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Vito advances to U.S. Open finals

Olympian Louie Vito (pictured) made it through a grueling qualifying semifinal round in Vail, Colorado, Thursday to advance to the U.S. Open halfpipe finals.

Vito delivered qualifying runs that featured precision technique and high amplitude. As a result, Louie scored three out of the five highest Best Trick scores for the semifinals.

High scores: (Name, country, run, and score)

Shaun White, USA, Hit 2, Run 1 13.7

Louie Vito, USA, Hit 4, Run 1 13.6

Peetu Piiroinen, Finland, Hit 1, Run 1 13.5

Louie Vito, USA, Hit 4, Run 2 13.2

Louie Vito, USA, Hit 1, Run 1 13.1

You can watch the halfpipe finals on the NBC Sports Network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Last year, Vito rode to a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open.

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