Nina Dobrev marked Shaun White’s final Olympics with a sweet tribute
Although she couldn’t cheer him on in person, Nina Dobrev nonetheless supported Shaun White from afar as he competed in his final Olympics. Ahead of her professional snowboarder boyfriend’s fourth-place finish in the halfpipe at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China, Dobrev posted on Instagram that she had “already won the gold medal” with White, which she called it a “fu#%ing stud”. While White, who recently confirmed his retirement from competitive snowboarding, hasn’t added another medal to his collection this year, the vampire diary alum remained proud as ever.
The following day, Dobrev paid tribute to White’s career on Instagram, noting that she was “in awe” of his hard work, passion, determination, talent, class, fearlessness, his courage, his soul, his heart and ultimately his legacy. “I couldn’t be prouder [of] everything you have accomplished in the past 20 years as a competitor and the man you have become,” she captioned the Friday, Feb. 11, post. “You are unique. You are a true hero and you inspire me every day. The end of a chapter means the beginning of an exciting new one with endless possibilities. You will forever be the GOAT of snowboarding. Not to mention that you are also the G.(B).OAT = Greatest Boyfriend Of All Time.
The pair met at an event in Florida hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins in 2019 and began dating soon after, via People. Throughout their relationship, Dobrev has been an “incredible” source of love and support, according to White. “She’s just been, every step of the way, meeting me, through training, calling me, hiding notes and things in my bag, just anything to brighten my day,” he said. he explained to E! February 11.
That tradition continued with the Olympics when China’s COVID health and safety protocols prevented Dobrev, along with the rest of White’s friends and family, from attending the Beijing Games. The five-time Olympian shared that his girlfriend recruited his loved ones to send their love and support from home via an “incredible video” which he said plays daily “to get motivated” for his final competition. Dobrev had also hidden photos of White’s friends and family in his various bags, and even in his shoes, surprisingly. “I can’t wait to come back and see her, see my family and start this next chapter of my life,” he added in his E! interview.
In fact, things are going so well for the couple, who already share a home with their two dogs in Los Angeles, that friends are predicting a proposal in the very near future. “They’re so cute and strong together,” an unnamed “friend of the couple” recently told Page Six. “I wouldn’t be surprised if an engagement happened overnight.”
Babies could also be part of White’s “next chapter.” Talk to We Weekly in January, the snowboarder said he “would love to be a dad”, adding that the idea of having a little him “sounds so exciting”. “For a guy like me who has really invested everything in one aspect of life, which is competing in snowboarding, I feel like over the years I’ve gained a more balanced life with other things that are happening,” he said. “Something like this feels like an incredible turn of the page, a new chapter. … I want to take this.