If Jeff Gordon Had a Wish, It Would Involve Shaun White

Christopher Olmstead@@whooyouknowitSenior Analyst IIIApril 16, 2013


There are only so many questions that you can ask an athlete.

When your name is Jeff Gordon and you have been in the business for as long as he has, there aren't many uncovered topics. Recently, while visiting an elementary school, Gordon was posed with a very common question. However, in this case, it was a question that Gordon himself hadn't really been posed with before.

The gist of the question was quite simple. Gordon was asked which athlete he wished he could be if he wasn't himself. His answer might come across to some as surprising, Shaun White.

White is a professional snowboarder and skateboarder. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He has won a combined 24 gold medals from competing in the X Games, Winter X Games and the Dew Tour. White has twice been named Transworld Snowboarding's Rider of the Year.

For some, the world of NASCAR and that of the X Games may seem miles apart. However, in their own right, both of these can be considered extreme sports.

According to a recent article by Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com, "it's the fact that White can do things Gordon only wishes he could do that really has the Hendrick Motorsports driver admiring his skills." In the article, Gordon comments on his wish to be White.

Flying through the air on a skateboard or a snowboard is something I think would be pretty awesome to do. He's won gold medals, X-Games and I've met Shaun, and he is a great kid too.

Growing up as a kid, I used to ride a skateboard.

Tony Hawk is a guy that I always idolized, but I was never really on a half-pipe and things. Shaun is kind of the ultimate when you think of it now.

Gordon is a born and raised California kid. 

If you think about it, it kind of makes sense for him to have an interest in extreme sports. California is without question one of the better areas of the country to get involved in such activities. Ultimately though, Gordon's talents were in the world of auto racing.

It's always fun to hear who athletes admire or wish they could be like. In the case of Gordon, it's especially cool seeing as how he and White are in completely different sports.

Although Gordon will most likely never find the success that White has in snowboarding, it doesn't stop him from hitting the slopes.

In the article, Gordon makes mention of a recent snowboarding trip that he took during NASCAR's last off weekend. This of course brought up the question of whether or not such things were allowed by his NASCAR team.

I might (have it in my contract), but it doesn't stop me, Gordon said with a laugh.

I try to be smart in everything I do and not go do something that is going to get myself injured (or) push the limits.

Gordon may want to stop wishing to be White and start wishing for better luck.

Thus far in 2013, Gordon and his No. 24 team can't seem to buy themselves any god fortune. Gordon is currently 15th in the point standings, 35 points behind 10th place.

At Daytona this year, Gordon restarted the race in the top five with three laps to go. After not being able to find drafting help, he wound up finishing 20th. At Bristol, he cut a tire while leading late in the race causing him to finish 34th. Last week in Texas, Gordon was running third with less than 30 laps to go when he broke a right-front hub. He ended up coming home in 38th.

This weekend Gordon will look to rebound in Kansas. Maybe he should invite White to the race for luck. After all, they're both sponsored by Pepsi and at this point Gordon should be willing to try anything. 


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