After spending the past few years away from the world of competitive snowboarding, Shaun White has confirmed his intention to compete in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
“Of course," White said in an interview with Access Hollywood when asked if he was hoping to return to Olympic action in 2018. "Oh yeah, 2018! That’s the plan. It was already in my head before but it takes a little bit of time to get back into the swing of things. Nothing’s more motivating than a loss."
Since his disappointing finish at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, White has made more headlines away from the mountain than he has on it. He spent a large portion of his time touring with his band, Bad Things, and has expanded his Air & Style event series into a global phenomenon.
But recently White seems to have shifted his focus on returning to his snowboarding roots. He recently bought an ownership stake in Mammoth Resorts in an attempt to influence his childhood mountain, Bear Mountain, and made a triumphant return to competition by winning the 2015 Dew Tour men’s superpipe finals.
And despite not being invited to the recent 2016 Winter X Games due to negative comments he made about ESPN, White previously announced he had hoped to compete in those games as well.
As for concerns that he might be getting too old to keep up with the new wave of young snowboarders, the 29-year-old White (who will be 31 for the 2018 Olympics) stated that he viewed his experience as an asset in his quest to return to the top of the Olympic podium he dominated in 2006 and 2010.
“It seems easier now, just because I’m more focused,” White told Access Hollywood. “I’m more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, and how to practice more consistently.”
White is currently in Los Angeles promoting his Air & Style festival which will take place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this weekend.
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