SOBBING snowboarder Shaun White retired from professional sport and said: This has been the love of my life.
The American, 35, was visibly emotional as he bowed out with a fourth-place finish in the men’s halfpipe – his signature event – which was won by Japanese talent Ayumu Hirano.
After competing in his fifth Olympic appearance, White cried tears of joy as he gave his farewell.
When he finished his last run, California’s three-time Olympic champion received a standing ovation at the Genting Snow Park.
He will return home to the US to spend more time with his wife, the Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev.
Wiping away the tears, White said: “I’m done. I’m so thankful for my career, thankful to China for having us.
“It’s been a journey, I’m just so happy, and thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
“A lot of emotions are hitting me right now, the cheering from the crowd, some kind words from my fellow competitors at the bottom, I’m so happy.
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“Snowboarding, thank you. It’s been the love of my life. I can’t wait to see where this sport goes.
“You’re going to get me ugly crying here, but I’m not upset about the result. I’m proud of the runs I put down.
“I’m proud to be here for my last goodbye. The future for me is so exciting, there’s so much I want to do in my life.
“So much to do, so much to live for, this is just the beginning for me.”