The San Diegan enters his fourth Winter Olympics with hopes of medaling after placing fourth in the Sochi, Russia Games in 2014.
Here’s what else you should know to catch up with one of the greatest snowboarders of all time.
He was burned out in Sochi but says he’s changed his mindset for Pyeongchang.
White won gold in the Winter Olympics for halfpipe in 2006 and 2010, so it was a shock to the snowboarding world when he placed fourth in Sochi.
“At the time I was burning out. It’s hard to admit,” White said Thursday. “At the time my heart wasn’t in it. After that Olympics, the easy fix is if you weren’t strong enough, if you didn’t have the right tricks. But getting the mindset better is really hard. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like if you’ve ever been in a relationship and someone is like, they love you. I wish I could flip a switch and love you back … love snowboarding like I did when I was 7.”
How has he achieved that? He says he rides with friends and has created more balance in his life outside of the sport.
“The biggest improvement was getting right with myself, getting right with my mind-set and being inspired again, being excited being a snowboarder and just go to the mountain and take runs for fun, get back to those beginning reasons of why I did the sport in the first place,” he said in January.
He’s coming back from a brutal October 2017 injury.
During a training run on a halfpipe in New Zealand on Oct. 20, White crash-landed on the top edge of it, smashing his face. He required 62 stiches to fix it back up, and still dealt with blood in his lungs during recovery from surgery.
Watch video of the crash here. Viewer discretion advised.
He’s got some monster tricks planned for 2018.
White landed the trick that he crashed on in New Zealand, the double cork 1440, at the U.S. Grand Prix in January, earning him a perfect 100 score and sealing his place in the Olympics. At the event, he also landed a Double McTwist 1260 — his signature move — proving he can pull off two of the most difficult moves in the sport.
White hopes to pull off the same combination in Pyeongchang. Watch video of him landing the double 1440 here.
Watch him in the halfpipe competition on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
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