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Shaun White’s Last Dance Could End on Podium

  • White qualified for the Olympic men's snowboard halfpipe final after falling on his first run.
  • He has won a record three Olympic snowboarding gold medals.
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Shaun White wants another big Olympic moment before he calls it a career — and, in his last finals ever, he’s got a chance at a podium.

After falling on his first run in the men’s snowboard halfpipe qualifying, White came back with a score of 86.25 on his second — good enough for fourth and a spot in the medal round.

The 35-year-old recently announced that the 2022 Games will be his final competition as a professional snowboarder, citing the mounting injuries he’s suffered in recent years. If this is it, he’ll retire with the best snowboarding career of all time.

  • He won gold in the halfpipe at three of his four Olympics (2006, ‘10, ‘18), the most golds in Olympic snowboarding history and tied for the most overall snowboarding medals.
  • White has won 15 X-Games gold medals across various snowboarding and skateboarding disciplines — the most all-time.

His lengthy run of dominance on the snow has led to big profits: He has an estimated net worth of $65 million.

White holds numerous endorsement deals — and left his longtime partnership with Burton in January to start his own brand, Whitespace.

White (+500*) is the third-favorite behind Japan’s Ayumu Hirano (+150*) and Australia’s Scotty James (+250*) to win gold. The top prize could be too much to ask for in his swan song, but he has shocked the world before — he stole the gold from Hirano in 2018 on his final run.

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