Olympic athletes admit that it takes a team to help them reach the highest level of competition. And one of the most important members helping them succeed is Dad. Whether he sat in the stands or stood next to them, they all agree that father knows best.
In honor of Father's Day, we asked Olympic athletes to share the best advice their pops have ever given them. After you read them you'll see where these athletes get their strength and their sense of humor. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Olympic halfpipe snowboarder Louie Vito: "The advice I got from my father is the quote I live by - and have a coin with it engraved that I always travel with. It is 'If you're good enough, they can't ignore you.' Think about it - you can apply that to every aspect of life. No matter how much people want to overlook you, it will come to a point where you will be so good and doing so well they can't ignore you anymore."
Twelve-time Olympic swimming medalist Natalie Coughlin: "Being a cop with a martial arts background, my father was constantly teaching me self-defense. Fortunately, I've never needed to use this knowledge, but I know where to strike a person to make the biggest impact and how to use a flashlight as a self-defense weapon. Daddy's little (tomboy) girl!"
Seven-time Olympic gymnastics medalist Shannon Miller: "At one of my first competitions, I ran over to my dad after two events and asked what score I needed to win. He looked at me (trying to find an appropriate answer for his competitive daughter) and said 'Shannon, it doesn't matter what the score is. Go out there and try your best during every routine.' I'm not sure I ever looked at another score. Instead I simply gave 100 percent every time out. That advice has served me well in my career and in life."
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The book is unassuming. It's a three-ring binder, really, filled with hundreds of papers scribbled with notes and separated by tabs-a sight you would see at a college student's final cram session before the big test. But snowboarder Louie Vito isn't studying for exam, or organizing office documents. He's preparing for a workout.
Now a student of fitness-coached by John Schaeffer of Winning Factor for about four years-Vito follows a comprehensive training program similar to the one Schaeffer developed for Apolo Ohno prior to the 2010 Olympics. While Schaeffer prepared Ohno's program three years in advance of the Games, Vito's book contains about six months' worth of daily exercises, menus and nutrition guidelines, recovery plans and more. He doesn't go anywhere with out it.
"It's almost a way of life-when I'm home, traveling or wherever, everything I do is based on the book," says the Olympic gold medalist and Winter X Games champion. "It travels with me and I keep notes about progress, sleep, or workouts that really killed me. It's a good way to look back and pinpoint different things."
The 27-year-old typically starts his day with a progressive interval workout on the treadmill: 40 seconds of sprinting and 40 seconds of recovery running-equivalent to the length of an average halfpipe run-steadily increasing speed over a maximum of 20 rounds. Schaeffer says he will start at 6-8 mph and end at 10-14 mph, with the recovery speed at 11 mph by the end of the session. "There's no chance to catch your breath, you're always pushing to the limit," says Vito.
After a healthy post workout meal of lean proteins and vegetables Vito usually goes for a ride and then rests a bit before hitting the gym for a lift. The session almost always focuses on explosiveness. With Jim Jones or Meek Mill blaring in his headphones, Vito uses weighted plyometric movements to mimic the intensity of landing on a half pipe after flying more than 20 feet in the air. "I've noticed that I can take the heavy impact of a huge load on a flatter landing and my body isn't jacked up from landing flat," says Vito. "I can handle it better because of the training we do."
One of Vito's go-to exercises for training explosiveness is single and double leg hops on the stairs while holding dumbbells weighing up to 100 pounds. Different modifications include jumping every other, every third or even every fourth step and varying the weight in hand. "It's my favorite exercise because when you're able to jump five steps with weights and you're 5'6" on a good day, it's crazy, especially when your legs are already fried," says Vito.
Schaeffer also incorporates standard weight lifting exercises into Vito's program, but there is always an added element to bring in the explosiveness factor. In a traditional leg press, for example, Schaeffer builds in "throws" to increase power and strength. Instead of returning back to a starting position at the top of a leg press, Vito pushes off of the platform, presses the weight up-completely off of his feet and airborne-and then catches it again at the bottom.
"The thing about John's workouts is that they are short and intense-I'm not at the gym for one and a half hours," says Vito. "During certain exercises, you learn how to shut your mind off. It's such a trippy feeling to be able to push through that wall."
After years of intense training, Vito is confident he is he fittest snowboarder competing today-"I challenge anyone to come do what I do"-and he knows that the longevity of his career is closely related to remaining healthy and injury-free. But Vito also knows that despite how hard he works in the gym, a career in action sports is dangerous and can be cut short at any moment, which is why he will participate in the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run for the second year in a row.
"Spinal cord injuries are pretty common in action sports and it's a tight, small community, so it hits a soft spot for me," says Vito of the race, which is held simultaneously in 35 global locations and donates 100% of the proceeds to spinal cord research.
In its inaugural race last year, more than 35,000 participants raised more than $4.1 million. Vito started his race in 2014 in Denver with a five to eight mile goal and completely surpassed it, running 13.22 miles.
Since then, Vito's workouts have remained structured and dictated by his book and he's approaching this year's Wings for Life World Run with the same attitude and strategy.
"I'm sticking to my program and not doing anything different to train for the race, but I guarantee that I will run the entire time, for those who are unable to. I'm not gonna walk," says Vito, who will start the race in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Sunday. "I'm just kind of gonna wing it."
For more information about the Wings For Life World Run CLICK HERE
"I am a huge fan of the Winter X Games. With four kids, three of them risk seeking males, we have religiously watched the X Games for most of their childhood. We never dreamed we'd ever live close enough to go in person. Immediately after we moved to Colorado, we looked up the dates and made plans to attend. I was able to go with a media pass, and it was an incredible four day weekend, full of great new memories. There are many reasons why I love the X Games and one of the big ones is the accessibility of the athletes. The path from the end of the Super Pipe, back to the snowmobile that takes athletes up the mountain, weaves through the crowd of excited fans. There is a lot of high fiving, a lot of selfies snapped. This even happens during the competition. On the drive home this year I was formulating all the articles I'd be writing about X Games this year. And the one I was most excited about was this one: Why Louie Vito May Be The Nicest Guy at X Games."
"Louie Vito is a rock star in the snowboarding world. He has earned just under 45 medals in major events, from as far back as 2006. The things he can do in that Super Pipe are no less than amazing. Like many of the professional athletes, Louie looks forward to X Games because of its relaxed mood. He competes just as hard, but he also spends a lot of energy hanging out with the crowds. I first noticed it in 2013. Most of the athletes are willing to high five, or bump knuckles with the fans who line the fences, but Louie took it a step further. Anyone who asked was given the picture, signature, or even hug that they wanted. Watching the guy, you'd never know he was in the middle of a world class competition, just waiting for his next run."
"Last year I had my son Sam with me. In the midst of Louie's schmoozing, I asked for a picture. Of course he obliged. We came home with this gem. And again this year, Louie was in full hospitality mode. He chatted with fans, he took selfies, and he signed his name over and over. When an older gentleman handed him a cell phone, and asked him to talk to his wife, Louie didn't bat an eye. He chatted with her for a few minutes, and ended up asking her why she hadn't come to Aspen. All in good fun. This year I got a series of pictures, of Louie doing what he does best. I had a chance to talk to him for a few minutes and told him I was going to write this article. He wasn't looking for the press. His answer was, "This is why we're here. If you don't love this part, there's no reason to be here." This is a guy who appreciates his fans and recognizes how they play into his career. And finally I snapped a picture with Louie and me, and then Louie and my daughter. He flashed that genuine, huge Louie smile, then turned around and got back to 'his crowd'."
"If I had the authority to hand out medals at the end of X Games, the first one I'd present would be a shiny gold one. It would be just one of many in Louie's collection, but I think it would be one of his most important ones. Engraved on it would be the words "Louie Vito - Nicest Guy At X Games". See ya next year Louie. And hopefully many, many years after that. Here are a few more gems, of Louie, doing his thing, working the crowd, and even taking a picture of one of the other athletes with fans, graciously playing photographer. And in the end, signing my artificial leg for me. Nothing surprises this guy."
"About the author: In January of 2004 I chose to have my foot amputated. It was deformed and had kept me from having the life I wanted. I love my new bionic leg. I was very motivated right after my surgery, and got very fit. Then life as the mom of four kids got crazy and I got soft again. I have one blog that is about my journey back. Making my way back to the fit person I intended to be when I made that radical decision to upgrade to an artificial leg. I've lost the foot. Now it's time to lose the fat. It's one amputee's journey to better health and the unique challenges that come with working out with one leg. My other blog, Just One Foot, is a collection of stories about being a mom, some unique perspectives from being an amputee mom, and many stories that are universal to every mom."
For more information about the author Judy Johnson Berna & Just One Foot CLICK HERE.
The World Dog Awards honor some of the most laudable pups on the planet, from the ones who have achieved fame in the world of entertainment or on social media to everyday dogs who have had an indelible impact on the lives of their human companions. George Lopez hosts the inaugural "World Dog Awards" with Louie Vito and Terrell Owens helping crown the top dogs of the year.
"The World Dog Awards are different than other shows," executive producer Robert Horowitz said. "You have seen Westminster, you have seen dogs honored for their service and to promote adoption, but not a show that focuses on how important they are in everyday life. America loves our four-legged creatures. They are a big part in the life of humans. They make us laugh, cry and tug at our heartstrings," Horowitz said. "This is a way to say thanks." Lopez said hosting the show gave him a chance to "create an awareness of our most loyal companions, who love unconditionally and never take their eyes off of you."
Louie Vito teams up with football great, Terrell Owens in handing out the "Hot Dog Award" (awarded to the most talented extreme sports dog). Tune in to watch the show when it airs Thursday, January 15th on The CW television network at 8pm Eastern Time.
For more information about the World Dog Awards on CW Network CLICK HERE.
Even though the weather outside did not cooperate, the 11th annual Louie Vito Charity Rail Jam for charity once again was a huge success. The warm weather and rain continued to plague the Midwest but that didn't damper the spirits of the hundreds of enthusiastic competitors that helped raise money and food for a local charity. Mad River Mountain's GM, Greg Fisher and his outstanding crew did a phenomenal job of moving snow around during the inclement weather to create a park set-up that received excellent reviews from all of the competitors.
The annual Louie Vito Rail Jam for charity is a way for Olympian Louie Vito to annually give back to a small Ohio community with a for-charity snowboarding event that provides meals and money for families in need. This year was no different with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul again the benefactor. The entry fee for the event is one non-perishable food item or a ten dollar donation, which ultimately provides food and supplies to countless families at the time of the year when it is needed most, after the Holidays.
