It looks to be an end of an era for Shaun White as, according to his Facebook account, he is “changing careers” from snowboarding to music. There hasn’t been any real gossip or news about this except for the image he, or his PR team, posted up on his Facebook account… which doesn’t exactly say he’s retiring.
So until an official press release from Camp White, we can only speculate as to what this means. But it’s big news nonetheless. I don’t see him fully removing himself from snowboarding or skateboarding, but taking the “mainstream pro athlete” approach and heading over to the broadcasters desk. If he’s anything like Charles Barkley on camera, he’s got a solid career ahead of him. That snowboarder is mad entertaining!
Following in his older brother’s footsteps, White switched from skiing to snowboarding at age six, and by age seven he received his first sponsorship. He has participated in three Winter Olympics in his career. At both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, White won gold in the snowboarding half-pipe event. White has also participated in the Winter X Games, where he has won a medal every year since 2002. Including all winter X Games competitions through 2013, his medal count stands at 18 (13 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), among which is the first quadruple win streak by a male athlete in one discipline, the snowboard slopestyle.