Shaun White Officially Announces Skateboarding Focus this Summer and 2020 Olympics Intent

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Skate or snow, does the talent transfer across disciplines? Credit: shaunwhite.com

We reported a while ago that there was a possibility that Shaun White could consider skateboarding in the 2020 summer Olympics. Turns out that ‘guess’ wasn’t far off the mark as he officially announced yesterday that he will be competing in skateboarding contests this summer before making a decision whether he will compete at the inaugural skateboarding events at the 2020 Olympics.

“I’ve entered myself in a couple of skateboard competitions this summer,” White said in a video on his social media. “I haven’t officially decided to go for the Summer Olympics in 2020 in Japan, but I’m going to go try myself out at these events and see where I stack up with the other skaters, then make the decision. But I’m definitely not retiring from the sport of snowboarding. I love it too much. I can’t walk away just yet. But in order to pursue this dream of going to the Summer Olympics, I’m going to probably take a lighter snowboarding season next year.”

White earned five X Games medals between 2005 and 2011 in skateboarding, but all of those came in vert, which is not on the Olympic program. Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games with skateboarding events in both street and park.

 


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