St. Vincent de Paul past-president Mary Giannola is grateful of the efforts of the Vito family in promoting the event. The society passed out over a hundred Christmas baskets depleting their supplies. Giannola went on to say, "I cannot thank Louie and the entire Vito family enough for donating their time, money and effort to this cause. It takes a tremendous amount of manpower to put together this rail jam."
The crowds poured in to get an autograph and a chance to talk to Louie. The lines were extremely long but everyone waited patiently as Louie signed autographs, posed for pictures and chatted with each and every admirer for over three hours. Like years past, the awards ceremony for the event is always a production and a party in its own. Louie's generous sponsors provided over $30,000 in prizes and giveaways.
The event continued with a massive fireworks display in addition to musical entertainment provided by CJ the DJ outside and inside The Skratchmatik DJ Crew from Dayton, Ohio added beats that bumped the floor of the Loft as Louie showered the crowd with thousands of stickers, t-shirts, and hats. Prizes were awarded to the top three riders in each of the three categories. The grand prize was an all expenses paid trip (including airfare) to Windell's Summer Snowboard camp in Mount Hood, Oregon to ride the glaciers in the middle of summer. The trip was randomly chosen from all of those screaming fans in attendance. The evening culminated with a terrific performance from the band, Sonic Boom.
Louie never passes up an opportunity to promote snowboarding. Vito said, "I think the sport is growing because of the creativity and individuality that young boarders have. It's important that aspiring boarders have fun, be patient and set goals."
Louie's next competition will be the X Games on January 22nd on ESPN.
For more information about the upcoming X Games event CLICK HERE.
Over the past 10 seasons, Louie Vito has hosted an annual for-charity rail jam on the slopes of Mad River Mountain designed to give back to the local community that has been supportive throughout his career.
This season the event is set to be held on Saturday, December 27th at Mad River Mountain and includes plans to make the LVRJ 2014 the largest to date, featuring entertainment, fireworks and more prizes than ever before.
For more information about the 2014 Louie Vito Rail Jam online CLICK HERE.
Louie is one of the most fit athletes in the world and arguably THE most fit in the world. In the October issue of Men's Health Magazine, you can learn how Louie was able to realize his amazing physique.
Louie met his trainer, John Schaeffer through his pal Apolo Ohno while at a Dancing With The Stars reunion. Schaeffer owns and operates his own gym, Winning Factor Sports Sciences. If you would like to read the entire story, from the October 2014 issue of Men's Health Magazine CLICK HERE.
The best and brightest young stars of Hollywood were out in force, as the Young Hollywood Awards marked their 16th year. The award show is considered to be the "Oscars of Young Hollywood" and launch pad for the future careers of actors, directors and entertainers.
The winners of the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards are some of today's most talented young artists, celebrities and sports personalities. Hosted with glamour and style by Kelly Osbourne, the Young Hollywood Awards were held at the Wiltern Theater, in Los Angeles.
Louie Vito was crowned the "Most Awesome Athlete" beating out superstar athletes Chris Paul, Richard Sherman, Nyjah Huston, LA Kings, and Kolohe Andino.
Louie also played an extended role on the TV show by participating in a skit as well as presenting an award. The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards show was undeniably a star-studded event.
The 16th Annual Young Hollywood Awards continues its legacy and evolution as the premier event for honoring and celebrating the achievements of emerging young talent in pop music, movies, sports, television, fashion and more. Regarded as the "Oscars of Young Hollywood", this red carpet event is a launch pad for the future careers of actors, directors and entertainers. A must-attend for Hollywood's A-list, industry executives and fans alike, it draws extensive media coverage from national and international press. The YHAs are the place for old and new Hollywood to come together and celebrate the brightest new trailblazing stars in film, television, music & sports.
Louie Vito is nominated in the category of Most Awesome Athlete! (2014 nominees):
· Kolohe Andino
· Nyjah Huston
· LA Kings
· Chris Paul
· Richard Sherman
· Louie Vito
The star-studded red carpet award show will be broadcast on The CW Network on July 28th at 8/7c.
Over 160,000 people helped welcome X Games to Texas in the past week, a four-day event that wrapped up Sunday at Austin's Circuit of the Americas. Watch Louie Vito and Brandon Graham highlight the some of the top moments from X Games Austin 2014.
As X Games celebrated its 20th anniversary, Sunday marked the crowning of local boy Chase Hawk, the X Games debut of Stadium SUPER Trucks racing, a new Women's Skateboard Street leader and the first Major League Gaming event in the X Games. All told, 60 medals were awarded in 20 events over the course of the week. Everything, as they say, really is bigger in Texas.
Nyjah Huston closed out X Games Austin 2014 with a bang on Sunday, winning the Men's Skateboard Street final with the highest score ever posted in an X Games Skateboard Street final. Big tricks and fluid style propelled Lacey Baker to her first X Games gold in Women's Skateboard Street. Austin local Chase Hawk ripped around the BMX Park course en route to a gold medal on Sunday and Apdaly Lopez helped usher in a new era, winning gold in the X Games debut of Stadium SUPER Trucks racing.
With the first X Games Austin just around the corner, the city of Austin is gearing up to officially welcome the world's top extreme sports athletes and an expected 100,000 fans. The four-day event kicks off Thursday, June 5th with a variety of competitions and the musical stylings of more than a dozen musical acts (Kanye West, Mac Miller, Flaming Lips, and Bad Religion among others).
ESPN and ABC will broadcast the competitions across more than 200 countries worldwide, hosted by Olympic snowboarder and X Games six time medalist Louie Vito. Vito was the first ever to pull double duty during the Winter X Games in Aspen by co-hosting the events for ESPN while also competing in the Men's Snowboard Superpipe. What made this feat even more impressive is the fact that Vito was able to stay focused and win a Silver medal!
Red Bull athlete, Louie Vito, was also featured in a one-on-one date on a recent episode of "The Bachelorette." The episode featured Vito, an Olympian and professional snowboarder, providing expert instruction during a special one-on-one date with Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman and Eric Hill. Hill, passed away shortly after filming this episode in an unrelated paragliding accident following his time on the show.
Watch Louie Vito quiet the little voice in his stomach using Oberto's tasty all natural beef jerky with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
It's pretty impressive that ESPN commentator and TV host, Stephen A. Smith can use the term, "double cork" and not have it sound ironic. There's a lot of questionable uses of snowboarding in mainstream media, but we're backing Louie on this commercial that's been playing during the NBA Championship playoffs.
We'd take a beef jerky sponsorship any day, regardless of whether we had to talk to a suited, sports TV host who lived in our stomach.
Louie Vito capped an incredible weekend at the Winter X Games by winning a Silver Medal in the snowboard Superpipe on Sunday night. Since he wears a helmet when he rides you technically can't say that Louie Vito was wearing two hats at X, but there is no denying that his opting to announce and compete in Aspen was an ambitious undertaking. In fact, Vito became the very first athlete to host and compete in the same X Games.
When all was said and done, it appears as though being a host at the X Games and contender didn't hold Louie back at all as he linked enough corkscrews together to find himself on the second rung of the podium. This was Vito's sixth X Games medal. Danny Davis won the gold
Vito, definitely had a busy weekend. Each day began bright and early with TV production meetings, then Louie and Brandon Graham co-hosted the biggest event in extreme sports. Every night ended with a late night recap of the day's activities on ESPN's Sportscenter. Louie was featured on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN3 Thursday through Sunday. "If anyone could get through this grueling schedule and still win a medal, it would be Louie," said his father Louie Vito, Sr. For more information visit xgames.espn.go.com.
X Games Tignes 2013 Snowboard SuperPipe gold medalist Louie Vito will be pulling double duty at X Games 2014 Aspen this week, joining ESPN and ABC as co-host of the X Games Aspen telecast in between training and competition runs in the pipe at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado. "This is perfect because the two things I love the most are to snowboard and to talk," Vito joked, just before the official announcement, as he prepared for both his new hosting duties. Having a competitor co-host the telecast is a new twist for X Games: Vito will compete in the Men's Snowboard SuperPipe elimination round Thursday and will almost certainly make the cut for Sunday's finals. He's advanced to finals in seven of his nine X Games appearances and is a perennial podium favorite thanks to back-to-back-to-back double cork spin variations in his run.
X Games spokeswoman Grace Coryell said Vito will be appearing throughout the 16 hours of planned televised event coverage from Aspen. "I have always been a huge supporter of X Games since I was a kid, so I was stoked at the opportunity to join the ESPN/X Games family," Vito said in a statement Thursday. "I look forward to bringing insight to the fans watching worldwide from a current rider." Brandon Graham, Vito's co-host has previously provided play-by-play coverage of the men's and women's Skateboard Street competitions at each Global X Games event in 2013. X Games 2014 Aspen begins on Thursday, Jan. 23. For more information visit xgames.espn.go.com.
Meet 2010 Olympic Snowboarding Team member and former Dancing With The Stars contestant Louie Vito. In this episode, we find out how he got involved in snowboarding, what draws him to the sport, and what the lifestyle of a pro snowboarder is like.
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, the United States Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic Movement throughout the country. For more information on the USOC and learn more about our athletes, log on to the official website at www.TeamUSA.org.
Olympian Louie Vito and his family annually give back to a small Ohio community with a for-charity snowboarding event that provides meals and money for families in need. This year was no different. The entry fee for the event is one non-perishable food item or a ten dollar donation, which ultimately provides food and supplies to countless families at the time of the year when it is needed most, after the Holidays.
The weather was perfect, with moderate temperatures and plenty of snow making the day much more fun for participants than some past years, the local professional snowboarder and Olympian said in between trips down the trails with his friends. "I love coming back to Mad River Mountain; it just keeps getting better and better," the Olympian said Saturday after he had finished signing autographs for hundreds of fans during the 10th annual Louie Vito Rail Jam. He returned to Logan County, along with Norwegian snowboarder Kim Rune Hansen, to celebrate the holiday and relax before the next three contests that will determine the Olympic field. "We've been having a blast riding out here," Louie Vito said. "It's not practicing, it's just for fun. I love being home and seeing my friends and family." Like years past, the awards ceremony for the event is always a production and a party in its own. Louie's generous sponsors provided over $30,000 in prizes and giveaways. The crowds poured in to get a glimpse or an autograph of Olympian Louie Vito. Louie's kind personality and generous nature are showcased at his autograph sessions. Louie walked into the autograph area and was welcomed by a line fit for a roller coaster, filled with crazed fans. He signed everything from t-shirts to posters for over three hours, all the while smiling with every encounter, giving each star struck fan the same personal attention one would expect from an old friend.
