It was just a matter of time before the conversation wound around to Winston Churchill.
Two questions, really.
That’s the charm of interviewing snowboarding and skateboarding star Shaun White. You can design a well-thought-out plan of chatter, but that would be predictable and boring, two words not belonging in any sentence with White’s name. Option two: Let White seize the conversation and run with it, taking the talk where it needs to go.
This onramp led to Churchill when talk moved to the inevitable hangover facing almost all athletes after a hugely successful turn — and in this case, a double McTwist 1260 by White in Vancouver, Canada — and resulting in a gold medal for the snowboarder in the halfpipe at the Olympics.
“It’s crazy,” White said. “A friend of mine was talking about how Winston Churchill would come out of battles and wouldn’t know what to do with himself.
“You know what I mean? It’s one of those things where you put everything on the table and you really focus on one thing and you clear that hurdle.”