Men’s Superpipe Finals At The Nike 6.0 Open
It was yesterday's last place qualifier, Louie Vito who ended up in the first place spot at the Superpipe Finals at the Dew Tour Nike 6.0 Open in Breck this afternoon. The snow did not let up all day, and although visibility was minimal and the pipe speeds difficult to maintain, the boys managed to put on a show for the crowd and everyone watching live on NBC.
Ohio native, Vito, squeaked by placing tenth at prelims landing a spot in today's finals. With only a 61 out of 100 on his first run, Vito nailed his second with back to back 10's holding on to a score of 90.25 and beating out the rest of the 10 competitors. No other competitor scored above an 80, which is kind of nuts. Nineteen year old local boy from Steamboat Springs, Matt Ladley held onto his first run score of a 75 for a second place finish. Yesterday's first place qualifier Greg Bretz from Mammoth, who was alongside Vito at the Olympics reppin' the US, delivered two solid runs within .25 of each other. It was still his first run score of a 73.75 that placed him in third overall.
During the event, the sound went out at the base of the mountain, leaving spectators to figure out who was dropping. After a 15 minute sound delay (and a little megaphone karaoke of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" when Vito dropped courtesy of the Frends crew) all resumed when Vito finished his second winning run. Kevin Pearce, who suffered a traumatic brain injury almost a year ago during pipe practice in Park City, made his first appearance back on the scene to show his support. Although he's still aways out from competing, he gladly signed autographs for his fans and hugged every rider after their run. Danny Davis, who hurt his back after the second Dew Tour stop last year (non snowboard-related), was out and about as well. He still isn't competing, but poached the pipe right before finals.
As for the rest of the competitors, last year's pre-qualified Steve Fisher and JJ Thomas both landed decent runs, but their scores couldn't hold up in the end. Reigning Dew Cup champ and Breck local, JJ scored a 69.5 on his second run ending up fourth overall. Crowd favorite and Olympic bronze medalist, Scotty Lago who was sitting pretty yesterday after his second place prelims finish fell on both of his first hits ending in eleventh overall.More photos coming soon. Congrats to everyone who handled business today.