Ohio isn’t known for its snowboard resorts but that hasn’t stopped Louie Vito from becoming a world class Olympic snowboarder. Studying at a snowboard school in Vermont, Louie spent his youth snowboarding and travelling to competitions. All his hard work in the park paid off and Louie now has several US grand prix titles, four X Games medals, two dew tour overall champion places and 5th place in the 2010 Olympic halfpipe under his belt.
LV, as his friends call him, lives in the snowboard mecca of Salt Lake City and has become a household name in the States thanks to his appearance on Dancing with the Stars; the American equivalent of your Nan’s favourite BBC show; Strictly Come Dancing. This performance earned him the nicknames of ‘twinkle toes’ and ‘the dancing hobbit’ whilst his easy going personality won the hearts of housewives all across America. Out of the showbiz limelight his gymnastic skills and athletic prowess have seen him become an inspiration to young riders everywhere.
Louie burst onto the scene in 2005, taking 2nd place at the FIS Junior World Snowboarding Championship. Since then, his double corks and big spins have helped win him over 40 podium places at world class competitions. Alongside being a highly successful competitive rider who’s always pushing his limits Louie is also the star of the Red Bull online video series Livin’ Louie Vito.
In 2013 Louie won the Euro X games half pipe with an incredibly technical run and he has his sights set on making the US Olympic team in 2014. Despite his serious athletic performance, LV is always smiling. Whether he’s riding with the rest of the Nike team, competing on a world class stage or just hanging out with his friends like Ryan Sheckler, Louie is focused on having fun.
He keeps on karma’s good side by living with a pit bull that he rescued (called Gucci) and is committed to giving back to the community. Every year he organises a rail jam at his home mountain where he mentors the local kids and gives the event money to a local charity. What a nice guy eh?!