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On Road to 5th Olympics, White Finds the Risk Is Worth It

Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, bites his medal during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. As Shaun White embarked this month on the quest to make his fifth Olympics, the world’s most famous halfpipe rider finds living a life full of calculated risks is still part of his DNA. It's a mindset that is less taken for granted these days in all-or-nothing sports like his than it was a mere 12 months ago.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, bites his medal during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. As Shaun White embarked this month on the quest to make his fifth Olympics, the world’s most famous halfpipe rider finds living a life full of calculated risks is still part of his DNA. It's a mindset that is less taken for granted these days in all-or-nothing sports like his than it was a mere 12 months ago. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP) -- One of Shaun White’s greatest fears is finding himself upside-down above a halfpipe with no idea where he’s going to land.

Time and again over two decades, he has decided the risk is worth it.