Shaun White has proven over the years that he’s equally talented at both skateboarding and snowboarding, winning almost every major award imaginable. He can be seen all over TV screens performing one of the two activities depending on the time of year, but earlier this week the 26-year-old made it clear that he’s taking a break from his skateboard for awhile.
White has a lot on his plate over the next year or so – two Winter X Games, World Cup qualifiers and the Sochi Winter Olympics – so it’s not surprising he wants to focus on snowboarding and winning the Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle at the Olympics to add to his two prior gold medals. Back in 2010, he took a year hiatus from skateboarding competitions before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and this time around could be upwards of 14 months.
“I don't intend to skateboard the year before the Olympics,” White told ESPN. “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.”
The last time White competed in a major skate event was back in October 2011, when he came in second at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, just months after capturing X Games gold in vert for the second time in his career. Last summer he decided against attempting to defend his medals.
Will the layoff help White? Will his skate career take a major hit? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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