The event continued with a fireworks display that equaled any 4th of July celebration and musical entertainment was provided by CJ the DJ in the Red Bull MXT outside and inside The Skratchmatik DJ Crew from Dayton, Ohio added beats that bumped the floor of the Loft as Louie showered the crowd with thousands of stickers, t-shirts, and hats. Prizes were awarded to the top three riders in each of the three categories. The grand prize was an all expenses paid trip (including airfare) to Windell's Snowboard camp in Mount Hood, Oregon to ride the glaciers in the middle of summer. The trip was randomly chosen from all of those screaming fans in attendance. The evening culminated with the high energy, hard-hitting performance of rock band, Shocking Bubba Deluxe.
The season officially starts on December 12th, with the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. This is the first of the United States Olympic team qualifiers. Louie was focused on working out and preparing for competition when he agreed to enter into a partnership with two very prestige sponsors; Oberto All Natural Jerky just named him their national "Stokesperson." The other major announcement is that McDonald's is also partnering with Louie and plan on announcing some exciting national news real soon!
Louie now has his focus on the Dew Tour. The pressure is high and every country has sent their "A" team to compete. The Men's Snowboard Superpipe Finals can be viewed LIVE on NBC-TV at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, December 14th.
Louie Vito will be on the Today Show on NBC tomorrow, Tuesday October 28th sometime during the 8:00am (Eastern Standard Time) hour. He is also scheduled to be a Today Show guest again this Wednesday, this time with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during the 10:00am (Eastern Standard Time) hour.
Please check local listings for the exact times that the NBC Today Show is on in your time zone. Please be aware that last minute changes can take place.
Last Friday, Louie joined Jim Rome to discuss how he got into snowboarding, how he is preparing for the 2014 WInter Olympics, and much more. The Jim Rome Show aired on the CBS Sports Network. In case you missed that television interview, watch the recorded appearance of Louie's segment from last Friday in the video above.
Louie's life has been crazy since the last newsletter. He has been in non-stop training mode both on and off the snow.
At this time we are happy to welcome two new major partners to Team Vito:
TD Ameritrade and Smucker's.
Louie Vito is super stoked to work with both of these Olympic sponsors and is appreciative for all of their support as he continues on his road to Sochi.
Louie is more driven than ever and feels extremely confident after a strong summer camp snowboarding in both Mt. Hood and New Zealand. He accomplished his goals and his now focusing on getting even stronger with his personal trainer, John Schaeffer of Winning Factor.
Olympian Louie Vito capped his season in dramatic fashion by rallying to win Gold at the Euro X Games, Europe's premier snowboarding event, in Tignes, France. The American star beat the local hero, Arthur Longo in a thrilling final.
Louie was in fifth-place heading into his third run. It was not only Louie's final run but it was the last run of the entire contest. You could cut the tension with a knife and Louie delivered a brilliant performance. Vito significantly boosted his amplitude and finally landed the trick he had been working on all season - a huge backside double Michalchuk melon grab. The crowd went into a frenzy as Louie landed his best run of the season.
The pressure built as the judges deliberated for several minutes before they delivered their final verdict. The massive crowd reacted as Vito posted the highest score edging out the French rider Arthur Longo, who led from the first run until the last. This was Vito's second X Games Europe Gold medal and fifth overall X Games medal.
"I'm stoked to come here and get a win and to end my season with this," Vito said. "It's scary, but that's what we love: It's the adrenaline rush and the fact that the sport's still evolving at a rapid rate and the fact that we're all a part of it, all of my friends I grew up riding with. It's crazy to be here and be those guys really pushing the sport."
Louie Vito will be trying to win his second Gold Medal in the Euro X Games Finals on Thursday March 21st against another stacked field of the world's best halfpipe snowboarders.
This is the fourth edition of the Euro X Games and Vito has medaled at each one: Gold in 2011; Silver in 2012, and bronze in 2010. The finals should be an entertaining event since both Louie Vito and Iouri Podladtchikov (I-Pod) have both won X Games Europe Gold medals and both have podiumed at every Euro X Games. The eight man finals boasts an international field which includes other Olympians Peetu Piiroinen (Finland), Scotty Lago (USA), Arthur Longo (France), and Christian Haller (Switzerland).
Each rider will get three runs so the there will be no holding back on what tricks you are going to witness. So, get ready and hold on to your seats because this is going to be a really exciting X Games to watch. Check out the finals on ESPN - Thursday, March 21st at 1PM and 7PM (EST)
The momentous first U.S. Open at Vail exceeded all expectations, with the best snowboarders in the world treating a record-breaking crowd to the most progressive riding in the history of the sport. The 12 men who made the final put on quite a show - throwing tricks so huge that it's hard to imagine how this sport could possibly progress beyond the level these athletes already ride.
This event had most of the Vancouver Olympians participating, including all three medalists. Many of these Olympians did not even make the finals. When all was said and done, Louie Vito landed in 3rd place. Louie stomped some exciting runs, putting down numerous double corks with ease. He took a huge risk starting with a double crippler, but the risk paid off, as it landed him on the podium.
Snowboarder Magazine Editor Pat Bridges said "Seeing Louie Vito's new (and massive) finals run" reminded him that the Open is where riders come to unveil the tricks they work so hard to learn. Even after the U.S. Open decided to make it's trek west after 30 years in Stratton, Vermont, some things never change.
Next, Louie will be traveling to Oslo, Norway to compete in the Arctic Challenge Invitational.
The best things in life are worth the wait. The wait is over for Team Toyota Winter X Games athletes: snowboarders Louie Vito and Elena Hight, and freeskier Simon Dumont. As you follow their trek, share your favorite moments from their journeys or your own! #TeamToyota
Louie will be competing at the Winter X Games in Aspen Colorado from January 24th - 27th. You can watch the events LIVE on ESPN during Superpipe Prelims on Friday, January 24th at 9:00pm (EST) and during the Superpipe Finals on Sunday, January 27th at 9:00pm (EST)
Olympian Louie Vito and his family annually give back to a small Ohio community with a for-charity snowboarding event that provides meals and money for families in need. This year was no different. The entry fee for the event is one non-perishable food item or a ten dollar donation, which ultimately provides food and supplies to countless families at the time of the year when it is needed most, after the Holidays.
"I'm really stoked," Louie Vito said. "It's a great setup and we've had a lot of donations and it's dumping snow on us. It couldn't be any better. It's the complete opposite of the weather last year when it was raining. It was successful last year, but snow makes it a lot more fun." It was so successful this year that Mad River Mountain's General Manager, Greg Fisher said it was one of the biggest days in Mad River's history! Like years past, the awards ceremony for the event is always a production and a party in its own. Louie's generous sponsors provided over $30,000 in prizes and giveaways.
The event continued with a fireworks display and musical entertainment was provided by CJ the DJ in the Red Bull MXT outside and inside The Skratchmatik DJ Crew from Dayton, Ohio added beats that bumped the floor of the Loft as Louie showered the crowd with thousands of stickers, t-shirts, and hats. Prizes were awarded to the top three riders in each of the three categories. The grand prize was an all expenses paid trip to Windell's Summer Ski and Snowboard camp in Mount Hood, Oregon. The evening culminated with a wild performance by Red Bull's Soundstage artist Ron E. Polo.
The entire Midwest region is ever grateful for what the Vito family has done not only for the community and its residents, but for the local snowboarding scene and all of the kids that hold onto that dream that they can one day grow up to walk in the footsteps of Louie Vito.
The Dew Tour in Breckenridge Colorado was the first major contest of the 2013 season and the field contained the very best halfpipe snowboarders in the world. At the end of the day it was just like last season because once again it was the same two riders sitting at the top of the podium - Shaun White and Louie Vito.
On his first of two runs in the finals, Louie Vito, who has been on an extensive training program since 2011, quickly showed the results of his efforts by stringing an array of tricks together that included back-to-back cork 1080s - securing a score of 90.0 and putting him into first place.
Then it was Shaun White's turn. White executed a near flawless run that included a very large and stylish backside air, back-to-back double cork 1080s and his patented double Mctwist 1260, to which judges rewarded a 95.25.
All eyes turned back to Vito on his second run, and he seemed poised to make a run at White's leading score. Yet last year's Dew Cup Champion faltered on the last trick of an otherwise superb run, erasing any chance to overtake White.
"It wasn't as good as I wanted. I didn't get the snap I needed." said an exasperated Vito post-run. "I'm hard on myself, you always want to ride well, but it felt good to get a solid start and carry it on through the rest of the year. I have a few tricks I didn't end up doing that I've got in my bag," said Vito, whose solid back-to-back double-cork 1080s earned him silver. "So this was a good start to the year, and I guess I'll start warming those up. I haven't done a lot those tricks since March. I'm not really stressing it. I've got tricks still to do."
The next event will be the U.S. Grand Prix, stop #1 at Copper Mountain, CO, January 7-13, 2013.
Louie Vito recounts his Dew Cup victory last season and looks forward to the new Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO.
The first event of the 2012-2013 pro snowboard season kicks off this week with the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado. Twenty-two of the world's very best snowboarders including Louie Vito, Shaun White, and Iouri Podladtchikov (I-Pod) will be showcased in the first major event of the winter action sports season.
Don't miss all 11 hours of TV coverage from Breckenridge! The Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships can be viewed on both NBC and NBC Sports Network at the following dates and times, all time EST:
Watch a recent episode of Stunt Nation - "Half-pipe Snowboarding with Olympian Louie Vito".
Professional snowboarder Louie Vito drops in on the Stunt Nation House to visit with Sal Masekela to discuss snowboarding, the Olympics, and what it takes to nail a backside 1080 in the half-pipe.
Louie Vito was recently featured in a new Toyota commercial along with other memebers of the Toyota team. Team Toyota Action Sports athletes Bob Burnquist, Jamie Bestwick and Drew Bezanson use Toyota's available Entune® to find the perfect beach dock to pull some tricks into the water. See how winter athletes Louie Vito, Elena Hight and Simon Dumont throw some snow into the mix so they can catch some air too. Follow #teamtoyota for more videos and content.
