“Last Contest”: Shaun White Competing at World Cup Event to Solidify Last Olympic Appearance Chances

Published 01/12/2022, 8:00 AM 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 Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Arguably the greatest snowboarder in the sport’s history, Shaun White has an untarnished legacy. But as he prepares to bid goodbye, winning another Olympic medal would be the perfect curtain call. Hence, the incredible White now aims to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Ever since he made his debut back in 2000, for two decades, he has entertained the audience with his breathtaking skills.

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Undoubtedly, performing at the highest level takes a toll on one’s body and mind. After decades at the top level, White is now preparing to retire after the Winter Olympics. However, he is yet to qualify for the same.

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The competition in Switzerland would be the pathway to the bed of roses. Referring to the same, White posted a story on Instagram, resonating with a penguin stuck in a do or die moment.

Shaun White is a legend

Safe to say, if White does not qualify for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, it would be an unexpected end to a wonderful era. Talking about his qualification, White recently posted a video of a penguin trying to jump over a sheet of ice that split from its mainland. With the rest of the penguins already making it through, the last one made it in the dying moments. Resonating with that penguin, White wrote, “Me deciding to go to Switzerland for the last contest.”

BARDONECCHIA, ITALY. SUNDAY, FEBUARY 12, 2006. The mens Winter Olympic snowboard half pipe contest . American Shaun White of Carlsbad, CA winner of the the gold medal lets out a whoop of joy as he holds a flag on the podium afterwards. (DENVER POST PHOTO BY CYRUS MCCRIMMON cell: in italia 001 39 3346 318 444)

Indeed, a little symbolic representation of White’s route to the Olympics this year. Competing at this level at 35 is difficult, as most extreme sports athletes peak at a very young age, showcasing their talents in their respective sport. Hence, White looks to become a role model for most with his commitment and determination, even at this age.

The quality is there for people to see, as they hope he can put an accomplished performance in Laax, Switzerland.

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The talented snowboarder talked about retiring from the sport after two decades filled with success. Loving what he did for a long time, White would hope to compete in his last Olympic Games and bow out in style.

“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, 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)

With a fifth history appearance and a fourth gold medal at stake, one would certainly hope White makes it to Beijing. However, only time will tell what’s in store for Shaun White.

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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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