"At one point I had to get a therapeutic usage exemption form and prove that I had asthma,
" White said of the hassle of participating in the Olympics with his condition. "After that they would always test and measure the dosage I had in my system very carefully
In addition, "Being an athlete in a cold weather sport is really difficult to deal with the asthma," he said. "When you use the inhaler it has a little bit of synthetic adrenaline in it, and it kind of gets you going. But in a sport like figure skating where you want to be very under control, you have to find a great balance between being able to breathe enough and feeling like you're yourself.
My doctor was able to find the correct medication for me to help me stay relaxed and calm, but at the same time be able to perform at my peak."