KEY POINTS

  • Shaun White said his girlfriend Nina Dobrev's "love and support" have been "incredible" during his final Olympic Games
  • The athlete appreciated Dobrev's sweet gestures, including making a video of his family and friends expressing support for him
  • White described his competition in Beijing as a "wonderful" and "strange" experience

Shaun White may not have gotten any medals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, but he has the love and support of his girlfriend Nina Dobrev.

After placing fourth in his final run at the Beijing 2022 Olympics, the snowboarder gushed over his girlfriend and hinted at his future plans following his final Games.

"Her love and support [have] been incredible," White told E! News. "She's just been, every step of the way, meeting me, through training, calling me, hiding notes and things in my bag, just anything to brighten my day."

The five-time Olympian continued, "She knew all of my friends and family couldn't be there and she got everyone together and made this incredible video of everyone saying how much they wish they could be there and sending their love and support. I've been playing that video every day while I'm here to get pumped up and feel support from back home. So that was just so wonderful. It really set the tone for the rest of the trip."

White is looking forward to the future, sharing that he "can't wait to get back and see [Dobrev], see my family and start this next chapter of my life."

His statement about starting a new chapter with Dobrev came after an unnamed source close to the athlete and the actress told Page Six that they "would not be surprised if an engagement happens [between the couple] any day now."

White, 35, announced that he is officially retiring from competing last week. He described his time in Beijing as a "wonderful" and "strange" experience, revealing that while it was "hard," he appreciated the support from fans and the respect his competitors showed him.

White also shared some of the "amazing" stories he'd heard from some of his snowboarding competitors. According to the athlete, one told him that when they first started snowboarding, they used White's pro model board and jacket.

White added that he was glad to "hear that I'd influenced them and propelled them in this trajectory and showed them the level of career that's possible within the sport."

"And people that just like, ‘Man, I wanted to beat you for so long.' You know? ‘But I respect you and I'm so honored to be here on your last dance,'" he continued. "That was very emotional and incredible and I broke down and let the emotions hang out there. I'm just so happy, I'll cherish that moment forever."

While he's retiring from competing, White said during a Feb. 5 press conference that he won't leave the sport for good because "there's still a life to be had within the sport outside of competition."

White and Dobrev have been dating since April 2020, according to reports, but made their relationship Instagram-official in May that year.

Shaun White Olympics Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Medal Plaza on Feb. 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images