After retiring from competitive snowboarding eight months ago, Shaun White is officially ready to take his two-year relationship with girlfriend Nina Dobrev to the next level. Now that his days of competing at the Olympics are behind him, White says he’s had more time to enjoy life with the vampire diary alum. So, is a commitment in their future?
After receiving a lifetime achievement award at the US Ski and Snowboard Gala on October 27, 2022, the former Olympian opened up to E ! New about his future plans with the actress, including whether or not he plans to pop the question anytime soon. “Time will tell,” he joked. “Things are going well with Nina and I, and I’m so excited to focus on our relationship and my relationship with other friends and family.”
White, who has spent nearly 20 years as an Olympian, says he feels like he has “so much to accomplish in my life”, so he is focused on “checking off that list”. On that list, he says, are a variety of different goals he wants to accomplish with Dobrev by his side. Next on their agenda? Travel the world together. “After the Olympics, I said to him: ‘Let’s go'”, he recalls. “Just lay it out there.” I just want to go there. I want to travel.’
Recently, the duo visited the Canadian actress’ mother in France, which the athlete says was one of their most memorable adventures. “It was just the best,” White said. “Those are the times. You can have the glitz and the glamor of it all, but the real quality family time with people is what I want the most, and now I do. Since retiring from White, they also vacationed in Costa Rica, the Maldives and Switzerland.
Earlier in 2022, when White made the decision to quit competitive snowboarding, Dobrev fully supported her boyfriend. “The end of one chapter means the start of an exciting new one with endless possibilities,” she wrote on Instagram in February 2022. “You will forever be the GOAT of snowboarding. Not to mention you are also the G.(B).OAT = Greatest Boyfriend Of All Time. 😉”
Throughout the couple’s relationship, Dobrev has been White’s number one fan. “Nina has been so supportive and so amazing through this process for me,” the athlete said. People in January 2022. “During the pandemic, she has been a lifeline. She really made this time of my life special.
The pair first hit it off during a presentation at a Tony Robbins event in 2019. A year later, the two were spotted out in public together several times, sparking dating rumours, and in April 2020, they finally confirmed their relationship status. In May 2020, the couple moved in together. They’ve spent the past two years documenting romantic getaways and sharing their love for each other on social media.