"The fact he overcame that and even made the team, and made it in the fashion he did, is one of the best sports stories I've ever seen, heard about and, luckily, been a part of," says JJ Thomas, the Olympic bronze medalist who now serves as White's coach/riding buddy.
He spent the entire season injured, rushing back and forth between the halfpipe and slopestyle courses and, ulimately, was unable to accomplish any of his goals.
He put his once-burgeoning music career on hold — he was the guitarist in the group "Bad Things" — and got more serious about his physical fitness, cutting out alcohol and hiring a trainer and physical therapist.
He is still the biggest name in his sport, and all eyes will still be on him when the gold medal is at stake in Pyeongchang on Feb.
"It's been a long recovery from that to get to this point." In an interview with NBC, White was asked which Olympic moments inspired him the most as a child.