Louie Vito has been asked to be the commencement speaker at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City. This may be the first time an Action Sports Athlete has ever given a college commencement keynote speech. Here is what the Academic Director, Todd Maetani, had to say when asked why they invited Louie Vito to be their commencement speaker, "A lot of our students are avid snowboarders and creators of media for snowboarding."
The event will take place on Friday evening, June 22, 2012, indoors at this facility: Kingsbury Hall (Kingsbury Hall is the performing arts center on the University of Utah campus.)
The audience will consist of an average age of 28 years old and will be 50% male and 50% female. There is expected to be approximately 1,500 people in attendance. The topic for the twenty minute speech is "Taking Your Place in Challenging Times."
For more information about Louie's upcoming commencement speech CLICK HERE
Also, recently Louie Vito stopped by the Young Hollywood Studio for a video interview to talk all about his YouTube show, "Livin' Louie Vito". Louie explains some of the lingo of his sport, and he discusses whether or not he'll return to the dance floor for the all-star edition of "Dancing With The Stars"!
To watch Louie's interview with Young Hollywood host Nikki Novak CLICK HERE
It was a day that will go down in history for many reasons - the weather was perfect, the competitions came down to the wire and record-breaking crowds descended on Stratton to be a part of the landmark 30th anniversary of the U.S. Open.
The men's halfpipe competition was definitely a nail-biter, with the podium switching up constantly throughout the finals. It was undoubtedly one of the best in recent memory, with past U.S. Open champions like Danny Kass and Shaun White battling it out with top riders like Louie Vito and Iouri Podladtchikov. Shaun White dropped in first for the men's halfpipe finals setting the bar high with a score of 90.44.
The rest of the men's halfpipe podium wasn't decided until the last runs, with both Louie Vito and Benji Farrow earning second and third place respectively after run three and both gave everyone plenty to cheer about.
Louie Vito came closest to giving White a run for it, improving his score in run three to 89.38, less than one point shy of White, after throwing a run featuring four double corks. Vito is the only rider in the world that has done that in a contest.
This was Vito's second time winning the silver medal in this prestigious event which started on Tuesday and had qualifying runs all week long. It also marks an unprecedented run for Vito of 15 podium finishes in his last 18 world-class events!
The American riders swept the podium, with Swiss rider Christian Haller falling just short in fourth place, followed by American Greg Bretz, Japanese rider Taku Hiraoka, and Swiss rider Iouri "I-Pod" Podladtchikov.
Louie is traveling to Tignes, France this week for the final event of this winter's snowboard contest season, the European X Games. For more information about Louie's 2nd Place results at the 2012 U.S. Open on the official U.S. Open website CLICK HERE
Another sunny day with blue skies graced Mammoth Mountain, California for the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix Halfpipe finals. Olympian Louie Vito was gunning for an unprecedented 4th Grand Prix Overall Title. There was only one major obstacle in his way, he had to win this event to clinch the title.
Louie Vito, threw down an impressive first run which included a double crippler and higher amplitude on every hit than most of the competition. This run put him into 1st place with a 94.2.
As the second run rolled around, all the athletes began to step it up and it was fellow Olympian Greg Bretz who knocked Louie Vito out of the top podium position with a solid run earning him a 95.0.
The pressure was at its peak because there was only one rider left. The question was whether Louie Vito could step up to the challenge and not only score high enough to win this event but if he did better Bretz's 95.0, he would win his 4th U.S. Grand Prix Overall Title.
Vito has been known to ride extremely well under pressure, and he took full advantage by throwing 3 double-corks and a HUGE roast beef on his last hit, improving his score to a 98.2. This win made him the national champ for the 4th time in the past 5 years.
"I'm so pumped," said victorious Vito. "I set out to ride consistent, so coming away with the overall Grand Prix and Dew Tour this year is pretty satisfying." Vito went on to say, "But riding with Greg and Luke today and watching them throw down some good runs really pushed me to ride better and for me that is what it is all about."
Tune in to watch the exciting Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix Superpipe event on NBC-TV this Saturday, March 10th at Noon Eastern Time!
For more information about Louie's U.S. Grand Prix Overall Championship Title on the official U.S. Snowboarding website CLICK HERE
Experience the world of Red Bull like you have never seen it before. With the best action sports clips on the web and YouTube exclusive series, prepare for your "stoke factor" to be at an all time high.
Progressive pro snowboarder Louie Vito takes on an online series featuring life on the slopes -- competitions, video shoots, guns, and plenty of shredding.
"Livin' Louie Vito" takes a personal look into the life of an X Games medalist and how far Louie will go to work his way to the top.
Check back here every other Wednesday to watch the latest episode of "Livin' Louie Vito".
History was the theme at the Winter Dew Tour's 2012 Toyota Challenge this weekend as Louie Vito became the first male in snowboard superpipe to win back-to-back Dew Cups, the tour's overall title. Leading after the first run, Vito used his second run to score the highest score in men's snowboard pipe history with a 98.00.
Vito, who was second place in the overall standings coming into the Toyota championships, needed the win to secure the Dew Cup. "I knew I had a good run in my head - all I had to do was execute," Vito said. "Knowing that Iouri (Podladchikov) was riding behind me pushed me to land my best run. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Today it worked out. Having the Utah crowd here is extra motivation, I love winning in front of the biggest Dew Tour crowd."
Iouri Podladtchikov led Vito by two points in the Tour standings before dropping into the pipe. The matchup didn't disappoint, as the two went run for run with their best tricks in the 615 foot long superpipe, the longest ever built for competition, before finishing within a point of each other.
But Vito answered back in his winning run with four consecutive double corks & ending with a front 10 to a cab 7. For Vito, it was back-to-back Dew Cups after he pulled it off again this season.
To watch Louie Vito's winning run from the 2012 Dew Tour SLC Superpipe finals CLICK HERE
It clearly wasn't an easy day to be a Dew Tour judge after the battle that went down between Louie Vito and Iouri "I-Pod" Podlatchikov in the snowboard pipe finals at the the second stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Killington, Vermont.
Vito was holding on to the lead after his first run with a score of 94.75 that set the bar high and I-Pod was in second with a 91.75. As the final progressed no one was able to knock them from the top two spots and the contest would come down to their final runs.
I-Pod dropped first and linked a perfect double mctwist 12 into back-to-back 10's and jumped into the lead. With only one rider left, Louie dropped in. He threw down an equally amazing run, stomping three double corks. Only the judges could decide their fate, and I can speak for most of the people in the crowd when I say it was a decision I was glad was not in my hands.
"I hate losing no matter what," Vito said. "I-Pod put down a run and I can't control what he does. I just try to go out and put down a run, but now I need to step it up and make sure there's no question."
To watch Louie Vito's last run from the 2012 Dew Tour Killington Superpipe finals CLICK HERE
NEXT UP: X Games this Sunday, January 29th LIVE on ESPN.
Neither torrential rains, warm temperatures, nor the fact that there was very little snow cover at Mad River Mountain in Ohio could postpone or even damper the 8th annual Louie Vito Rail Jam.
Louie Vito and his family annually give back to a small Ohio community with a for-charity snowboarding event that provides meals and money for families in need. This year was no different. The entry fee for the event is one non-perishable food item, which ultimately provided food and supplies to countless families at the time of the year when it is needed most, after the Holidays.
Like years past, the awards ceremony for the event is always a production and a party in its own. Louie's generous sponsors provided enough products for nearly every person to go home with a prize valued well above their entry fee of a canned good.
The event included a fireworks display that equaled any Independence Day show and musical entertainment was provided by The Skratchmatik DJ Crew from Dayton, Ohio as they added beats that bumped the floor of the Loft as Louie showered the crowd with thousands of stickers, t-shirts, and hats. Prizes were awarded to the top three riders in each of the 5 categories. The grand prize was an all expenses paid trip (including airfare) to Windell's Summer Ski and Snowboard camp in Mount Hood, Oregon to ride the glaciers in the middle of summer. The trip was randomly chosen from all of those screaming fans in attendance. The evening culminated with a wild performance by the popular band from New York City, Trouble Andrew.
The entire Ohio region is ever grateful for what the Vito family has done not only for the community and its residents, but our local snowboarding scene and all of the kids that hold onto that dream that they can one day grow up to walk in the footsteps of Louie Vito.
To check out TV News broadcast video from the 2011 Louie Vito Rail Jam online CLICK HERE
The Breckenridge crowd was treated to a terrific battle of the world's greatest halfpipe snowboarders. The highly anticipated match-up between arguably the three best halfpipers, Shaun White, Louie Vito and Iouri Podladtchikov took place at the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour.
You know the competition is fierce when many of the world's big names didn't even make the finals. And the finals were no disappointment either. The level of riding was at a point rarely seen this early in the season.
Shaun White set the bar extremely high with a 95-point first run which featured his signature trick, the double McTwist 1260, as well as a frontside double cork 900, a backside 540, a frontside 540 grabbed stalefish and an alley-oop backside 540 to finish.
But it came down to the very last rider of the day, Louie Vito, the defending Dew Cup overall champion. Vito had some surprises of his own. Louie came out strong with a double crippler, Michalchuk, front double 10, cab double 10, front 12 and finished with a back 5
There was a long wait after Vito's run as the judges made the difficult decision of whether or not Louie's run was enough to upend White. When the judges finally posted their results and announced White as the winner, the crowd showed their disapproval.
The second leg of the Winter Dew Tour will take place in Killington, Vermont, January 19-22.
To check out video from the Dew Tour Breckenridge Superpipe online CLICK HERE
It was the first professional event of the North American season and yet the Grand Prix at Copper saw the top six men finish with scores higher than 90, a stunning display that sets a blistering pace for the unfurling halfpipe season.
Luke Mitrani's first and contest-winning descent of Copper's 22-foot superpipe scored a 96.40, raising the bar for the 15 other snowboarders who were ultimately unable to reach his near-perfect score. "When Luke dropped his ... first run, you just knew you had to bust out your best, biggest tricks," said Louie Vito, who won last year's Grand Prix, just eking past Mitrani. Louie Vito had a solid first-run score of 92.80, which had him in third, behind Mitrani and Bretz heading into the second lap.
As the top qualifier and the day's final rider, Vito dropped in with the podium already set, but the order was still up in the air. On his second go-round, Vito managed to improve his score for the day, throwing his first front 12 since last Winter's X Games. His run consisted of a double crippler into the mandatory straight method. He wrapped up second place with a front double 10 into a cab double 10, followed by said front 12. "That was a pretty intense day. I think everyone was throwing down, but I kind of saw that in practice - everyone was riding super well," Vito said. "When Luke (Mitrani) dropped the 96-point-something on the first run, you know you have to step it up and pull out some tricks you haven't done in a while."
