Professional snowboarder and Olympic Medalist Scotty Lago is a Seabrook native, born on November 12, 1987. He currently owns two homes in Hampton Falls. Lago is best known for his outstanding halfpipe performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he won the Bronze Medal with a score of 42.8. But he's been on the scene since 2004 when he became the last World Quarterpipe Champion (the event was canceled after that year). In 2011, he took 2nd Place in the Winter X Games Halfpipe Competition.
But long before that, Lago was riding on a hill in Amesbury, Massachusetts popular with kids for tubing. He started riding in 1996 after his grandfather gave him a board for Christmas.
Scotty had several achievements in 2006, including taking 3rd place at the Abominable Snow Jam, the Mt. Bachelor Grand Prix Slopestyle, the Breckenridge Grand Prix Halfpipe and the X Games Halfpipe. In 2007, he took 2nd place in the Van Cup and the New Zealand Open Halfpipe, and first place in the World Cup Halfpipe Opener. By 2009, he won 3rd place in the Burton U.S. Open Slopestyle Competition, 2nd place in the X Games Slopestyle and 1st place in the Burton U.S. Open Quarterpipe Competition.
In January 2010, the U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team was officially announced with Lago on the roster. His first run exceeded expectations and he earned a score of 42.8. He crashed on his second run but still took the Bronze Medal. Unfortunately some controversial photos surfaced on the internet in the days following his win and he voluntarily left the Olympics early.
Scotty is part of a group of snowboarders known as "FRENDS," so named because there is no "I" in Snowboarding. The group consists of fellow snowboarders Danny Davis, Keir Dillon, Luke Mitrani, Mason Aguirre, Jack Mitrani, and Kevin Pearce (also from New Hampshire) who was nearly killed in a fall in the halfpipe on December 31, 2009.
He is endorsed by AMP Energy Drink, Billabong, Flow Snowboarding, Grenade Gloves, Matador Action Sports, Rockstar Energy Drink, Smith Optics, and others.
It's clear that Lago loves the sport. Scotty injured himself while he attempted a double backside rodeo 1080 in early January 2011 while filming for Travis Rice's movie, "The Art of Flight." He came up short, his knees slamming him straight on the chin, causing him to fracture his jaw, lacerate and chip a bone on his chin, break some teeth, and causing him to bite down hard on his tongue creating a deep laceration. But that didn't stop him from attempting to compete in the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO — with his jaw banded shut — despite doctors' orders that he should be resting. He had also lost ten pounds since he was injured, but that didn't keep him from participating either. He attempted to compete in four events: Superpipe, Slopestyle, Big Air and Snowboard Best Method, the only athlete entered in these four events.
"As long as I don't take any hard slams, I should be all right,'' Lago told the Associated Press before the event. "As long as I stay on my feet, I should be good. No one expects me to do this, so I don't have anything to prove. It's my favorite contest of the year, so I really want to do it.''
That's dedication. And it's dedication that paid off too. Scotty won the Gold Medal by vote of the fans for Snowboard Best Method. He also pulled off a second place finish in Superpipe and a fifth place finish in the Big Air Competition. He failed to qualify in the Slopestyle event.
In 2012, Lago took 1st Place in the Toyota Big Air contest. During the 2013 Winter X Games, Scotty failed to medal.
In the off-season (which is very short, since he snowboards practically year-round chasing the snow in other countries), Scotty can be found in New Hampshire hunting and fishing, and riding motorcycles. He has raised money for the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston and passes on his talents to the kids at High Cascade Snowboard Camp.
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Scotty talks about his hometown!
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