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Louie Vito Dancing With The Stars

by The Editors on August 17, 2009

Vito Dancing

Okay, when we saw Todd Richards’ tweet this morning we seriously thought he was joking, but it’s true. Snowboarder Louie Vito will be joining Donny Osmond, Michael Irving, Chuck Liddel, Aaron Carter, Kathy Ireland, and others on season nine of dancing with the stars.

Daredevil Louie Vito is among the U.S.’s elite snowboarders favored to make the 2010 Olympic team. Competing in both the Pipe and Slopestyle disciplines, Vito continues to train for the Grand Prix qualifying. . . The 21-year-old turned pro in 2006 and has competed in multiple Winter X-Games competitions. He is also a two-time winner of the USSA Grand Prix Halfpipe Series. His technical diversity and charismatic personality make him one of the most sought-after riders today.

Apparently, ABC (which is owned by Disney which owns ESPN and the X Games) wants to expand into that shred demo. We know Louie’s got sexy can moves, but this should be interesting.

Show airs September 21, 2009 for three live nights. . . Follow the jump for the video announcment.

[Link: Dancing With The Stars via @btoddrichards]
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Louie Vito: The Dancing Hobbit

by The Editors on September 21, 2009



Louie Vito
did alright on the first night of ABC’s hit show Dancing With The Stars, you know, once you get past the fact that he’s on the show at all.

He and his parter Chelsie Hightower performed a foxtrot and finished second behind Donny Osmond and Kim Johnson. Here’s what Extra TV had to say about his number:

Professional snowboarder Louie Vito[‘s] . . . smile might be stronger than his dance moves. Carrie Ann said she was surprised by their dance, but she can tell he’s never danced before. Bruno says the performance was “so cute” and it was like watching a “dancing hobbit.” The couple earned a 19 and 8 points for their Salsa relay dance.

“Dancing hobbit?” Right. Coming from a judge Todd Richards described as “dude looks like Mr. Bean” that kind of makes sense.

[Link: Extra TV and TWSnow via Gnarcore]

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Louie Vito: People Magazine’s Dancing Blogger

by The Editors on September 8, 2009

Louie-VitoPeople magazine is reporting that Louie Vito “is stoked” to be blogging for them during his time on Dancing With The Stars. Starting September 21, 2009 we can all tune in each week for more of this:

So when I found out I was going to be doing a blog on my experiences on DWTS, I was stoked. Then I started to think, ‘What am I going to write about that would make people interested?’ Well, first let’s start with who I am:. . . I’m a pro snowboarder and I absolutely LOVE what I do. I’ve been snowboarding ever since I was 5- or 6-years-old. This December and January, I am going to be trying out for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Just making the Olympics for the U.S. is a feat in itself. So, right now I have been trying to get in shape and strong for the upcoming snowboard season and practice, and do what I need to do for DWTS, which brings us to the show …

Damnit, Louie. You’re playing the celebrity game so earnestly that we find it hard to even make fun of you.

[Link: People Magazine]

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Louie Vito Now Promoting G-Shock

by The Editors on March 9, 2012

Vito GshockCasio G-Shock has signed up US Halfpipe champion Louie Vito as a brand ambassador and now Louie will have a new sticker on his board and some pretty tough watches to wear around.

“I am hyped to be joining the G-Shock family,” said Vito. “From their superior products to their rad team, I back everything they stand for and are doing.”

It’s likely that Vito is even more stoked on the monthly check he’ll be getting from the Japanese time keeping giant. For the official word, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Vito And Hight Blast Into Mammoth HP Wins

by The Editors on March 3, 2012

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Louie Vito didn’t bust a move on Dancing With The Stars for you. He didn’t nude up in ESPN’s Body Issue for the ladies. And he didn’t win the halfpipe at the 2012 US Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on March 3, 2012 for us. Like the monster roast beef that kicked off his first final run (see above) he did this for himself. That with a pair of doubles (front and cab) mid-pipe put Vito in the lead.

Vito stayed in the lead until Mammoth’s hometown tallboy Greg Bretz put down his second run and blasted past Vito’s by nearly three points with a 95. But Bretz wasn’t safe with his lead.

“Oh, I knew it was coming,” Bretz said. “I know Louie. He and I ride a lot together. He’s like my older brother. So I’m stoked for the kid. I just had to give him a little pressure.”