To check out video from the 2011 USGP Copper Mountain Superpipe online CLICK HERE
Over the past 7 seasons, Louie and the Vito Family have hosted an annual for-charity rail jam on the slopes of Mad River Mountain designed to give back to the local community that has been supportive through out his career. This season the event is set to be held on Friday, December 30th at Mad River Mountain and includes plans to make the LVRJ 2011 the largest to date, featuring live entertainment, fireworks and more prizes than ever before.
For more information about the 2011 Louie Vito Rail Jam online CLICK HERE
Louie Vito is now Red Bull's newest snowboard athlete. When Shaun White parted ways with longtime sponsor Red Bull in July, one question floated in the wake of his departure: Who would replace White on Red Bull's snowboarding roster? Sure, that list still included Travis Rice, Mark McMorris, Greg Bretz, Eero Ettela, Heikki Sorsa, John Jackson, Marie France-Roy, Seb Toutant and Scotty James. But it was missing its marquee halfpipe rider. Who would be the benefactor of the private training sessions and secret halfpipes to which White no longer was privy?
That question was answered last week, when White's Olympic teammate, Louie Vito, signed with the energy behemoth. Now that the ink's dry on his new contract, ESPN asked Vito what it's like to grow wings a month before the start of the winter contest season.
To read more about Louie joining Red Bull from the ESPN.com interview online CLICK HERE
The idea for the video above was hatched amidst one of last season's deepest days at Powder Mountain in Utah. Photographer/cinematographer Stan Evans and Louie Vito came up with a plan that would eventually merge "Dirty Dancing" with a hectic day of slushy pipe shredding in one high-tech two-minute spot for Kicker Audio.
"Dancing With the Stars was a great opportunity to reach a whole different demographic and hopefully bring some new fans to snowboarding," said Vito of the thing that he is most known for in the mainstream. "It was Stan's idea to do the spoof."
ESPN.com caught up with Vito to talk to him a little bit about the video spot, living out of a suitcase, backcountry shredding, and baring it all for ESPN The Magazine on his recent "Body Issue" shoot.
To watch the commercial and read more from the ESPN.com interview online CLICK HERE
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone, baseball player Jose Reyes, soccer player Hope Solo, football player Steven Jackson, NBA player Blake Griffin and snowboarder Louie Vito are among the athletes posing nude for ESPN The Magazine's third annual Body Issue.
More than 20 athletes will appear naked (with their private parts strategically covered) in a section of the issue titled "Bodies We Want." The issue, the magazine's annual "exploration and celebration of the athletic form," hits newsstands on October 7th.
"This is an issue in the short time we've been doing it that's become pretty anticipated," ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Chad Millman told the newspaper. "In terms of the athletes we've attracted, we feel like the group is really strong."
Louie has been on a mission this Spring and Summer with an intense focus on being the best he can be. He has changed the way he eats and the way he trains by working with the very best experts in the world. His progress is best shown with this picture.
Louie Vito has been training hard this summer. His ability to keep focused at the task at hand allowed him to land some extremely difficult tricks when it counted. Beginning in the semi finals and all the way through his third and final run in the Finals, Louie progressively got stronger and better.
Vito took the lead with his second run (a Crippler, Backside 540 Mute, Frontside 1080 Double Cork, Cab 1080 Double Cork Truckdriver and Frontside 1080) and was still in first place going into the third of his three Finals runs.
This contest was far from over just as Ryo Aono, landed the run he wanted. It started strong with a Frontside 1080 which lead into a Cab 1080, Frontside 900, Backside 900 and Frontside 1080 Double Cork. Vito tried to answer with huge back-to-back-to-back double corks in his final run, but couldn't put it together. As always, Louie tried to up the ante and if he had landed that run there would have been little doubt of the outcome.
Louie's score from his second run held on for a second place podium finish. Vito continues to add to his amazing streak which now stands at nine podium finishes since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics!
For more information about the New Zealand Open CLICK HERE
If you ever want to hear an expressive crowd of SuperPipe fans, watch an event at Tignes, France. With every hit of Friday, March 18th night's final event of the Winter X Games Europe, something between a roar and a sigh went up from the crowd of more than 22,000.
Defending Winter X Europe gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov was one of the few riders able to hold down a solid first run. Then along came Louie Vito. Vito threw a double crippler to Michalchuk to frontside double cork 1080 to cab double cork 1080 to frontside 1080, moving him into first place with a score of 93.00.
Vito has had three doubles in his run for awhile now, but tonight he boosted them just a little bit higher. "I've always had the technical tricks, but haven't had the amplitude," said Vito, "so I've been working on that. Last year I didn't go as big, and it showed in my score."
"I thought the pipe was good; the riding was great," said Vito, who was all smiles after the last rider dropped and his winning score held the top spot. "It's great. This is my first X Games gold medal. So obviously, I'm stoked." In the end, no one could top Louie's score and as the cameras descended on Vito, he stood off to the side, looking at the score board with a smile.
Congratulations to Louie on what many consider one of the very best halfpipe seasons of any pro rider!
For more information and video of Louie's winning run CLICK HERE
At Mammoth one of the crowd favorites, Louie Vito, unfortunately did not land his first run on the first finals lap. However, Louie Vito came back strong in his second run and put together an impressive combination including back-to-back doubles, which bumped him up to third place and finishing on the men’s podium plus still able to take the overall Grand Prix title.
While it wasn't the exact event result he was looking for, Vito was still pleased to come away with his second overall series title of the season. "It is what it is. I wish I were a little higher, obviously. You always want to do better and better. I stayed on my feet after a weird first run. I took home the overall, which is good, so I am happy about that, too," Vito said.
For more information and photos from the Mammoth Grand Prix CLICK HERE
Louie Vito won the first two stops of the Winter Dew Tour and came into the final stop in Utah for the Toyota Championships favored to win the overall Dew Cup. That’s exactly what he did.
With one more rider left to drop at Snowbasin, Louie Vito, strapped in, got focused, and began his final run. Having won at both the Breck and Killington stops and as the current Dew Tour points leader, he would only need to finish 6th or better to take the 2011 crown. Vito drops in, goes back-to-back doubles, but skids out on the last hit. The crowd waited, and Louie would do it. Not enough for the podium at Snowbasin, but more then enough to earn him $25,000 and the overall Dew Tour Championship.
“I wanted to get the Dew Cup for sure, but I would have liked to have made it a perfect season or ended up with podiums at every contest this year,” Vito said. “But it’s getting better and my riding is coming along. It’s getting better as the season goes on and at the end of the day that’s all that matters to me.”
“You always think about the Dew Cup before you even start the season, but after the first win it definitely throws a lot of momentum in your direction,” Vito said. “You always want more and more, and I guess that’s what keeps me progressing,”
For more information and photos from the Dew Cup ceremony CLICK HERE
Louie Vito, who until this point has always been a Winter X bridesmaid, but never a bride, won his first Winter X (in the US) medal at Winter X Games 15 in Aspen Colorado. "That's the first front 12 I've thrown all year," said Vito. "I'm happy I landed. It probably could have been a little better looking, but I stayed on my feet. It's nice to do it in front of all these people. They're so stoked, and it's always nice to hang out with people who are just hyped on snowboarding."
To top it off, this year on the last night of the Winter X Games, Louie Vito took the reigns as party aficionado and threw the official after party of the extreme games. He recruited Yelawolf and DJ Z Trip to rip up it up on stage at Aspen's legendary venue, Belly Up.
For more from the Winter X Games 15 Superpipe finals on Snowboardermag.com CLICK HERE
Louie Vito has begun 2011 the same way he ended 2010 - at the top of the podium. The Olympian won his second straight Dew Tour and third straight superpipe event at the Winter Dew Tour, stop #2, in Killington, Vermont. Vito opened the season in December with a win in the Visa Grand Prix, and followed up later in December with another win on the first stop of the Dew Tour, in Breckenridge, CO. Vito could have won with either of his two runs this weekend, as he was the only rider in the finals to land a double cork, let alone stick two back to back.
"A double cork is a good thing to have, but it's not a guaranteed win just by doing one," Vito said. "There are riders out there who don't have a double cork, but if they throw down they could easily beat me." Vito ended his first run with a slight butt check at the end of the run which left him unsatisfied going into his second run but the judges still gave Vito a high enough score (90.00) to beat runner-up JJ Thomas.
"I just wanted to do a cleaner run than my first run and do a run that I was stoked on so I just wanted to put it down," Vito said. In what could have been a cruisy victory lap after already being named the winner, Vito upped the ante with his front double cork 10, cab double cork 10, crippler roast beef, Michalchuk and frontside 10. When the score was tallied, Vito earned 3 more points to take the win with a 93.00. Louie's win further secures his lead in the overall Dew Tour rankings heading into the final stop of the 2010-11 season and putting him as one of the leading contenders for the Toyota Athlete of the Year.
The four-day competition was the second of three stops on the 2010-11 Winter Dew Tour. The third and final event is the Toyota Championships February 10-13 at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.
To watch video of the Killington finals on Snowboarding.Transworld.net CLICK HERE
Fresh off back-to-back half pipe first place victories, Ohio's own Louie Vito returned to his hometown of Bellefontaine for his annual charity rail jam. The event drew a record crowd of over 700 loyal fans and 350 event participants. Louie's autograph session was scheduled to run from 2pm-3pm, and the shear number of dedicated fans presented a time constraint issue. But, Louie talked to each fan one-on-one and posed for pictures - all with his signature smile.
Following the Rail Jam, competitors headed inside for free swag from Louie's generous sponsors. Louie's sponsors provided over $25,000 in snowboards, skate decks, sunglasses, electronics, video game components, and many more products. This year's event was by far the biggest ever and if the smiles and excitement are any indication - who knows what next year's Louie Vito Rail Jam will be like! Louie's next competition is the Winter Dew Tour stop #2 at Killington, VT LIVE on NBC, Saturday, January 22nd.
