‘What an Influence’- US Olympic Icon Shaun White Unfolds Relationship With Vampire Diaries Star Nina Dobrev

Published 10/21/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: Shaun White arrives at Oakley’s “Disruptive by Design” launch event held at Red Studios on February 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)


Shaun White has had a truly legendary snowboarding career, and he’s still going strong. Despite having competed in four Winter Olympics, White will appear in qualifying for his fifth games this December. The three-time Olympic gold medalist will hope for gold again but admitted that it would be tough this time around.

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As the Covid-19 pandemic was a cause of trouble for most athletes, White recently talked about a positive influence in his life through the period of preparation. Specifically, his relationship with Canadian actress, Nina Dobrev.

 

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Shaun White opens up on his relationship with Vampire Diaries Star Nina Dobrev

With the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns in place, White opened up about how Dobrev helped him get through the difficult period. White, himself, is also an actor and has appeared in movies like ‘Friends with Benefits’. His partner, Nina, however, is much more acclaimed on the silver screen with appearances in classics like ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’.

“Nina’s incredible. What an influence on my life. Not only does she run her own show, her own world, companies she’s involved in, things she’s producing, all this stuff going on. She holds me to this same high standard which is so wonderful to have in a partner,” said White.

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)

Reports of the two of them dating initially emerged in March 2020. Due to the pandemic, there was an admittedly difficult period where White couldn’t meet Nina when she was in Canada.

“That was probably one of the toughest things because I couldn’t get into Canada. I tried. I was turned around. I was like, ‘C’mon I was at the Olympics here. You remember?” said White.

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White eyeing for gold

The support he received from his girlfriend was crucial for him. The Winter Olympics qualifications start soon and White is one of the favorites to go to the finals. He won three gold medals back in the 2018 PyeongChang Games, 2010 Vancouver Games, and 2006 Turin Games. White is a bonafide legend.

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He is the only person to win in both the Summer and Winter X-Games competitions which shows how talented he is. Hence, the upcoming qualifications will see him competing for glory again. With Nina’s backing, White will hope to qualify for the next Winter Olympics.

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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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