Thomas said he and White, who have known each other for nearly 20 years, began chatting as friends while Vito and White trained in New Zealand in October. I started giving him my two cents, and we took it from there.” In December, White competed for the second time since the Sochi Olympics at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., the same ski resort that hosted that final 2002 Olympic qualifier. When he’s feeling good, everyone else is in trouble.” White is competing this weekend for the first time since Dew Tour, entered in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the U. White said Wednesday that he wasn’t sure if he would try to qualify for the 2018 Olympic team in slopestyle. As for White’s coach at the last three Olympics, Bud Keene, both said they parted amicably after the Sochi Olympics.

One week after losing to Thomas in the Olympic qualifier, White earned his first Winter X Games medal, a halfpipe silver behind Thomas.

“He’s been close to unbeatable ever since that whole [2002] season,” Thomas said.

Keene was at White’s side for a last-minute decision to compete at the 2015 Winter X Games, but that was a one-off deal.

“Bud and I had a great run together, and we did some amazing things,” White said.

“Having someone like Bud around for the Olympic run was nice, it was great to have somebody in my corner, but as a full-time coach it just didn’t really work for me,” White said.

Plus, White planned to take the entire 2014-15 season off from competition, and he and Keene had “two-year chill-out periods” between past Olympics, Keene said.

Vito went to Chicago and did some riding of his own with a night skyline backdrop along Lake Michigan. No American won a medal for the first time in Olympic history (dating to 1998). “I think I would’ve ridden well in Sochi because the tricks I do, I can land any time anywhere.

You put me in a crappy pipe that’s going to be scary, and I’ll put something down.

The man who kept a 15-year-old Shaun White from making the 2002 Olympic team is now helping White’s bid to make the 2018 Olympic team. It’s funny how life goes around.” In 2002, White and Thomas were both in the running for the fourth and final U. Olympic men’s halfpipe berth for the Salt Lake City Winter Games.

White, the 20 Olympic halfpipe champion, has been working with a new (sort of) coach, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist J. Thomas, since an October training camp in New Zealand. Thomas beat White in the fifth and final qualifying competition to keep White from becoming the youngest American to compete in a Winter Olympics since 1992 (and younger than any American to compete in the 2006, 20 Olympics, too).

That means he also plans to compete in Air & Style for the first time since he bought a majority stake in the company before the Sochi Olympics.