PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White alike some of his tough times, when he felt burnt out as a snowboarder heading into a Sochi Games, with a many flashy Olympian of all time.
White was asked during a press discussion Thursday how his fourth-place halfpipe finish in Sochi encouraged him to come behind for a fourth Olympic run. He goes for his third halfpipe bullion award on Tuesday night (ET).
“I watched a Michael Phelps documentary, videos on him and him usually going to a pool each singular day, like that life we can suppose can get tough,” White said. “Same for me [before Sochi]. The same things that got me vehement and encouraged weren’t unequivocally operative anymore.”
Phelps, a 28-time Olympic medalist, spoke plainly in 2015 and 2016 about a miss of passion for swimming heading into London 2012, where he still won 6 medals, including 4 golds, though mislaid dual particular races after going 8 for 8 in 2008.
White was there in London to watch Phelps mangle gymnast Larisa Latynina’s record for career Olympic medals. White, an NBC Olympics match in 2012, sat in a Olympic Aquatics Stadium stands with Phelps’ family and indication Bar Refaeli that night.
In 2013, Phelps returned a preference by congratulating White on his final X Games win on Twitter.
Similar to Phelps in that era, White was unbeatable in 2006 and 2010, winning both Olympic contests with an early run that authorised him to take a feat path with his finale.
After 2010, White went for more. He assimilated a band. He wanted dual some-more Olympic bullion medals, subordinate in a new eventuality of slopestyle before dropping it on a eve of a Games.
Then he finished fourth in a halfpipe final. Many suspicion he would retire.
“At a time we was blazing out. It’s tough to admit,” White pronounced Thursday. “At a time my heart wasn’t in it. After that Olympics, a easy repair is if we weren’t clever enough, if we didn’t have a right tricks. But removing a mindset improved is unequivocally hard. we don’t know how to report it. It’s like if you’ve ever been in a attribute and someone is like, they adore you. we wish we could flip a switch and adore we behind … adore snowboarding like we did when we was 7.”
White, now 31, found some of a passion again after mostly holding off a 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
He and longtime coach/friend Bud Keene split ways. The rope pennyless up.
White is now roving with 2002 Olympic bronze medalist J.J. Thomas, 17-year-old supplement Toby Miller and Esther Lee, a earthy therapist who used to work with Venus and Serena Williams. All new to his environment given Sochi.
He notched matter wins during final season’s U.S. Open and an Olympic qualifier final month where he scored a ideal 100 (only a final run in a competition can measure a 100).
But Japan’s Ayumu Hirano won X Games dual weeks ago – an eventuality that White skipped – with back-to-back double cork 1440s. His run scored a 99, unofficially a homogeneous of a ideal measure since there was still one supplement left to take a run.
White has nonetheless to lift off a back-to-back 1440s in a contest, but he hopes to do it here. He might need to.
Win or lose, White is not approaching to exit a Olympic theatre like Phelps did in Rio. White has oral about perplexing for a 2020 Games in skateboarding and even another Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.
Then maybe he’ll flog behind like a swimmer.
“I saw him in Brazil,” during a Rio Olympics, White remembered. “He was like upstairs smoking a cigar somewhere. I’m substantially not ostensible to contend that. But we consider it was after a event, obviously.”