Last Run Louie must have felt the pressure because he triple up on the doubles with a run that included a double crippler, back five, front double, cab double and another monster roast beef served up right in the judges face. The upgrade did not go unnoticed as they rewarded Vito with a massive 98.2 giving him the win and the overall 2012 US Snowboarding Halfpipe Title.

“I am super stoked on winning the overall,” Vito said. “But riding with Greg and Luke today and watching them throw down some good runs really pushed me to ride better and for me that is what it is all about. The sun is out, the pipe is good and I walked away with a win so I can’t complain.”

020312 Hp 5On the women’s side Elena Hight (right) didn’t let any recent news stories hold her down in Mammoth’s perfect superpipe. She busted larger than any of the girls from the monster method on her first hit and rocked it to the finish. Hight had the whole thing wrapped up on her first run with a 88.6, but that didn’t stop her from going harder on her victory lap and raising her first score by 3.4 points to a 92.

“I am super stoked on today,” Hight said. “It was really beautiful and I got to come out and do qualifiers early this morning. I qualified first which I am really happy about and enjoy this California sunshine with my friends. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

Kaitlyn Farrington finished in second, followed by Ellery Hollingsworth with her first podium finish of the year.

In the $10,000 Maloof Best Trick Farrington won with a backside 900 and Luke Mitrani padded his wallet with a double Michalchuck.

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Todcast vs. Dancing With The Stars

by The Editors on September 29, 2009

On the first night of Louie Vito’s collapse into the pop cultural cesspool that is reality television Todd Richards was there to document it all. This is that Todcast.

[Link: The Mountain and Wave]

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Louie Vito Updates His Dance Card

by The Editors on September 15, 2009

Louie-Vito-240People Magazine’s Dancing with The Stars Blogger Louie Vito is keeping it real on the dance floor and on the blog getting ready for the two-hour live kick off show for Dancing With The Stars. next Monday.

It is crunch time and now I am ready to step it up. Finally, I have all the steps down and it is now time to fine tune them and add a little extra flare. Moving my hips more in the salsa, watching what my hands do, getting my posture on point for the foxtrot and so on, will be my focus this week. Yes, I am not going to lie, I am nervous for the first show. How can I not be? I am doing something I am not comfortable with in front of the world on live TV. On the flip side, I am excited to get it going. I have been dancing every day, learning and listening for three weeks now and I am ready to show everyone what I can do. Whatever happens this first week, I have had more fun than I ever thought I would.

We can tell by the way he uses his walk, he’s a woman’s man, no time to talk. . . .

[Link: People]

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Jamie Anderson Dances With The Stars

by The Editors on May 2, 2018

In the quest to turn snowboarding athletes into bonafide celebrities who can then cash in on their cross-over fame with massive endorsement deals, Dancing with The Stars has been a favorite. (Louie Vito made it five weeks). This season it was Jamie Anderson’s turn to spin across the stage in the arms of a professional dancer. Well, sadly, before anyone could develop any kind of love for America’s Slopestyle darling, she got bounced right off the show without even making it to week two. But, hey, she did it with a smile on her face that suggested she just might be glad this little stunt is over.

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Finch & Czeschin Team Up On Amazing Race

by The Editors on August 31, 2011

Add Andy Finch and Tommy Czeschin to the list of snowboarders who are following Louie “Tiny Dancer” Vito into the world of reality TV as the two shreds compete as a team in the CBS reality travel show The Amazing Race.

Here is their bio:

As members of the United States Olympic Snowboarding team in 2002 and 2006 respectively, Tommy Czeschin, 31, and Andy Finch, 30, have “years of experience knowing how to be focused and get in our zone,” Finch says. But they know their weaknesses. “Typical snowboarder – the book smarts part of it is probably going to be the hardest for us,” Czeschin says.

The season premiere is September 25, 2011 at 8 PM. And yes, this will be good.

[Link: The Amazing Race via People]

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Occy Stumbles With The Stars

by The Editors on May 9, 2011

Mark Occhilupo joins snowboarder Louie “Tiny Dancer” Vito as the second third boardrider (we forgot Layne Beachley) to appear on a version of Dancing With The Stars. Occy’s first go didn’t go so well. As one judge said:

“You’re not just a goofy-footed surfer, you’re a really goofy footed dancer . . .I’ll be clear––it was the worst routine we’ve had in 11 series. You had no concept of partnering Jade, you were out of time, your steps were wrong. It was just truly awful. . . stick to surfing.”

While it obviously takes serious sack to get out and dance on TV, we’ll just put it this way after round one: Snowboarders: 1, Surfers 0.

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