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Shaun White starts prep for snowboarding season

Shaun White

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 22: Shaun White of the United States speaks to media and fans after first elimination run of the men’s snowboard superpipe at Winter X Games 2015 Aspen at Buttermilk Mountain on January 22, 2015, in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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So far, Shaun White‘s plan is to compete at the next Winter X Games.

“But I’m still waiting to lock in my season plans,” the two-time Olympic halfpipe champion said in a Q&A on the Seattle Times website on Wednesday.

White, 29, said he would go to New Zealand next month to “start putting some new tricks into my run” but did not specify which tricks. The X Games are Jan. 28-31 in Aspen, Colo.

White’s only competition since finishing fourth in the Sochi Olympic halfpipe was last January’s Winter X Games, where he also placed fourth.

It marked his first halfpipe defeat at the X Games since 2007.

“His career is far from over, athletically,” White’s longtime coach, Bud Keene, told The Associated Press before White finished fourth behind winner Danny Davis on Jan. 22. “He’s still, hands down, the best halfpipe rider in the world, and not by a small margin.”

White has spent more time touring with his band, Bad Things, than competing since the Sochi Olympics but has said (and continued to say Wednesday) that he hopes to be at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, which would be his fourth Winter Games.

White was the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and, in 2018, would be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarder. The sport debuted at the Olympics in 1998.

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