To watch short Louie Vito Rail Jam montage CLICK HERE
The snowboard superpipe finals were a case of rider against nature when the clouds started dumping powder. Things didn't go as planned for Louie Vito in his first run even through he threw down two double corks right off the bat. In his second run, the high flier from Ohio came out charging with a frontside double cork 1080 to a cab double cork 1080 to a crippler to a Michalchuk to a frontside 1080 to a cab 720. It was the sickest run of the contest, and catapulted Louie into a dominating lead with a score of 90.25. His score held on throughout the rest of the finals, and Louie took home the win.
"Last year I landed all my good runs in the second run," Vito said. "I like contests, I like the pressure and I like having to stick it right then and there. So in the second run I just had to put it down and I just wanted to come out strong in the first two hits because I knew it was going to get slower as I went down."
It was the second time in eight days Vito won a major contest on a powdery pipe. He claimed the U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix last week at Copper Mountain, on a similarly snowy day. Vito's next competition will be in mid January at the second stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Killington, Vermont.
To watch Louie's Powerbar Performance of the Yr. Nomine CLICK HERE
Louie Vito stuck to reliable tricks to win the first major pipe competition of the Northern Hemisphere winter at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Vito, 22, stomped back-to-back double cork 1080s - frontside to cab, a combo he has "pretty much on lock" to pass Luke Mitrani, 27.9 points to 26.7.
For Vito, Saturday's victory was his second in three years at the Copper Grand Prix. Vito followed his perfectly executed first two hits with a frontside stiffy, a backside 9 and a front 10, all of which featured solid amplitude.
"I'm really stoked! I'm happy to land a run when I had to and start the season off well," Vito said. "It's good to have landed and to be on the podium with two of my best friends." "I'm happy to be back into contests and to shake those pre contest season jitters out of the way. You get rid of the anxiety and remember the feelings you have up there and you're ready to move forward," Vito said. Vito's next competition is this coming week in the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado.
To watch video of the Finals on Snowboarding.Transworld.net CLICK HERE
About 400 Ohio residents attended a homecoming celebration for local Olympian Louie Vito Sunday afternoon at the Holland Theatre. Fans were lined up outside the theatre as Louie was escorted in a limo just before two o'clock. It was the Bellefontaine native's first appearance in his hometown since the Olympics.
Louie received proclamations from several elected officials, including State Senator Karen Gillmor, the Logan County Commissioners, State Representative Dave Burke, Bellefontaine Mayor Adam Brannon, and Congressman Jim Jordan. Mayor Brannon (pictured with Louie) showcased a sign declaring Bellefontaine "The Hometown of Olympian Louie Vito." The signs will be placed at all entrances to the city.
Louie took the stage and thanked the community for all of its support over the last year. He said "Dancing with the Stars" was a great experience that actually helped him prepare for the pressure of the Winter Olympics. The first 200 visitors on Sunday received a free commemorative T-shirt featuring Louie. Although the event was set for two hours, Louie signed autographs until 5:45.
To listen to Louie Vito recap the event, discuss his future plans, and more CLICK HERE
To watch a video recap from the day of the event CLICK HERE
Louie Vito will be returning to his hometown of Bellefontaine Ohio for two events on November 6th and 7th. The first event is titled The Capital Rail Jam in Columbus at the LC Pavillion and the next day Louie will be present at The Holland Theater for his formal dedication of a "Welcome to Bellefontaine Home of 2010 Olympic Snowboarder Louie Vito" city entrance sign.
For The Capital Rail Jam on November 6th 2010, The Mad River Mountain Staff will be hauling over 30 tons of ice to Downtown Columbus, then transform The LC Pavilion into a ski slope, complete with freestyle rail features. The event will be showcased with a guest appearance by local Snowboard Olympian and Dancing with the Stars contestant Louie Vito. Live entertainment will be provided by two time snowboard half-pipe Olympian Trevor Andrew aka Trouble Andrew and Professional Snowboarder, DJ Marc Frank Montoya. Emcee for the event is Quiksilver team rider and X-Games Announcer Todd Richards. Throughout the day the public can participate in a freestyle ski and snowboard event that culminates with a Rail Jam to compete for over $3000 in cash and numerous prizes.
On Sunday, November 7th from 2-4 pm, The Louie Vito Welcome Home Party will be held at The Holland Theater. This is a FREE event, open to the public and includes FREE T-shirts to the first 200 people, FREE door prizes and FREE autographs! Food and refreshments will be served, the Bellefontaine High School Pep Band will play, videos from Louie's Olympic and "Dancing with the Stars" experience will be shown, Skratchmatik Krew (DJs from Dayton) will perform live, and a question and answer session with Louie will all be part of this fun, FREE event! There will also be a formal dedication of a "Welcome to Bellefontaine Home of 2010 Olympic Snowboarder Louie Vito" city entrance sign. These signs will be permanently displayed at all of the entrances to the city of Bellefontaine, Ohio.
For more information about The Capital Rail Jam at the LC Pavillion CLICK HERE
For more information about The Holland for The Louie Vito Welcome Home Party CLICK HERE
An all-new Tony Hawk game, Tony Hawk®: SHRED allows kids to “GO BIG” and feel the excitement of skate and snowboarding like the pros using the game’s innovative, motion-sensing board controller right at their feet.
With pro athletes, including Louie Vito, and the godfather of skate himself, Tony Hawk, SHRED is packed to the brim with larger-than-life moments, huge jumps and gaps, incredibly steep drops and decents, and a veritable goody bag’s worth of motion activated, jaw-dropping tricks – enticing kids to get off the couch, be physically active and get immersed in the action.
Tony Hawk®: SHRED will be available for purchase in November of 2010 and you can pre-order the game through the SHRED website. You can also preview his game avatar in the character section of the SHRED website.
To check out Louie in the teaser video on the BIO & VIDEO page CLICK HERE
ESPN.com/action works in boards and bikes, but also appreciates a pigskin grudge match as much as the next red-blooded American, so here's one: How do action sports stars stack up to NFL studs?
They love football season at ESPN Action Sports, even though their true passions are for skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skiing, BMX and freestyle motocross. But every fall, when listening to their mainstream colleagues obsess over the physical attributes of their favorite players, they wondered how the top athletes from respective worlds would stack up. This year, they decided to stop speculating and start making pound-for-pound comparisons. What was discovered might surprise you: NFL ballers and action sports stars have a lot in common when it comes to physical gifts, and sometimes the latter beat out the former.
Louie Vito was recently profiled on ESPN.com/action for comparison in Agility with 5-10, 175 pound NFL player DeSean Jackson from the Philadelphia Eagles.
To read more about how the two stacked up to eachother online CLICK HERE
The last 12 months have been a busy time for snowboarding and snowboarders, none particularly more so than Louie Vito. Snowlife last spoke with Louie a little over a year ago when he was coming off a successful competitive season. Since then, Louie has truly kept himself busy not only in snowboarding itself, but in raising the profile of all snowboarders and snowboarding worldwide.
Snowlife caught up with Louie to get the low down on his past 12 months and what's to come for the 2011 season.
To read more of the interview with Louie online CLICK HERE
The last day of competition of the Burton New Zealand Open went down on Sunday August 15th at Cardrona Alpine Resort in the Southern Lakes of New Zealand. The rider list was packed with heavy hitters that were ready to slay. The halfpipe competition was changed to due to the inclement weather leading up to the contest: It ran with one super final, with each rider getting two runs each to please the judges and take care of business.
Cardrona's halfpipe shaper John Melville worked through the night, with a snowstorm that didn't let up until 2 a.m., to tune up the event's 22-foot Olympic-sized creation. The freshly-cut pipe was then salted, slipped and dyed, setting the stage for a stunt ditch battle of epic proportions.
At last year's Global Open here in New Zealand Shaun White won the comp with back-to-back double corks, but this year Louie Vito stepped up the game with a triple threat double cork combo (frontside 1080 double-cork to Cab 1080 double-cork to double crippler). But that only got him third place!
Vito arrived in New Zealand only a couple of days before the event and had not landed a competition run since last March's U.S. Open. Because he was granted a free pass to the finals (due to the weather) Louie gambled that he would land his extremely difficult run in at least one of his only two chances in the finals. He almost landed the perfect run his first shot but couldn't quite make his third double cork. His "go big or go home" mantra put plenty of pressure on this Olympian but he plowed through the pressure and landed a beautiful final run that shot him from the bottom of the pack to the podium.
The Burton NZ Open will go down once again in the history books as a preview of the progressive riding and good times we'll all see on display in this coming Northern Hemisphere winter season.
For more coverage of Louie at the Burton Global New Zealand Open CLICK HERE
Shortly after the first ever 2010 Winter X Games Europe, Louie returned to Stratton Mountain in Vermont for the annual Burton U.S. Open Superpipe finals.
Louie Vito dropped into another back-to-back-to-back series of double corks, jumping into second place with a run that left everyone dizzy. Louie pulled off a double cork 1080, to cab double cork 1080, to double crippler, then a backside nine and a huge frontside 1260. Whoa!
Louie's Bio & Video page has been updated to include the footage of his U.S. Open run.
This time Vito had to settle for another under judged score that kept him in second. On paper, Vito's run added up to a whole lot more, and the crowd let the judges know their position after the spinning snowboarder did not make it on the top step of the podium.
To watch Louie's U.S. Open Superpipe finals run CLICK HERE
Looking back, the Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final at the first ever 2010 Winter X Games Europe could have been the best pipe contest of the year. The highlight of the entire Euro X Games was the Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final.
The stand out for the night was definitely Louie Vito's run. Although it only took third place he opened with three doubles back-to-back-to-back. That is the first time those tricks have ever been done consecutively in a contest.
Louie's Bio & Video page has been updated to include the footage of his ground breaking run. Also, check back soon for another 2010 contest video from the U.S. Open to be added to LouieVito.com
To watch Louie's first ever back-to-back-to-back double cork Superpipe run CLICK HERE
Louie Vito and the rest of the Olympic Snowboard team got their chance meet our nation's main man, the notorious 'Big O,' President Barack Obama. Over 200 Olympic athletes were greeted by the President and First Lady at a white house reception on Wednesday, April 21.
The day was spent touring 1600 Pennsylvania Lane, while waiting for the President to greet each athlete individually. According to Louie Vito, upon meeting our President, Mr. Obama remarked "Now that's what I expected a snowboarder to look like." The comment came regarding Vito's attire which consisted of a signature "LV" silver and diamond necklace, a black beanie, kakis pants and a white tee. We wonder what Vito thought about Prez's attire...
