Legendary snowboarder Shaun White formally stepped away from aggressive snowboarding earlier this 12 months. Whereas saying goodbye to such an necessary chapter may really feel bittersweet, White says he is basking in his post-retirement life.
“I’ve had a tremendous run, and I believe with the ability to select when to retire actually set me as much as produce other issues moving into my life that I needed to,” the 35-year-old tells PEOPLE.
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White, who was simply 19 years outdated when he competed in his first Winter Olympics, ended his aggressive profession in Beijing on the Winter Video games in February.
Now, the California-native is specializing in what’s forward, together with a flip to style together with his new athletic life-style model, Whitespace, and his continued partnership with Ralph Lauren.
“It has been nice to have time to work on my firm, Whitespace, and be touring, and now, right here working with Ralph Lauren,” he says.
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White just lately hosted an occasion in honor of the corporate’s new ebook, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Shirt.
Ralph Lauren Occasion at American Rag in Los Angeles Hosted by Shaun White
The hardcover ebook showcases photos of the enduring Ralph Lauren shirt, together with OIympic-worn kinds.
“Clearly, [Ralph Lauren] is a tremendous sponsor and supporter of the Olympics and athletes like myself,” White tells PEOPLE.
Moreover, White launched Whitespace, an lively life-style model that he and Jesse White — his collaborator and brother — hope will “encourage the following technology of athletes.”
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“It is type of like, when you notice there may be time to do the issues that you did not have time with earlier than, that floodgate type of opens, but it surely’s been wonderful,” White says of what has been made attainable to him in retirement.
However that does not imply life in retirement has exactly gone as he imagined.
“Oh my God, no,” White says whereas laughing. “I have been so busy. I have been in Los Angeles, New York, Greece, France, Monaco, the Maldives, Dubai.”
White’s post-retirement endeavors have stored his schedule busy, however he nonetheless finds time to snowboard, the game he calls “the love of his life.”
Subsequent on his schedule is a visit to Iceland. “I am going heliboarding in Iceland, which might be wonderful,” he says. “So I am nonetheless having fun with the game although I am not competing in it.”
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Additionally, the posh of retiring on his personal phrases has made the choice a little bit simpler for White.
“It is not like I simply unexpectedly was advised I can not compete, and now I am pondering, ‘Properly, wow, this actually blindsided me What do I do now?'” he says.
“I ponder what number of soccer video games Tom Brady was hitting throughout his retirement,” White provides of the NFL quarterback, who briefly retired earlier this 12 months. “I do not actually know if it is the identical state of affairs, however I am proud of my resolution, and I will lean into it.”
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