I’ll Never Care About Shaun White
Let me just say that I have nothing personal against Shaun White. I’m sure he’s a fine human being and I have no problem with him at all. What I do have a problem with, is the way in which he’s shoved down my throat as an amazing athlete. I know he’s a phenomenal talent, and I respect him for his hard work and success, but please don’t expect me to give a damn about him as an athlete.
I think that snowboarding and skateboarding are both entertaining sports, but like golfers, I don’t consider snowboarders or skateboarders to be true athletes. So don’t expect me to be in awe of Shaun White as an amazing athlete, because I don’t think he’s an athlete at all. Tremendously skilled, yes, but a tremendous athlete, no. I know I could never do what Shaun White does, but that’s not because I don’t have the physical tools to do so.
When I think of the word ‘athlete,’ I think of a person who has an amazing array of raw physical talents – speed, strength, jumping ability, quickness, etc. I consider LeBron James or Usain Bolt to be great athletes, because they can run faster than me, jump higher than me, lift more weight than me, and either man could beat me to death with his bare hands if he wanted to. No amount of practice or effort would ever give me the same physical abilities as these men.
I don’t consider Shaun White to be an amazing athlete because I don’t think he has any more raw physical talent than the average guy. I view him much as I would the world’s greatest juggler or pool player – a highly skilled curiosity, but not a fantastic athlete.
Editors note: More things James will never care about can be found here.