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Scotty Lago: New Hampshire Olympian

Posted by Kevin on 10/9/2013 to Snowboarding

A native of Seabrook, NH, Scotty Lago is once again setting his sights on an Olympic medal for 2014. He brought home a bronze medal for the halfpipe in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and is currently practicing up to four hours a day on the halfpipe. He’s hoping to return to the Winter Olympics this year with an even sharper edge over the competition.

Known by his peers for having a unique and versatile style of snowboarding, Lago is now devoted almost entirely to the halfpipe. In an interview with the Hampton Union newspaper, Lago said, “I literally did everything for years. I’m feeling very confident. My only focus this year is the halfpipe.”

It’s with a laser focus that Lago takes to the halfpipe this year. The prospects of him bringing the 2014 US snowboard team a gold medal this year has never before been so engraved in Lago’s mindset and riding. It’s highly conceivable that he may best fellow Olympian, Shaun White, in the 2014 Olympics. In 2010, White took the gold in the halfpipe and is thought by many to be Lago’s primary competition this year.

Staying grounded from 40 feet in the air

Amidst all of the international attention that Scotty Lago has garnered through his snowboarding, he has managed to keep his NH, “Live Free or Die,” mentality with a humble pride. When he’s not perfecting his crippler or mctwist on the pipe, you can find him in the woods of New Hampshire; hunting, fishing, and even skeet shooting. Lago has also used his success and notoriety to give back to the community that he calls home. Not only does he share his skills and knowledge of snowboarding with young riders at High Cascade Snowboard Camp, Lago has been instrumental in the efforts to raise funds for the Floating Hospital for Children in Boston.

Scotty Lago is a New Hampshire native whose snowboarding can mesmerize and inspire the snow lover in all of us. So, do you what you have to. Find your North Face jacket, strap on your Union bindings, check out Lago’s signature Smith I/OX, and go get some air.

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