Shaun White announced earlier today he will be skipping X Games LA to focus on, well, the list goes on and on. White has his hand in several business ventures including his home-line with Target, his product line Shaun White Supply Co., and his aspiring acting career. Oh, yeah, and he still managed to complete the first ever perfect run at Winter X Games while going on to win Gold in Tignes, France in both Superpipe and Slopestyle.
Reportedly Shaun has been spending most of his time in New York these days, and last time we checked there aren’t too many vert ramps in Manhattan. Without enough time on his skateboard Shaun feels he’s not prepared to defend his vert Gold medal against rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon.
Last year’s competition featured a heated rivalry between the two as they went back and forth exchanging excellent runs, which ended with White throwing down the winning score on his last run.
In an interview with ESPN, Pierre-Luc Gagnon expressed indifference about White’s decision, stating, “I’m just focused on what I need to do to be on top of my own skateboarding. And right now, I feel great,” he said. “I’m skating every day. I’ve got my tricks down. I’m just doing what I’ve been doing for the past 15 years.”
Although the rivalry helped the sport prosper over the past three years, there are plenty of young competitors with the potential to take Gold in this year’s skate events. And PLG will have his work cut-out against some of the younger talent that is just now coming into form.