Shaun White fans will just have to wait a little longer to see their beloved redhead compete, because he doesn’t have any plans to defend his skateboard title this year at the X Games. The 25-year old is reportedly just going to take it easy for a while, according to his publicist.
“This has been a lively year so far; he’s now getting back on his skateboard and is excited for summer.”
White, who is proficient in the sports of skate/snowboarding and won a gold medal at last year’s X Games for his Skateboard Vert skills, is also a spokesman for several companies, including Stride Gum and American Express. Being so highly sought after means his schedule is packed with non-sports activities, and some think he’s just gotten burned out. But that doesn’t mean he’s abandoned his first love, or that he’s not thinking about his future. He just doesn’t do things half-assed.
“I was kind of expecting him not to skate this year,” X Games rival Pierre Luc Gagnon said. “I know Shaun’s been in New York and I know he doesn’t have a ramp to skate right now. I definitely had a feeling that [X Games] didn’t seem like his main priority, and he’s not the kind of guy to show up and wing it.”
Of course, TMZ has reported that Shaun is currently dating Bar Refaeli, and if that’s true we can’t blame the guy for taking some much-needed down time.