SKATE­BOARD TO TOKYO IN ’20 NEXT?

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS | WINTER OYMPICS - Rachel Axon

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Shaun White won his third Olympic gold medal in his fourth Win­ter Games, but the snow­boarder could be look­ing for more.

White has long said that he not only wants to com­pete in an­other Win­ter Games, but that he would be in­ter­ested in the Sum­mer Olympics as well.

A five-time X Games medal­ist in skate­board­ing, White said he’s con­sid­er­ing try­ing to go for skate­board­ing’s de­but in Tokyo in 2020.

“Just to get to the Sum­mer Olympics would be amaz­ing, and it’s a big pas­sion of mine,” White said Wed­nes­day after win­ning the Olympic men’s half­pipe fi­nal. “I love to just give it my all and see what hap­pens.”

White said after tak­ing a break fol­low­ing the Pyeongchang Games he’d prob­a­bly start skate­board­ing and en­ter­ing some com­pe­ti­tions.

At 31, White al­ready is one of the old­est com­peti­tors.

In Wed­nes­day’s fi­nal, 10 of the 12 rid­ers were 23 or younger, with Ja­panese rider Yuto Tot­suka the youngest at 16.

For his part, White has said he would look to com­pete in the next Win­ter Olympics in Bei­jing in 2022 when he will be 35.

“Who knows? We talk all kinds of stuff. We talk about skate­board­ing. We talk about China Olympics, but we knew it was all de­pend­ing on how to­day went,” said JJ Thomas, White’s coach.

“And just see how this Olympics goes, and then see how the mind-set is after. Re­ally it’s about mind-set after this. He needs to ask him­self if he re­ally needs it. What does he have to prove after this? I don’t know. These are ques­tions he needs to ask him­self.”

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