Shaun White's Olympic Career in Photos: 'Snowboarding [Has] Been the Love of My Life'

The professional snowboarder and three time gold medalist competed in his fifth and final Olympic Games this year 

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2006: Shaun White Makes His First Olympic Appearance

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Shaun White was just 19 years old when he competed in his first Winter Olympics. The snowboarder, easily recognizable because of his red hair, was nicknamed the "Flying Tomato" at the 2006 Games.

Pictured: White and fellow Team USA members Mason Aguirre and Daniel Kass celebrate at the Opening Ceremony.

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2006: Shaun White Wins His First Gold Medal

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White nearly didn't win the halfpipe competition in 2006 — his first run only earned him 37.7 points. But he continued on, earning a 45.3 on his second run and then a 46.8 in the finals. After his impressive performance, White earned his first gold medal.

Pictured: White Celebrates his gold medal win.

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2010: Shaun White Competes in the 2010 Winter Games

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White was back at the Vancoucer Olympics in 2010, once again showing off his skills in the halfpipe competition.

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2010: Shaun White Wins His Second Gold Medal

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White's first run at the 2010 Winter Games was good enough to secure him the gold, but he opted to do a second run, ending the competition with a total of 48.6 points out of 50, and adding another gold medal to his resume.

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2010: Shaun White Celebrates His Second Gold

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White looked ecstatic to win his second gold medal, celebrating with the crowd in Vancouver.

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2014: Shaun White Returns for Sochi Olympics

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The snowboarder was back — and with a new, much shorter haircut! — for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Here, he walks in his third Opening Ceremony.

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2014: Shaun White Places 4th at Sochi Games

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Unfortunately, White came up short at the Games. Initially meant to compete in both the halfpipe and slopestyle events, White withdrew from the slopestyle competition just before the Games, and finished fourth in the halfpipe event.

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2018: Shaun White Heads to Fourth Olympics

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Ahead of the PyeongChang Games, the snowboarder crashed on a superpipe in New Zealand in 2017, with his injury requiring 62 stitches. Luckily, he managed to heal in time to qualify for the Games.

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2018: Shaun White Wins Gold in PyeongChang

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Though the competition was an extremely close one and White wasn't favored to win, the Olympian managed to dramatically take home his third gold medal by landing two 1440s back to back, earning a score of 97.75.

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2018: Shaun White Celebrates His Third Gold

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The snowboarder savored his victory on the podium, celebrating his third gold medal at the PyeongChang Games.

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2022: Shaun White Competing in Beijing

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In 2022, the snowboarder was back again and looking to earn one last gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. White said of qualifying for his fifth Games, "It's been a whirlwind, but I'm going to give it everything I have and see where the cards end up."

Shaun White is the oldest competitor in the discipline at age 35 and the oldest Team USA halfpipe rider.

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2022: Shaun White's Last Olympics

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Ahead of the Beijing Olympics, White announced that these would be his last Games — and days later, said he was retiring from competition for good once he returns home.

The 35-year-old snowboarder told PEOPLE of his decision in December 2021, "It is one of those things where I have accomplished so much. I think it would be a different story if I had come close to the gold four times and this was my last chance ... Having such a long and amazing career, now at this point in my life, I can go back and go 'Wow, it's been incredible.'"

He added, "I don't think I will ever leave the sport. It is just me taking on a new role which is empowering and exciting."

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2022: Men's Halfpipe Qualifiers

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White's appearance at the halfpipe qualification round was a nail-biter — the snowboarder found himself in 19th place after his first run, when he fell after attempting his signature trick, the double McTwist 1260. Luckily, White completed his second run, scoring a 86.25, and qualified in the Top 12 for the men's halfpipe finals.

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2022: Men's Halfpipe Finals

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White ended his Olympic career on Feb. 10, 2022 with a fourth place halfpipe finish with a best score of 85.00. His best score came in his second run, and White was unable to improve upon it, falling in his third and final attempt.

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2022: An Emotional Finish

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After his third run, White was visibly emotional, with tears in his eyes as he appeared to say "that's it" while cameras rolled.

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2022: Saying Goodbye

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Fighting back tears, White said, "I just want to thank everybody for watching. Everyone at home, Thank you. Snowboarding, thank you. It's been the love of my life."

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