Scotty Lago, USA
Age: 22 (November 12, 1987)
Hometown: Seabrook, New Hampshire
Board team: Flow
Recent results: A third and two second place finishes in the Grand Prix Olympic qualifying series.
Olympic outlook: Lago, the lone Frends crew competitor, sealed his Olympic bid at the final two stops of the Grand Prix series with two second-place finishes behind Shaun, possibly pushing Shaun on amplitude at the same time. An on again off again visitor to the pipe podium, he now has a super competitive run that’s he’s been putting down consistently including a huge method, a frontside double-cork, back to back nines, and most importantly for the judges, huge amounts of airtime. He has a back ten on the last hit that he hasn’t yet stuck in competition-is that enough to close that one point gap between him and Shaun White?
Potential downfalls: Lago kept it together in front of big crowds at the final Grand Prix stop, but he hasn’t performed in front of an Olympic caliber crowd-he just needs to keep his mind in the game and stay with his newfound consistency.