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Vito soars to third place at Grand Prix opener

Bellefontaine native and Olympian Louie Vito (pictured) continued his unprecedented podium streak as he again made the top three Saturday at the first World Cup of the year during the first stop of the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado.  Teams from all over the world participated in what was the first domestic stop for athletes to gain Olympic qualifying points and 5Star World Snowboard event points.

"I’m glad I was on the podium today," Vito stated. "It just makes me want to do better for the rest of the season. I am happy for Luke. He rode so well today and it’s great for all of us to start our Olympic qualifying points at the Grand Prix."

U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Copper Mountain:

1. Nathan Johnstone, Australia 94.75

2. Luke Mitrani, USA 92.75

3. Louie Vito, USA 86.75

4. Arthur Longo, France 83.25

5. Zach Black, USA 81.00

6. Greg Bretz, USA 80.25

7. Benji Farrow, USA 79.25

8. Chase Josey, USA 75.00

9. Kent Callister, Australia 74.25

10. David Habluetzel, Switzerland 70.75

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