Whoa! We didn’t see this coming.
Shaun White is taking a break from snowboarding to tour with his band, Bad Things.
The 27-year-old made the shock announcement Tuesday, shortly after his fourth place finish in the men’s halfpipe snowboarding final at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The two time reigning Gold medalist has been snowboarding since age six, receiving his first sponsorship at seven—and has competed in a total of three Winter Olympics so far in his career.
White has struggled with a number of injuries lately which may account for his surprise announcement.
Even while training and competing in the past, the athlete has always been passionate about music though, explaining he takes his commitment to Bad Things, in which he plays guitar, very seriously.
“I drop everything for these guys. [Photo] shoots, practice, anything I need to do,” he told Rolling Stone last year.
“Because it’s a very serious thing for us. … I stop snowboarding and I completely dive into skating. I forget everything about snowboarding…and I focus completely on skateboarding. And that’s how its been for music.”
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