In a video for fans posted to Twitter and Instagram detailing plans for his immediate future, Shaun White announced that he will be taking part in a few skateboarding competitions this summer with eyes on possibly competing in the sport’s debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Noting that the lack of an update following the Sochi Winter Games four years ago led to speculation about his retirement, the three-time Olympic champion, who earlier this year won Team USA’s 100th gold medal in winter Olympic competition, said he wanted to make it clear that he was not retiring from snowboarding. Instead, White plans to test the skateboarding waters to evaluate whether or not he wants to make a serious run at Tokyo.
“I’m gonna go, you know, try myself out at these events and see where I stack up with the other skaters, then make the decision,” White said in the video.
White’s potential interest in competing in the Summer Games as a skateboarder has been speculated since the sport was officially added to the Olympic program. Skateboarding was White’s first love, growing up in skate-crazy San Diego County, and he has won six X Games medals in vert. He was the first person to win gold medals at both the summer and winter editions of the X Games.
Skateboarding’s Olympic debut will include medal events in park and street.