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Shaun White’s Winter Olympics career might be over — maybe — after picking up a third gold in halfpipe snowboarding.
His Summer Olympics career might just be getting started.
The 31-year-old is ready to return to exchange his snowboard for a skateboard with an eye on making it to Tokyo in 2020 when skateboarding makes its Olympic debut.
“My big choice right now is honestly to go to the Summer Games,” White said after becoming the second American to win gold in three different Winter Games. “I'm excited about it. The motivation will be there. It's something new. It's less gear. It's new competitors. I can be home and compete.”
This isn’t some sort of flier. White is an accomplished skateboarder, racking up five X Games medals in the vert ramp before turning his attention to snowboarding. Now, it appears it’s time for the pendulum to swing back.
While the vert ramp won’t be part of the Olympic program, White is intrigued by park skateboarding — which mixes vertical jumps with street features like rails and stairs.
“If I can learn those tricks and continue on for the year I won’t have to relearn everything,” White said. “I really feel like I have a great shot. A lot of the guys competing in skating are ex-vert riders now.”