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Shaun White talks of ‘last dance sort of glow’ to upcoming final Olympic run

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Story at a glance

  • Shaun White confirmed that his upcoming run at the Beijing Winter Olympics will be his last.
  • The four-time winter Olympian and a three-time Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe snowboarding holds the most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder.
  • White said the decision to end his Olympic career came following “little signs.”

As Shaun White prepares for his fifth and final Olympics in Beijing, aiming for a fourth gold medal for halfpipe snowboarding, the Olympian opened up about the excitement and nostalgia of the upcoming run.  

“I’m so honored to make the team; it is just incredible and I get to be an Olympian again. Get to run out of the tunnel with Team USA, it’s just so exciting,” White told “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “To be atop a sport like this for this long, I feel so honored to be doing that.” 

White recently announced and confirmed to “GMA” that this will be his final Olympics. “I’ve got this last dance sort of glow to it,” White said.  


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His decision to end his Olympic career came following “little signs.” 

“I was having a little knee injury here, a little ankle injury there, just these little things,” White said. “And I remember my back hurting one day and my buddies were like, ‘What happened?’ And I was like, ‘Nothing, it just hurts.” 

Since winning his first Olympic gold medal in 2006 at the age of 19, White has gone on to become a four-time winter Olympian and a three-time Olympic gold medalist in halfpipe snowboarding, even holding the most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder. 

“I’ll never forget winning and sliding down and seeing my whole family,” White said, “and they’re just crying and tears of joy — the whole crowd and that feeling you get.” 


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