Big Air in Bei­jing wows White

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 11 Sports - By XIN­HUA

Leg­endary Amer­i­can rider Shaun White heaped praise on the Bei­jing round of the Air+Style FIS Snow­board Big Air World Cup, which wrapped up at the Bird’s Nest Sta­dium on Sat­ur­day.

“I’m su­per-im­pressed to­day by the men and women’s rid­ing,” said the 32-year-old White after watch­ing Olympic cham­pion Anna Gasser of Aus­tria claim the women’s ti­tle and Sven Thor­gren of Swe­den lift the men’s tro­phy.

“Watch­ing the level im­prove ev­ery year is pretty amaz­ing, but even more was the sup­port from the peo­ple. My first trip to China was for Air+Style,” added White, who is a share­holder in the global fran­chise.

“I’m so thank­ful to Bei­jing for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to be here.”

A four-time Win­ter Olympian, White is tak­ing a break from the snow to com­pete in skate­board­ing at the 2020 Tokyo Sum­mer Games.

He re­fused to say if he will make a snow­board come­back at the 2022 Bei­jing Win­ter Olympics but en­thused: “I’m so ex­cited for the 2022 Games.

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