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.