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Shaun White wins in Vail, reminds world he is not retiring

Shaun White flies through the air on his victory run through the halfpipe during the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships halfpipe finals in Vail.
Dominique Taylor / Special to the Tribune |

VAIL — Telling reporters he’s thinking about both the 2018 Olympics in Korea and the 2022 Olympics in China, Shaun White made sure he reminded the world on Saturday that he is definitely not retiring.

After landing his first run on in the Burton U.S. Open halfpipe competition, he set the record straight with reporter Tina Dixon, looking for color between runs.

“A lot of people thought i was retiring which is not something I thought of,” he said with a laugh.



Following his win, he reminded Dixon of that fact one more time.

“I feel like rumors were saying that I was retiring but I really, honestly feel like I’m just getting started,” he said.



In the press conference following the event, White said his most difficult tricks were left in his back pocket during the U.S. Open.

“I’ve got a lot of new tricks I didn’t even get to do today,” he said. “So I’m so excited about comps coming up.”

White said the Olympic highs and lows have gotten to him during his long career as a halfpipe competitor, which included Olympic wins in 2006 and 2010.



“Sochi was rough for me,” he said. “I just wanted to have some fun and take a little breather from contests and now that I’m back at it, it just feels right. It feels good.”

While taking a year off competition in 2014-15, White dabbled in other areas including playing guitar in his rock band, Bad Things.

“I took last season off just to get pumped on the sport again,” he said.

Another area of focus for him was his Air & Style snowboarding events and competitions in Innsbruck, Los Angeles and Bejing.

“You do the Olympics and then afterwards it drops off,” he said of snowboarding and fan support. “I think there is a way to keep snowboarding on that up the whole time with a lot of riders, me being one, that say that a change is coming and we’re all excited for it.”


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