PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 14 : Within minutes of winning a landmark third Olympic gold medal with a stunning performance in the snowboard halfpipe final on Wednesday, Shaun White was already looking to the future.
White will be 35 by the time the next Winter Olympics is held in Beijing in four years’ time but the American’s focus is on a less distant goal.
He wants to go to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 to compete in skateboarding, which will be making its Olympic debut in Japan.
White’s assertion that he could compete with the world’s best skateboarders in Tokyo was not as outlandish as it might sound at first.
As his snowboarding career was just taking off, White was also competing as a professional skateboarder, winning Vert gold at the 2007 X Games, just a year after his first Olympic gold in the halfpipe.