Updated: January 20, 2022 05:43 PM
Created: January 20, 2022 01:42 PM
Shaun White once topped the podium at Giants Ridge. And it was when his snowboard was almost as big as he was.
In White's social media post from Wednesday, he showcases that moment from his childhood, adding the message, "The thought of this being my last Olympics makes me stop and look back over the years. It’s been an incredible run. I'm 35 years old and I've spent 29 of them on a board...23 of them as a professional!! As a kid, the Olympics didn't even have snowboarding. I just loved doing it. Snowboarding gave me purpose and brought my family together. I'm so proud that I helped grow and shape the sport into what it is today. I can't wait to see where the next generation takes it."
Giants Ridge was pretty pumped up about the post.
"When we saw it, we knew we had to share it. It's pretty cool that somebody as noteworthy as Shaun White has competed at the Ridge. That picture was taken right outside of our old chalet," Benji Neff shared. He's the Director of Mountain Sports. "It's kind of neat because Giants Ridge is kind of Olympic themed, with all of our alpine trails named for Olympic venues."
The picture also made it on Good Morning America on Thursday morning, where White was interviewed about the upcoming Olympics. "I'm so honored to make. The team is just incredible and I get to be an Olympian again. You get to run out of the tunnel with Team USA, and it's just so exciting."
He went to say, "I was 7 years old when I got my first snowboard, from Jake Burton, who unfortunately passed away recently. He gave me that start. Wow, if I could be that for the next generation, some young boy or girl or, whoever is starting up, and has that spark and excitement for the sport, to be there to support with my wisdom."
The Ridge is hosting the NORAM Snowboard Race this weekend.
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