Scotty Lago wants to prove he’s a good kid despite Olympic medal porn

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 26, 2010 3:07 pm

We always knew he was a good kid, this isn’t news to us…but many people who weren’t familiar with Scotty became familiar with him because of this.
                                         
He was given a choice by Olympic officials–go home, or face disciplinary action. He went home. In an attempt to put the whole thing behind him, he actually caused it to blow up in his face. “My life has been flipped upside down”, he explained. “I wanted to step out of the limelight. I didn’t want to cause any more trouble. But as soon as they bought my ticket home, I knew right away they were going to cause a media storm…It has been getting bigger and bigger every day since it happened,” Lago continued. “It has snowballed into this crazy thing. It has been insane. This is a lot more media than I ever expected. I figured I would go to the Olympics, give it my best, work hard and once it was done, have some time to relax. I’d do a couple days of press and then go home to my normal life. This is the total opposite of that plan.”

“I want all of America to get to know me better and to know that I am a good kid,” Lago said. “Because I really am. I love my country. That’s the thing about the Olympics. You’re doing it for your country. I feel like our country needs more patriotism and I’m not in the military, but I felt like I was doing something for my country. I was so proud to represent the U.S. But I wasn’t representing my country well at the time and that is what hurts me the most. Winning a bronze medal was by far my proudest moment and I wouldn’t want to do anything to embarrass anyone or myself. But we live in the new world where camera phones are everywhere and you have to be on your best behavior at all times.”

Scotty said the phone call to his parents when he told them he was asked to leave was incredibly difficult. “The call to my mom, that was my lowest point. But the real deal was the call to my dad. He was very, very, very livid with me. I was glad I didn’t have to tell him in person. But he’s cooled down now. We’re all looking past this silly incident and, to be honest, it’s been a plus for me. I get to go on Jimmy Kimmel.”

 

 

 

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