You won’t be seeing Shaun White on a skateboard anytime soon, and for good reason.
In a move to make sure he is healthy for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, White has decided to put away his skateboard for a while and concentrate solely on snowboarding.
White did the same thing before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he won his second Olympic gold medal in halfpipe. So you won’t be seeing White at the Summer X Games or on the Dew Tour; his last major skateboarding event was at the Dew Tour Championships in October 2011.
White told ESPN that he is focused on winning snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle in Sochi.
“That’s the one thing that upsets me the most is that I had knee surgery [in August 2012] so I couldn’t really skate that much this past summer and then coming up, I don’t intend to skateboard the year before the Olympics,” White told ESPN, which stages the Winter and Summer X Games.
“It’s just one of those things where a twisted ankle can put you out of the Games. I don’t like taking that chance. So I usually lay low on it. See what else fills my time. I have other plans.”
Incidentally, slopestyle will be making its debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and you could probably bet Shaun White will be a favorite.
Photo courtesy of GoPro via Shaun White’s Facebook page.