Scotty Lago’s voice took on a bit of a disappointed tone yesterday morning as he packed his bags for the next stop on his international snowboarding tour.
Lago left Aspen, Colo., and the Winter X Games without a medal after placing fourth in his marquee event, the Superpipe. The Seabrook native finished behind six-time Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White, who blew away the competition with scores of 98.00 and 95.00 in the final event of the weekend Sunday night. White recorded a 24-foot backside hit, which culminated in a frontside double-cork 1260 in his second run.
Lago could live with finishing second behind Lago. However, he was disappointed to finish behind second-place finisher Ayumu Hirano, a 14-year-old from Japan, and Markus Malin, a 25-year-old from Finland.
“There’s no denying Shaun White,” Lago said. “I wasn’t going to touch 98. I wasn’t going to do a run better than Shaun. He went huge, and everything was perfect. There’s no doubt in my mind, I could have posted the second-best score.”
Lago actually held the lead for a brief time early in the competition after posting a score of 90.00 on his first run. White posted a higher score on his first run (95.0) later in the round. Hiyano (92.33) and Malin (91.33) knocked Lago off the podium in the second run.
The 25-year-old Lago had one more opportunity to earn his way back onto the podium in the third round, but fell on his entry into the halfpipe, resulting in a score of 1.00.
“I was happy with the first run, but that was more of a safety run,” Lago said. “That was a run where I knew I could land everything. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stomp my landings on the other two runs. It’s a missed opportunity. I know I could have gotten second with the run I planned. I didn’t end up putting it down.”