ESPN reports that Shaun White will not compete at the X Games which are set to take place in Los Angeles, on June 30. The snowboarder was supposed to defend his Skateboard Vert gold medal, but announced that he was going to sit out this competition.
Skate fans were expecting Shaun White to perform on Saturday, June the 30th, at the X Games in Los Angeles. His reps announced on Thursday that the skateboard will rather sit out the competition without providing any clear explanations for this decision. Samantha Hill at WTK Public Relations added that White has had a “lively year”, so far and he is now trying to enjoy his summer.
Half pipe stalwart Pierre-Luc Gagnon was supposed to compete against Shaun during this summer’s edition of the X Games. Last year, the 25-year-old American snowboarder snatch the victory from Gagnon who was about to get his fourth-consecutive Skateboard Vert gold medal, but left with a silver medal, in the end.
Gagnon told ESPN reporters that he was expecting White not to compete this year because the latter didn’t practice enough. The Skateboard Vert gold medal winner spent the last months in New York, so he didn’t have a ramp to skate until now. The 32-year-old Canadian explained that Shaun is not the kind of sports man who would take part in a competition if he is not really prepared for it. In addition, he probably wants to relax after having such a great snowboard season this year.
Indeed, Shaun White had numerous accomplishments in snowboarding this winter. He won three gold medals at Winter X Games and a perfect SuperPipe score in Aspen. He was later on, awarded with two gold medals in Tignes, France, in SuperPipe and Slopestyle.
Despite White’s decision to sit out of this summer’s X Games, Luc Gagnon is determined to improve his game tactics and to continue with what he has been doing in the past 15 years. He confessed that he has been skating every day and this has enabled him to get a few tricks down.