“I’ve at all times been an envoy for the game,” he admitted. “However it’s such a brand new sport, we do not have the jerseys hanging from the rafters but. I really feel like I am transferring into the function of that throughout the sport. Even with the opposite riders the place we have been rivals, we have been gunning for a similar factor. And now being in the identical zone with them and never being on the hunt for medals, I can actually form of join with folks and rivals within the sport in a brand new approach.”
However on whether or not there are any moments of doubt about his exit from the professional side of snowboarding, Shaun is simply trying ahead to carving his new path.
“There hasn’t been that knee jerk like, ‘I’ve to be again,'” he confessed. “I am simply grateful to be on this headspace the place I am at in my life and profession, as a result of I really feel like I have been in a position to do loads of work on myself. And it is actually helped me form of step into this new chapter with a little bit of grace. It has been one thing that has been on my thoughts for a while, however you by no means actually give it some thought till you are crossing that bridge and go, ‘Oh wow, that is that second that is so surreal.'”
Because the Olympian put it: “To be the place I am at right this moment and simply being glad and being content material with sure issues, it has been such an incredible feeling.”