“I was really excited with the run that I landed,” Lago said. “I went out and landed the run I wanted to land — how I wanted to land it. I came down and was super pumped, and then I saw the score, and I was pretty disappointed. The judges didn’t see it how I saw it, I guess.”
Lago placed fifth among Americans, leaving him with three qualifiers remaining to secure a berth to his second Games in a row. Lago must earn a spot on the podum (top three) in two of the final three competitions to earn a trip to Sochi, Russia.
“The U.S. coaches were upset with my score, and they went down and talked to the judges,” Lago said. “You can’t protest or anything like that. It still doesn’t make sense because everyone else got five hits, and I got four. I just couldn’t fit it in the halfpipe. I was going too big, but I shouldn’t be deducted for going bigger than anyone else.”
The Americans swept the top three places at the Grand Prix, with Taylor Gold winning gold, Greg Bretz taking silver and Ben Ferguson earning bronze. In terms of the standing on the United States Olympic team, through two events, Bretz ranks first with a first and a second; Gold ranks second with a third and a first; and Shaun White ranks third with a second-place finish.
Lago does not plan to alter his routine in the final three competitions in an attempt to complete five hits.
“I’m going to stick with the plan,” Lago said. “It always changes. At practice, you might get five, but in competition, you’re going a lot farther and higher. A lot of times, you come up short.”