Created on Monday, 04 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Louie Vito took on some of the best halfpipe snowboarders in the world Saturday and finished with a spot on the awards podium.
Vito took third in the finals of the Burton U.S. Open at Vail, Colo. This was the first year the event was conducted outside of Vermont, where it started 30 years ago.
“It’s bittersweet to leave Vermont,” said Vito in a story on ESPN.com. “It just had so much history there. But this is a new chapter, and it’s just going to keep getting better and better.
“We had a good turnout of fans, which is one of the most important things as riders. It’s always nice to do a contest in front of a lot of people that are just stoked to see snowboarding.”
All three medalists from the Vancouver Olympics competed in the U.S. Open.
Shaun White won the competition for his fifth career Open title. He tied Danny Kass for most Open halfpipe championships. White had a winning score of 95.58. Ayumu Hirano, a 14-year-old Japanese sensation, took second with 87.40. Vito recorded a score of 79.59 for his third-place effort.
Rounding out the top five were Ryo Aono (77.80) and Benji Farrow (77.15).