Shaun White's next Olympic appearance might not be on a snowboard

Shaun White notched his third gold medal as a snowboarder in men’s halfpipe at the Olympics on Wednesday in PyeongChang, winning an event he has owned since the 2006 Games. His next Olympic appearance might be somewhat different.

Currently embroiled in a litany of sexual misconduct allegations, White still addressed his future plans during his press conference after winning gold. While he did not commit to competing in either, he does seem interested in both skateboarding’s debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and in snowboarding at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States looks on following his first run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States warms up ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States warms up ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Shaun White of the United States crashes in his second run during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States warms ahead of the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA in action during the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA celebrates his 98.50 score after the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US Shaun White competes during qualification of the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Pyeongchang-gun , South Korea - 13 February 2018; Shaun White of USA in action during the Halfpipe Qualifications on day four of the Winter Olympics at the Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaun White of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Qualification on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Shaun White of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Shaun White of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Halfpipe Qualification - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 13, 2018 - Shaun White of the U.S. reacts after his run. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Competing in either would further put White in unprecedented territory as an athlete. White already owns three of the six gold medals ever given out in men’s halfpipe snowboarding at the Olympics and a fourth would make him nearly untouchable in snowboarding history.

An appearance in Tokyo might be a little trickier for White, who hasn’t competed as a skateboarder at the X Games since he won the Vert event in 2011.

He will certainly face strong challengers who have focused their careers on skateboarding, but White seemed confident in his chances per the Kyodo News.

“I really do think I could be competitive. It’s like this muscle memory. A lot of tricks here are very similar to skateboarding. I really think I’ve got a great shot.”

Maybe an appearance at either Olympics is optimistic thinking given that White is already a member of snowboarding’s old guard at 31 years old. But when you can do this at 31, who says you can’t stay competitive at 35?

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