Bronze medalist snowboarder Scotty Lago has officially packed his bags and left the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Why? Because he took a couple of pictures of a girl kissing his bronze medal while partying (pictured right). The photo was released by TMZ, generating a lot of buzz around the athlete. Shortly after receiving word of the racy photos, sources say that the Olympic Committee said it was either ‘get out of Dodge… or we’ll make you get out.’
Lago made formal apologies to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, and made the decision on his own to head back to the states.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt said in an e-mail yesterday, “Scotty Lago is a great athlete, but with that comes a responsibility of proper conduct, and his involvement in this situation is not acceptable.” I understand that they want to keep everything prestigious, but I think they are being a little ridiculous. It seems like they are really trying to make him the scapegoat, to make an example out of him to all of the other young athletes that compete in the games. Marolt goes on to say, “Scotty realizes his conduct was inappropriate. He has formally apologized and also made a decision to leave Vancouver today.”