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Vito finishes sixth at Winter X Games



Bellefontaine native Louie Vito finished sixth in Sunday’s Winter X Games superpipe finals at Aspen, Colo.

Vito was one of seven competitors that took part in the finals after advancing in Thursday’s qualifying round.

Matt Ladley had to pull out of the event after being injured in a practice run. Iouri Podladtchikov, who had the best qualifying score, also withdrew from the finals because of an injury. He was replaced by Greg Bretz, who was the top alternate following the elimination round.

Shaun White, the heavy favorite in the event, ran away with the gold medal. He captured his sixth straight X Games superpipe championship with a winning score of 98.

Ayumu Hirano, a 14-year-old phenom from Japan, was second with a 92.33. Markus Malin took the bronze with a score of 91.33.

Americans Scotty Lago (90) and Bretz (84.66) took fourth and fifth.

Each rider had three runs during the finals.

Vito was unable to land his first two runs, receiving scores of 4.66 and 21.66, but rebounded with a 73.33 on his third and final run.

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