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Sydney a ‘no-brainer’ for Shaun White’s winter sports festival

Sydney a ‘no-brainer’ for Shaun White’s winter sports festival
15 May
10:43

“It will be able to grow down here … plus Sydney is the only place in the world where I visited and I thought, ‘yeah, I could definitely live here.’ It’s my excuse to come here to hang and skate.”

White picked up his third Olympic gold medal at the PyeongChang games in February after beating Australian Scotty James and Japan’s Ayumu Hirano on the half-pipe, but Air + Style is by no means his retirement plan.

“Definitely not,” he said. “It might look like a distraction but it’s actually something that is keeping me focused on the sports and keeping me in the sport.

The Air + Style ramp in Los Angeles in 2016 will be replicated for the Sydney event later this year.

The Air + Style ramp in Los Angeles in 2016 will be replicated for the Sydney event later this year.

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“I definitely have my sights set on competing in China in the next (2022 Beijing) Olympics for winter but more exciting for me is that skateboarding is in the Olympics now, I’m already in practice. I was at Five Dock Skate Park before this.”

It was a bittersweet moment for White, who was mentored since childhood by professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, in PyeongChang.

In his press conference after winning gold, he was questioned about 2016 sexual harassment claims against him by his former female drummer, Lena Zawaideh, which were settled out of court in May last year. The pair were bandmates in a rock group called Bad Things.

At the time he put it down to “gossip”, later apologising for his choice of words.

Speaking about the claims in Sydney, he told Fairfax Media: “Life goes on. It’s interesting to see what people focus on, but for me it has always been about the sport and about being the best person I can.”

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