BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – For Seabrook’s snowboarding magician Scotty Lago, the idiom ‘tricks of the trade’ is unquestionably apt.
Whether he’s spinning nearly 20 feet above the lip of a half-pipe or teaching his 1-year-old Jack Russell, Camo, how to crawl across the floor, the 25-year-old and 2010 Winter Olympic Games bronze-medalist has made a living methodizing skills and manufacturing thrills.
Over the weekend Lago competed in the half-pipe event at the 2013 Sprint U.S Grand Prix at Colorado’s Copper Mountain. After a strong first heat (score of 90.0) in the qualifying round on Thursday morning, Lago ended up placing 15th in part to some technical difficulty.
“It could have gone better. I ended up falling in both of my runs,” said Lago. “Unfortunately, I had a broken board and I didn’t really recognize it until after the contest. But that happens from time to time, so it’s all gravy.”
Taking the top three spots included Australia’s Nathan Johnstone (first; 94.75), and Americans Louie Vito (third; 86.75) and Luke Mitrani (second; 92.75); the latter being a comrade of Lago and a fellow member of the Friends Crew – a team of athletes and headphone connoisseurs that also includes founding members and snowboarders Mason Aguirre, Danny Davis, Keir Dillon, Jack Mitrani, and Kevin Pearce.
“Luke Mitrani and Louis Vito are both two good friends of mine,” said Lago, whose vaunted Frends Crew is always in the competitive mix. “In any given contest, we know that one of us is going to pull through. Luke was riding really well yesterday and he was totally deserving of his placement. It’s always good to see one of your friends get up there and go after it.”
When asked if he had considered competing in the Grand Prix’s slopestyle event, Lago was quick to respond.