Sport Opinion: Shaun White had to go where he had never been to be Olympic champ again

19:04  14 february  2018
19:04  14 february  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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RED, Shaun WHITE & BLUE! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 Congrats, @ shaunwhite !! Sign your name to congratulate the 3x CHAMP ➡️ https Did he still want this? Each time he answered yes, and after a groundbreaking run, he was Olympic champion again . “It just means the world to me.

In the end, he was Olympic champion again . “We were on such a great path, and it was that true question of do I really want this?” CHAMP : Shaun White wins gold medal in men's halfpipe. COMMENTARY: Shaun White 's Winter Olympics legacy is not all golden.

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White threw the trick, the one that had sent him to the hospital five months ago, and told his coach he was scared.

In practice for the Olympic final here at Phoenix Snow Park, the memories of that crash hadn’t faded any more than the still-pink scars on White’s forehead, nose and upper lip. JJ Thomas encouraged White, telling him he had executed the trick fine.

By the time his third run in the final came around, that took a backseat to the competitiveness that has made White snowboarding’s biggest icon.

Needing to land a combination of tricks he’d never done before, White soared above the halfpipe and put down the run of his life. In the end, he was Olympic champion again.

“We were on such a great path, and it was that true question of do I really want this?” White said. “And stepping out on the snow again means that I’m willing to let this happen to myself again. That’s a big decision, and plenty of my friends were like, you’ve got medals. You’re blessed to be well off from this sport, you could easily just go sail into the sunset and write your novel.

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“But I set out to do this goal, and I stuck to it. And they helped me overcome that fear and then I did the same trick that put me in the hospital to win the Olympics. It was a true emotional trip.”

The past four years have tested White’s motivation in a sport where he became a global icon.

In the leadup to the Sochi Games, White was doing more than he ever had. In addition to competing on the halfpipe team, he qualified for the slopestyle team before pulling out of the event once he got to Russia. He was touring with his band, Bad Things. He was even trying to learn Spanish.

“In Sochi, I just didn’t have it in me,” he said. “And it’s awful to admit it, but yet it’s just unmotivated. I was slightly defeated before I got there.

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“I had this perfect storm of biting off more than I can chew during a time when I was the most unmotivated.”

That changed after Sochi.

Initially, he committed publicly to returning. But he wasn’t competing while he toured with his band and some thought he retired. He came back in 2015-16, but he pulled out of a competition after the death of a friend.

“My comeback season, life threw me a curveball,” he said. “And I’m like, what does this mean? Flips in the halfpipe don’t really mean much to me right now.”

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“Really slowly I had to find the love for the sport again.”

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Shaun White had to go where he had never been to be Olympic champ again . Needing to land a combination of tricks he ’d never completed before, White soared above the halfpipe and put down the run of his life. usatoday.com.

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That was not entirely accidental. White changed the team around him, getting a new manager, publicist, coach and physical therapist. He started working out, training off the snow in a way that motivated him to get back on it. He started traveling with Toby Miller, a young rider whose enthusiasm for the sport reminded White what he loved about it.

All was in position to aim for success in Pyeongchang, until White was trying a cab double cork 1440 in New Zealand in October.

He ended up in the hospital for five days with bruised lungs, gashes on his forehead and nose and a split upper lip. White needed 62 stitches, some of which are still in his tongue.

“You can see his face. He’s still healing,” Thomas said. “It’s just remarkable that he was able to overcome that.”

Overcoming that meant landing back-to-back 1440s after silver medalist Ayumu Hirano had done it in his run.

White did it for the first time, hitting a massive frontside double cork 1440 — which is two off-axis flips with four spins — before hitting a cab double cork 1440, the trick he had crashed on.

The tricks are dangerous enough that he didn’t practice them in combination before the competition.

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