Louie Vito picks up X-Games Gold in the Superpipe

Sat 19 March 11

American Louie Vito double-corked his way onto the winners podium, closely followed by last years winner iPod and Swiss youngster Christian Haller took home the bronze medal

Louie Vito picks up X-Games Gold in the Superpipe

Louie Vito picks up X-Games Gold in the Superpipe © Photo: C. VAN HANJA/ESPN Images

Louie Vito (22 years old) takes home a gold medal in the final for the Winter X Games Snowboarding’s main event: the SuperPipe. Iouri Podladtchikov, the Russian born Swiss rider and defending gold medallist came second followed by Christian Haller (CH). This was Christian’s first Winter X Games medal.

After his third place in Aspen at the beginning of the year, todays winner the Bellefontaine Ohio native, superseded his fellow competitors with a second run scored 93 points and included a back-to-back double cork 1080.

winner Louie Vito in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
winner Louie Vito in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Photo: Stef Cande/ESPN Images

winner Louie Vito in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
winner Louie Vito in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Photo: Stef Cande/ESPN Images

For Iouri Podladtchikov, who didn’t compete in Aspen this January due to an injury, this silver medal confirms that he can throw the biggest tricks and can step up when under pressure. The Moscow native incidentally said that this was his “best day of snowboarding this year”. His Swiss Olympic team-mate completes the podium.

Iouri Podladtchikov in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Iouri Podladtchikov in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Photo: C. VAN HANJA/ESPN Images

Christian Haller in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Christian Haller in the 2011 X-Games Europe Halfpipe finals
Photo: C. VAN HANJA/ESPN Images

Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Final

March 18th, Tignes

  Name Bib # Hometown Score
1. Louie Vito 110 Bellefontaine, Ohio. USA 93.00
2. Iouri Podladtchikov 108 Zurich, SUI 91.33
3. Christian Haller 104 Zernez, SUI 82.33
4. Matt Ladley 105 Steamboat Springs, Colo., USA 77.66
5. Greg Bretz 101 Mammoth Lakes, Calif., USA 61.00
6. Jack Mitrani 114 Mammoth Lakes, Calif., USA 46.00
7. Mason Aguirre 113 Mammoth Lakes, Calif., USA 26.33
8. Roger Kleivdal 153 Geilo, NOR 18.66

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