Following the quick meet and greet with the President, many of the athletes headed over to the Pentagon for a tour of our Nation's Department of Defense. With the contest season coming to close, this was a great way for all the Olympic Athletes to get together and celebrate their great accomplishments at the 2010 Winter Games.
To check out photos from Louie's visit to the White House CLICK HERE
For Louie Vito and many of snowboarding’s elite, airplanes, transfers and hotel rooms are the overwhelming norm. Theirs is a life spent in constant motion; a never-ending road, spanning the globe for the next session, contest, photoshoot or publicity event. Sometimes, just sometimes, even Mother Earth will step in to repay your devotion to the life.
During a recent TransWorld halfpipe session in Tahoe, CA, Ma Nature came to call in a gorgeous display: 38 inches of pure, organic heaven descended upon Alpine Meadows - in a single night. With the filming attempts forced on-hold the crew packed up and headed straight to Meadows. Vito had not been gifted a single powder day so far this season, and was determined to get the most out of every slash, shot and chute possible.
In the end, it was epic - a day seemingly created for 5 am cat rides and 4 pm liftie bribes. It’s difficult to predict, but these experiences reaffirm what needs to be said: time and place are two of the most important facets to crafting a lasting memory, and this session held a lifetime’s worth for all.
To check out the photos from a pow day for the ages CLICK HERE
At the 2010 US Open Superpipe finals Louie Vito dropped into a back-to-back-to-back series of double corks, jumping into second place with a run that left everyone dizzy. Louie pulled off a double cork 1080, to cab double cork 1080, to double crippler, then a backside nine and a huge frontside 1260. Whoa!
This time Vito had to settle for another under judged score that kept him in second. On paper, Vito's run added up to a whole lot more, and the crowd let the judges know their position after the spinning snowboarder did not make it on the top step of the podium.
"I'm just stoked to do it," said Vito about sticking three double flips into one run. "Danny Davis has always a been a good friend of mine, and he did three and broke them down in different spots. Danny and Kevin inspired me -- so I just had to step it up and try something different."
To watch Louie's US Open back-to-back-to-back double cork Superpipe run CLICK HERE
This coming weekend, Louie will be at Mountain High in California for his "Ride With Louie" day on Saturday, March 27th.
The Men's Snowboard SuperPipe Final at the first ever Winter X Games Europe could have been the best pipe contest of the year. The event attracted some of the best snowboarders on the planet to Tignes, France and entertained the huge crowds who gathered for three days of incredible action. The highlight of the entire Euro X Games was the Men's Snowboard Superpipe Final. The lineup was an impressive who's who of progressive snowboarders and there was an expectant buzz of excitement as a number of Olympic riders took to the hill..
The final winner was Iour Podlatchikov (iPod), with Matheiu Crepel of France in second and America's Louie Vito in third place. iPod's run was technical, clean and big on style and amplitude but the stand out for the night was definitely Louie Vito's run. Although it only took third place he opened with three doubles back-to-back-to-back. That is the first time that trick has ever been done in a contest. Spinning on two axis at once with two full flips, Vito made history by being the first person to ever open a run with three back to back to back tricks like this. The fact that Vito's score, a 92.33 didn't beat Crepel's, was upsetting. The crowd went wild but the judges didn't seem to be as impressed and only gave him the bronze.
At the media conference following the event Vito said, "After I fell on the first run, I was over trying to do a mellow run and just went for it. I was stoked. I don't think three in a row has ever been done before and to do it in a contest was great! In the end you're trying to please four people and if the run you like doesn't please them there's nothing you can do. I was really glad I landed that run and that's about all you can say."
To watch Louie's first ever back-to-back-to-back double cork Superpipe run CLICK HERE
Next weekend Louie will be at Stratton Mountain in Vermont for the U.S. Open Superpipe contest.
Louie Vito has another update on his People.com 2010 Olympic Blog that shares how he felt about the judges scores following Wednesday's event – and what is coming up next for him.
Louie writes "I'm happy with both my runs. I wish I could've ended up on the podium, but it is what it is. Shaun was the only other person you really saw in finals land the back-to-back double corks, which I think shows the difficulty of those tricks. But I guess [the judges] were looking for more amplitude … I can't control what they are looking for. To me, it was kind of nice to hear the crowd booing both times at the end when they saw my scores because at least they were into it. That's all that matters."
Louie is off to France next to chill and hang out at the Europe X Games.
U.S. snowboarder Louie Vito, a first-time Olympian, was checking in with SI.com throughout the Games to offer an inside view of the sights and sounds in Vancouver.
Louie discusses his reflection on the fifth place finish he was handed down and the rest of his experience in Vancouver. He also explains what his interpretation of the judges vs. crowd reaction following his two solid runs in the halfpipe finals.
Louie explains, "I was a little bit surprised my scores were so low. But it was nice to hear the crowd boo for both of my scores, because it's good to have the people watching stoked for your runs. People were stoked on it and I represented my style and the way I snowboard, and that's ultimately what mattered to me.
To read more about his experience on SI.com CLICK HERE
Louie Vito has another update on his People.com 2010 Olympic Blog that shares how he deals with the pressure going into Wednesday's event – and what he'll do when it's all over.
Louie writes "I listen to music. I listen to my iPod every day during practice, and that’s the best. I’m listening to mostly rap and hip-hop. It gets me pumped to go. Anything with a good beat can really get me in the zone but be relaxing at the same time. I make a playlist that always changes depending on what I’m in the mood for. I’m always mixing it up."
The day starts early on Wednesday and it goes late so either way at the end of the day, he's just gonna chill hard and hang out.
Louie Vito will be blogging from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver for PEOPLE.COM. Louie reflects on the luge racer's death and talks about two of his own teammates who were seriously injured.
Louie writes, "The crash just shows how dangerous some of those sports are. In snowboarding you face it. It was a reality check. You don't take anything for granted because you never know when it could be taken away. How do you react? I think his team wants to show their support and love for another countryman, but at the same time they want to go out that much faster and go that much better for him."
USA TODAY wrote and online story about the newest 1080 double-cork trick variations that will be essential to the winning run of the upcoming Winter Olympics.
The double-cork is snowboarding's must-have trick in Vancouver. Two members of the U.S. snowboarding team, Shaun White and Louie Vito, can land back-to-back double corks. The Vancouver Game is the first time these tricks will appear in Olympic competition.
Louie will line up at the top of the superpipe among all of the snowboard Olympic athletes on Wednesday February 17th for the 2010 Winter Olympic Halfpipe finals. The event will be televised LIVE on NBC beginning at 8PM PST.
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American Olympian Louie Vito talks adamantium claws, ''Dancing With the Stars'' and ripping it up at the Olympics!
Fresh off an impressive showing in Season 9 of "Dancing With the Stars," and now vying for Olympic gold at the 2010 Winter Games, Louie Vito is a spinning, jumping and trick stomping force to be reckoned with.
Exploding onto the scene in 2005 at the age of 17, Vito represents the new wave of riders pushing snowboarding progression to the next level. With a career boasting first place wins at the Australian Open, Jeep King of the Mountain, Killington Grand Prix and a U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Championship, Louie Vito was just warming up.
Now a part of Team U.S.A. for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and a favorite to make the podium, Louie is poised to rule the world. Plus, he's just an all-around chill dude.
Marvel.com caught up with Louie for an interview, to check it out CLICK HERE
Louie Vito has launched his official online store that is now open for business! Louie Vito fans can shop to purchase LV merchandise such as mens, womens, and kids tees, plus accessories.
Purchases are accepted with Visa, Mastercard, Diner's Club, American Express and PayPal. The store will process debit cards and check or money order is also possible. Once payment has been received, your order will be started during the next business day.
Shipping will be processed within 24 to 48 hours after order placement and payment. The available shipping options are Standard Shipping, 3 Day Select, Next Day Air Saver, UPS International Premium, USPS International Economy.
Louie's online store is secure and your shopping transaction will be protected with SSL security encryption.
To check out Louie's store and start shopping CLICK HERE
Louie Vito has qualified for the US Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Team on January 23rd in Park City, UT. Vito finished with 800 points on the season after having secured two 2nd place finishes at the Copper and Mammoth Grand Prix stops.
“When I get to Vancouver, I want it to be an experience and really take it all in”, said Vito of his Olympic opportunity. “You know, it’s a once in a lifetime chance and I want to do well and put down a good run, but I just really want to take it all in and enjoy it, and have fun.”
The Olympic Team was determined by ranking the riders according to their two best finishes among the five (5) Grand Prix events. The third best finish was used in the event of a tie.
Louie would like to thank his sponsors for their support: 686, Monster Energy Drink, Omatic, Spy, Skullcandy, Sprint, Mountain High, Kicker, Neff and Vestal.
For more information and to check out Louie on his Olympic profile CLICK HERE
FUEL TV will host the live HD webcast for the 2010 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals on January 23, 2010. The webcast will run from 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT to 10:45pm ET/7:45pm PT on FUEL TV's website www.fuel.tv/ussnowboarding. FUEL TV will feature both men's and women's halfpipe finals, awards and 2010 Vancouver Olympic team announcement.
Louie Vito will be riding the Superpipe competition with hopes of placing on the podium and qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team.
The national TV broadcast will be on Sunday January 24th at 3pm (Eastern Time) on NBC.
COME ON OUT TO MEET LOUIE!
on Sunday January 24th after the contest Louie will be hosting an AUTOGRAPH SIGNING at the Sugarhouse Chipotle in SLC from 11:30 - 12:30PM.
For more information about the FUEL.TV USGP WEBCAST CLICK HERE
Vancouver is Looking Real Good! Louie Vito found a way to land his second and final run and as a result he soared to a second place finish at the third of five Olympic Qualifiers. For Vito, two second-place finishes have him closing in on an Olympic spot and, while not mathematically solidified yet, it is almost a certain thing and he's happy with where he's standing.
"I can't really do much more, I just have to keep riding strong and keep getting better. I hope two seconds get me through, I have another contest and I could get a first, but I'm just going to try to be consistent," Vito said.
Vito put down a double cork, cab double cork, frontside air, backside 9, and a frontside 1080 for his spot on the podium and he plans to keep upping the ante to make it to the Games. "I landed, I got a top three. That's all I really wanted and all I could hope for. Everyone's riding well and I have to keep stepping it up and I'm hoping for the best and what gets me to Vancouver," Vito said. The podium finish, however, puts Vito in solid position for making the U.S. team headed to Vancouver in February.
