SALT LAKE CITY -- Shaun White may have experienced a mid-life crisis of sorts when he turned 25 on Saturday, yet the Olympic gold medalist and reigning X Games champ still dreams big.
On Thursday he promised a few special skateboard tricks at this week's Dew Tour stop in Salt Lake City.
"I've tried some things lately that have been giving me a hard time," said White, who is pre-qualified for Saturday's skateboard vert finals. "I don't want to give them away ... but I definitely have some good runs and big air and special tricks I'm hoping to land."
White is every bit as youthful with his signature red hair bursting out of a black fedora. Though he's been competing internationally now for more than a dozen years, he said a variety of projects keep life refreshing.
He has his own clothing line, a new deal with Vail Resorts and is designing a 22-foot halfpipe at Lake Tahoe. He is also set to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the Sochi Games in 2014, and dreams of going for gold if skateboarding becomes an Olympic sport.
"That would be amazing to do a winter and summer scenario," White said.
White's energy certainly is.
"I don't know how certain athletes only do one sport," said White, who jokes that his next sport will be Fantasy Football. "I'm always doing something different so it stays fun and exciting."
Turning 25, though, was a bit unnerving.
"I don't know if you'd call it a midlife crisis but an early life crisis," he quipped.
"I thought, 'Man, I need a sports car. OK, I got one.' I'm like, 'What can I do that would be crazy?' It was a humbling moment to feel satisfied."
White may feel comfortable in his own skin, or line of skinny jeans, T-shirts and hats sold at Target stores. But satisfied? Hardly.
Asked if there were any tricks he wouldn't try?
"Dare I say limitless?" White responded, before noting that was the movie he watched Wednesday night.
He said the pressure from judges and fans hardly compares to what he puts on himself.
"I really push forward ... to do something nobody has done before. I have to look forward to stuff like that or it becomes the same," he said.
When asked what can be done to improve safety in action sports, White said, "Lots of foam."
He was quick to add that competitors should play within their limits.
"I see friends coaxed into doing things all the times that are just way out of their skill set and they crash and pay for it," he said.
He suggested they go with a friend who knows the sport and take precautions. And by all means, he said, "Don't follow me."
A year ago he landed his signature Armadillo -- a frontside heel flip varial 540 -- in Salt Lake City. Perhaps a new move will be named after his French bulldog Rambo.
White always seems to have something up his sleeve, or on his planner. So much is never too much, he said.
"When I was younger I lived at the beach in California and I would leave from there and go to the mountains then immediately come home," he said. "So every time I went to the mountains it was special, refreshing."