Shaun White’s Bumpy Ride Back to the Top

In White’s world, there is no other excuse for not winning — not a slushy halfpipe or just an off night. His loss (and that’s what he called it, not a fourth-place finish, and it’s probably what he would have called a silver medal, too) was part of what motivated him to try again.

The segment from there in Sochi to here in Pyeongchang, from age 27 to age 31, was both the hardest and the most rewarding. He rebooted by shedding many of the people around him.

“I got a new PR person, a new manager, a new agency, a physical therapist,” White said. “I started working out for the first time in my life, I’ll admit.”


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The time was not without controversy. White was accused by a former bandmate of making sexual remarks to her and making her watch “sexually disturbing videos,” and reached an undisclosed settlement with her last May.

White declined to discuss the case during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, hours after his gold medal victory.

“I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip,” he said. “I feel like

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