Louis Vito and Mason Aguirre, two pro-snowboarders with Midwest roots, are scoring well in the season-long Winter Dew Tour superpipe competitions.
Vito, who learned to snowboard at Ohio's Mad River Mountain with his father Louie Sr., recently won his second straight superpipe with the latest stop at Killington securing his lead in the overall standings. He also won the first stop on the tour in Breckenridge last month.
Vito, age 22, and a veteran of TV's Dancing With The Stars, pulled out all the stops at Killington, Vt. He earned the top score of 93.00 on his victory run by throwing out tricks that included back-to-back double corks, a frontside 10, and a frontside tailgrab. He is the leading contender for Toyota Athlete of the Year honors after winning the first two stops on the tour. Vito, one of the world's elite snowboarders, was on last year's Olympic team.
"I felt great after landing a solid first run and decided to go all out for the second run as well. The pipe was good. Everyone rode well so I'm pleased with a win," he said after the competition. "I feel good heading into Snowbasin next month, and hopefully can just stay on my feet."
Aguirre, age 23, who started snowboarding at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn., has also been doing well on the tour this winter. He is currently in fourth place after a third place finish in the Killington superpipe. He made the 2006 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team at age 16, the youngest ever make the squad.
The Toyota Championships, the next stop on the Winter Dew Tour, takes place at Utah's Snowbasin Resort Feb. 10-13. The tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports.
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Click to watch Vito interviewed on a TV talk show just prior to the Winter Olympics last year.