Scotty Lago, a professional snowboarder that was set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics has tendered his departure from the venue. Provocative Scotty Lago pictures leaked onto the internet today, and they are less than flattering. TMZ.com, the website responsible for publishing thousands of risque pictures of celebrities over the years, is believed to be the first media outlet to have leaked the photos. Among the two Scotty Lago pictures posted on the TMZ site include one where he is literally “dangling” the bronze medal he earned the night before for his performance in the snowboard half-pipe event near his lower extremities, where a female fan, yet to be identified is seen grasping it with her teeth. Lago is holding his shirt up in this picture, exposing his chest. The second photo depicts the same female fan biting on the bronze medal as Lago is holding it with his right hand. While we know very little about the women shown in these photographs, you can rest assured that media outlets will be head in head trying to get an interview with her in the coming weeks.
Although most reports state that Scotty Lago has left on a voluntary basis, we are all left to assume that dire more consequences could have followed had he decided to remain a participant at the Winter Olympics. Lago apologized for the photos to the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which have yet to realize a statement reacting to the departure. Officials responsible for organizing the Olympic events have been more stringent as far as behavioral standards go since the conclusion of the Beijing Summer Olympics.
This news comes amidst the tragic death of luge rider Nodar Kumaritashvili, whose accident we reported on last week. If these two unfortunate events are any indication of whats to come during the winter Olympics, there is little question that it will remain ingrained in our minds for some time to come. Hopefully, scandalous activity and accidents will be kept at a minimum from this point on in the event.