This year's rail jam attendance shattered previous year's record crowds by over twenty percent, to nearly 300 riders, with double that number, in curious spectators. The event took place at Louie's old stomping grounds, Mad River Mountain. Prior to the Rail Jam, Louie sat for an autograph signing and was welcomed by a line of crazed fans. He signed everything from t-shirts to posters for over three hours before he joined the rest of his fellow snow lovers on the slopes.
Afterward, the awards ceremony for the event is always a production - a party in its own. The Skratchmatik DJ Crew added beats that bumped the floor of the Loft as Louie showered the crowd with thousands of stickers, t-shirts, and hats. Prizes were awarded to the top three riders in each of the 5 categories. The grand prize one week trip to Windell's Summer Ski and Snowboard camp on Mount Hood, OR was randomly chosen from a box containing each of the contestant's bibs. To bolster the funds being donated to the local charities, Louie autographed assorted items including several of his pro model snowboards and sold raffle tickets for a chance to win the collectors items. The entire Ohio region is ever grateful for what the Vito family has done for the community, its residents and the local snowboarding scene.
For more photos from the Louie Vito Rail Jam CLICK HERE
The men's final for the US Snowboarding GP at Copper was exactly what it promised to be: a double-cork-a-thon. Louie Vito's back-to-back double-cork 10s looked even flashier than Shaun White's, however he finished in second. Vito and White are still the only riders to land back-to-back double corks in competition.
Vito finished his first run with a 12, but sketched the landing and opted to play it safe and drop it from his second run. "I hate losing," Vito said. "And I usually have the 12 on lock. But the overall points difference between second and third place is huge, and I have to keep my eye on the prize — the Olympics. So I'm happy starting off the season with second."
Louie Vito has organized a Rail Jam contest for the past several years and this years event is set to be held on Saturday, December 26th at Mad River Mountain in his home state of Ohio.
Competitors can enter the Rail Jam for FREE by bringing one non-perishable food item of canned or boxed goods or paper products like towels or tissue to be donated to the St. Patrick Church's St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. The Grand Prize will be a week long session at Windell's Camp in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Other prizes include products from Omatic, 686, Kicker Audio, Monster Energy and more. Competitors can sign up on December 26th at 2:00PM in the Trophy Room.
For more information about the Louie Vito Rail Jam CLICK HERE
Louie Vito’s successful run on ABC's Dancing With The Stars is over, but the snowboarding champ is continuing his series of exclusive video blogs for RadarOnline.com in the winter wonderland of Colorado, as he hones his craft in search of Olympic gold.
The 21-year-old Vito is busting his buns in anticipation of the Winter Olympics, which takes place February 12-28, 2010, in the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Louie Vito has another update on the People.com "Dancing with the Stars" TV Watch during his first week of not returning to the stage after being eliminated last week.
Louie discusses his thoughts about not continuing to advance on the show and lets everyone know he is actually bummed that he is not practicing for his next performance. His competitive spirit had fueled his progress on the show through each week and to be eliminated was like losing a huge snowboarding contest to him.
Louie and Chelsie thank all the fans that had voted for them. Over the past weekend they both went to Knott's Scary Farms, the movies, and hit the slopes of Mt. High to have some fun snowboarding.
The blog update was posted online November 3rd, 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has another update on the People.com "Dancing with the Stars" TV Watch following his head to head elimination dance on October 26th against Michael Irvin and his partner.
Louie had to face his knockout dance this week with a head-to-head elimination and the competition was tough. The knockout dance Louie and Chelsie chose was the jive and they had 30 seconds to perform. In the end the judges unfortunately decided to dismiss Louie and Chelsie.
Louie and Chelsie were happy with their time performing on DWTS and are proud they had been advancing with the help of the viewer votes. Louie and Chelsie thank all the fans that have voted for them. P.S. Louie and Chelsie are getting along great.
The People.com article was posted online October 28th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has posted another Monday update on his People.com "Dancing with the Stars" Blog following his fifth week of advancing through the show to perform his October 19th dances.
Louie had to learn three dances this week. The Argentine tango, the hustle (group dance) and a knockout dance, which will be used next week if you are in the bottom two.
Louie also discusses Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry … He doesn’t actually have much to say about this. Chelsie and Louie get along. They are the same age which works for the better. Louie and Chelsie thank all the viewers that have voted for them and hope their performance on the next episode earns them votes needed to advance.
Louie's blog was updated on October 19th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has posted another update to his People.com Dancing with the Stars Blog following his fourth week of training in preparation for the two-step dance on October 12th.
Louie describes how he prepared for the new western inspired dance routine by traveling to Texas along with his partner Chelsie to meet her friend Ty Murray and discover his inner cowboy.
Ty suited Louie up with some of his cowboy wardrobe and showed him the ropes of being on the ranch including lasso and horseback riding lessons. The trip to Texas definitely helped Louie prepare for the country themed two-step. Louie and Chelsie thank all the viewers that have voted for them and hope their performance on the next episode earns them votes needed to advance.
Louie's blog was updated on October 12th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has posted another update to his People.com Dancing with the Stars Blog prior to his third week of training in preparation for the rumba dance on October 5th.
Louie also recaps his feelings on the second week's performance of the jive and how he was happy with the dance even if he did not get the highest scores from the judges.
Regardless of what the judges have scored him on the performance it has been the votes of the viewers that have advanced him to another week on DWTS and the chance to dance the rumba. Louie and Chelsie thank all the viewers that have voted for them and hope their performance on the next episode earns them votes needed to continue on the show.
Louie's blog was updated on October 5th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has posted an update to his People.com Dancing with the Stars Blog that recaps his first week of dancing on the ABC Primetime show DWTS.
Louie had a good first round with two dances that got him voted to continue on to the second round. Thank you to everyone who voted with support for Louie and Chelsie that got them the numbers they needed to advance.
Louie's blog was updated on September 28th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
An ESPN.com online article follows up on Louie's debut appearance on Dancing With The Stars from September 21st. Click here to see Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower making their official debut with the foxtrot dance. Also take a quick look at what various bloggers are saying about Vito in the ESPN article.
The ESPN.com article was posted on September 22nd 2009 - Click the link below to read more.
A sports columnist for the WashingtonPost.com website posted and article about Louie Vito and his upcoming DWTS premiere on September 21st. The story weighs in on both perspectives of the DWTS primetime TV viewer's and the pro snowboarding community's expectations on Louie's performance.
The WashingtonPost.com article was posted on September 19th 2009 - Click the link below to read more from the artice.
The United States Olympic Committee website, USOC.com has recently posted a story about Louie Vito and his upcoming debut for the DWTS premiere on September 21st. Louie was among nearly 80 athletes who were in Chicago last week for the USOC Media Summit, a gathering designed for news media covering U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls for the 2010 Vancouver Games.
The USOC story was posted on September 18th 2009 - Click the links below to check the story out!
RadarOnline.com recently posted exclusive inside the studio practice video with DWTS duo Chelsie Hightower and Louie Vito. The pair discusses their progress on the floor and what is in store for the premiere on Monday, September 21st.
Radar Online has the exclusive practice footage - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito had recently headed straight to a flight to Chicago for a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Media Summit and that day turned out to be crazy busy with interviews and photo shoots for the upcoming Winter Olympics. So now, one of the interviews he did has been posted on the website for the Chicago Tribune newspaper.
Louie's interview was posted on September 11th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has posted an update to his People.com Dancing with the Stars Blog that recaps his past two weeks of training and travel schedules in preparation for the DWTS premiere on September 21st.
Louie has been from LA to SLC to Chicago and back to LA to keep up with DWTS and the upcoming snowboarding season.
Recently he headed straight to a flight to Chicago for a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Media Summit. That day turned out to be crazy busy with interviews and photo shoots for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Then 24 hours later it was back to L.A. to get serious for this last week of DWTS practice.
Louie's blog was updated on September 15th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Louie Vito has just taken on yet another responsibility - blogging about his DWTS experience on People.com. As you may know, People.com attracts a huge number of readers (about 12 million unique visitors) which is astronomical, and that is on a WEEKLY basis!
This unique opportunity allows Louie to frequently engage with the mainstream public. His online podium will enable Louie to be an ambassador for snowboarding and expose the sport to millions and millions of people. That is exactly what snowboarding needs in order to advance it to the next level of popularity.
Louie's first blog was published on September 7th 2009 - Click the link below to check it out!
Good Morning America announced on Monday August 17th that pro snowboarder Louie Vito will be competing on this season's Dancing With The Stars. The show is the top rated ABC television show and is seen by some 22 million viewers per episode. (The only other show that commands those kinds of viewers is American Idol.)
The first show of the new season will be broadcast LIVE on ABC, Monday, September 21st with a two hour special. The following night, Tuesday, September 22nd, Dancing With The Stars will be on for two more hours. Then on Wednesday, September 23rd, the show will begin its elimination process with an additional one hour broadcast. This is a major change from previous seasons and there will more changes this year as well.
Here is what executive producer Conrad Green had to say about the upcoming competition.
"This is going to be our biggest-ever cast." He goes on to say, "We are going to start big, and then about halfway through, we are going to do three double eliminations back-to-back. The middle of the season is going to be brutal when half of our cast goes in three weeks."
Green goes on to explain that the reason for so many competitors this season is he feels it is important to change up the show from season to season. As a result, there will be more athletes, with some new sports represented, some very big personalities, and some slightly eccentric personalities.
"I love the fact that people want to be on the show. I think our celebrity show is the one that most people want to be on because they realize it isn't degrading or demeaning in any way. You learn a new skill, and it is a wholesome family show."
Watching Louie on this show will be especially interesting since Louie has never even seen the show and another fairly important point - he CAN'T dance!!
For those of you who have lived in a cave the last few years, here is what you have been missing.
Dancing with the Stars is a unique series that pairs up celebrities with professional ballroom dance partners in an intense competition -- live -- in front of a studio audience and the nation. Each season has a select number of celebrity/professional dance pairs. The pairs are then judged by a panel of expert judges as well as by the viewers at home. One or more teams will be eliminated each week.
The couples must maintain their focus, grace and composure while learning precise movements and maneuvering in extravagant costumes. Will they remain compatible during the course of the competition?
Dancing with the Stars has broad appeal, offering viewers dazzling costumes, dancing, celebrity gossip, behind-the-scenes training and contemporary music performed by a live 15-piece band. The format has already been an international hit in several countries.
Please vote and vote often because Louie will need all the help he can get - This should be fun!