American snowboarder Shaun White has introduced he’ll retire after the Beijing Games, calling time on an illustrious profession.
The 35-year-old has gained three halfpipe Olympic gold medals since his Games debut at Torino 2006, including 13 titles on the Winter X Games to develop into one of many sport’s most iconic figures.
“It will be my last competition, which is pretty special,” White advised the media in Zhangjiakou, China, on Saturday.
“Everything’s got this extra excitement to it. The last time I’ll be doing this [pre-race press conference], the last time sitting with you guys [his USA teammates], the last Opening Ceremony, all these things.
“So it is fairly, fairly heavy, however I’m having fun with it.”
White took gold in his maiden Games in Italy before adding his second at Vancouver four years later.
A nasty training crash in 2017 — which left White requiring 62 stitches — looked to have endangered the American’s hopes at the PyeongChang Games in 2018, but he made a swift recovery to win his third gold with thejust four months later.
In doing so, he avenged the pain of narrowly missing out on a medal at Sochi four years prior.
As he prepares to compete at his fifth and final Games, White reflected on his journey, an “unimaginable” Opening Ceremony and his legacy.
“I’ve been giving it my all. There have been ups and downs to get right here, however by means of all of it, I’ve gotten stronger and higher the entire means and I’m excited to be right here,” White mentioned.
“The Opening Ceremony and venue have been unimaginable. In phrases of legacy, I’ve accomplished a lot within the sport — I hope that my using speaks to that. I’m all the time making an attempt to journey and progress and decide up on tendencies in sport and keep forward of the competitors.”
White is set to begin practice on Sunday, and the American shared his excitement at the prospect of competing at the “stunning” Genting Snow Park.
Though competitive retirement beckons, White does not believe he will be leaving the sport “anytime quickly.”
“I believe the attractive half about snowboarding is there’s nonetheless a life to be had than the game outdoors of competitors with so many names that you understand you do not see within the limelight,” White mentioned.
“All these individuals inside an business that journey backcountry and pipes. I’m simply too excited for the following chapter.”