion throughout the years, White won three Olympic gold medals for his signature half-pipe snowboarding competition. Thus, he spoke about how the next Olympics will be his last, as he finally calls it quits.

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During the previous qualifiers his performances have been unsatisfactory. However, White spoke about having a snowboard malfunction that led to his poor performance.

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Shaun White’s snowboard malfunctioned

The snowboarder spoke about having trouble with his snowboard that led to a poor run. Two weeks back, he finished eighth, and this past week he finished seventh. Thus, White will need to perform in the next qualifying round to secure his berth in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“My day started with a broken binding in practice which never happens. Then during my first run, my backup binding broke in half on the second hit. Shoutout to Kenny, my board tech, for giving me his personal bindings to finish the comp,” said White.

The qualifiers at Mammoth Mountain will be the next stop for him. If he fails to qualify in that, White would need to get a discretionary pick from U.S. Ski & Snowboard to compete at Beijing.

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Shaun White comments on his last Dew Tour

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At the end of his career, he would retire as the all-time great in snowboarding. No other athlete has encapsulated the minds of the audience like Shaun White. His incredible passion and determination for the game are quite amusing to watch. Thus, White spoke about the Dew Tournament being the last one in his career.

“It’s hard to talk about, because my whole life I’ve kind of been looked at as somewhat superhuman because I do these things (in the halfpipe). … I’ve prided myself on being that individual, and, man, realizing and admitting to myself and everyone else (that) I’m human, it’s taken a toll. Thank you everyone for being here. This is my last Dew Tour, so thank you. Thank you, Dew Tour. Thank you, everybody here. Appreciate you,” said White.

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)

To sum up, White would be missed for the charismatic personality and persona that he showcased throughout his career. A medal at Beijing 2022 would be the perfect icing on the cake.

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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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