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January 20, 2014

Lago's Olympic bid falls short

Seabrook snowboarder not one of four U.S. qualifiers in halfpipe

There will be no parade in Seabrook for professional snowboarder Scotty Lago this Olympic season.

The 2010 Olympic bronze medalist in the halfpipe fell short in his quest for a spot on the 2014 United States team yesterday. Lago needed to finish second or better at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix — the fifth of five Olympic qualifiers — at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. He did not earn a spot on the podium after wiping out on his first run.

“Peaks and valleys,” Lago tweeted after the Olympic team was announced. “Today was a valley :( I’m bummed to say that I didn’t make the Olympic team thanks to everyone who helped me on my quest.”

Lago set himself up for a dramatic finish Friday when the United States Ski and Snowboard Association held the third and fourth Olympic qualifiers at Mammoth Mountain. Lago did not have a single podium finish heading into the fourth qualifier, so he needed to finish no worse than second in each of the final two qualifiers.

He upheld his end of the bargain in the fourth qualifier, placing second behind Danny Davis, who would have qualified for the 2010 Olympic team if not for a broken back that stemmed from an ATV accident.

After Friday’s qualifier Lago, Shaun White, Gret Bretz and Davis were still in contention for the final three spots — joining Taylor Gold, who had mathematically secured a top-three spot in the qualification standings.

“Today was like the gnarliest day ever with two contests,” Lago said Friday through the USSA. “But I’m pumped. Really, I needed it to have a shot. Well, I’m really not that pumped, because I still have to get a second on Sunday, and with Shaun competing that’s like getting first. I really like the pipe and I think I can do it, so we’ll see.”

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