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Vito soars to third at U.S. Open (Video included)

Olympian Louie Vito (pictured) is back on the podium.

The Bellefontaine native rode to a third-place finish at the U.S. Open in Vail, Colorado, Saturday.

The event exceeded all expectations with the best snowboarders in the world treating a record-breaking crowd to some of the most progressive riding in the history of the sport.

The pipe could not have looked more perfect as the competition got underway with the event starting under gorgeous sunny skies Saturday.

The 12 men who made the final put on quite a show - throwing tricks so huge that it's hard to imagine how this sport could possibly progress beyond the level these athletes already ride.

This event had most of the Vancouver Olympians participating, including all three medalists. Many of these Olympians did not even make the finals.

Vito stomped some exciting runs, putting down numerous double corks with ease. He took a huge risk starting with a double crippler, but the risk paid off as it landed him on the podium.

Watch Louie’s bronze run.

Snowboarder Editor Pat Bridges said seeing Vito's new (and massive) finals run reminded him that the Open is where riders come to unveil the tricks they work so hard to learn.

The U.S. Open was held in Stratton, Vermont, for 30 years until moving west this winter.

Final Results - Top 4

1. Shaun White, USA

2. Ayumu Hirano, Japan

3. Louie Vito, USA

4. Ryo Aono, Japan

If you missed any of the action from the 31st annual Burton U.S. Open, check your local listings to watch re-airings from Vail on Universal Sports and NBC Sports Network.

Vito will be traveling to Oslo, Norway this week to compete in the Arctic Challenge Invitational.

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