Shaun White won his third Olympic gold medal in Snowboard Halfpipe this week and has stated to USA Today that he not only intends to compete in another Winter Olympics, but is also considering an attempt to skateboard at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
“Just to get to the Summer Olympics would be amazing, and it's a big passion of mine,” White said on Wednesday. “I’d love to just give it my all and see what happens.”
Skateboarding (along with surfing, another one of White’s pursuits) will be making its debut at the 2020 Games and it is certainly an intriguing prospect for the 31-year-old.
For a few years, White would regularly compete in the Winter X Games in Snowboarding and then the Summer X Games in Vert Skateboarding. He even won two X Games gold medals in Vert Skateboarding (2007 and 2011), being the first person to win an X Games gold medal in both the Winter and Summer.
Some 136 athletes over the years have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, with only five having medaled in both. And only Eddie Eagan has won an Olympic gold in both Games. It was also much more common in the early era of the Olympics for athletes to compete in multiple sports, unlike the modern era now where athletes are hyper-focused on their individual pursuits.
Surely, it will be a point of discussion as we grow nearer to skateboarding’s debut in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Come then, White will be 33 and it does not seem out of the question for him to still be extremely relevant in skateboarding at that time.
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