After stumbling in a couple early halfpipe runs at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Louie Vito almost didn’t make it to the X Games 16 Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe finals. Almost.
Moves like the one above eventually pushed him into the final group of 8, though not quite onto the podium, where Shaun White took home gold, Iouri Podladtchikov took silver, and Ryo Aono bronze. Louie Vito pulled into 6th place — a disappointing finish for the gold medalist in the same event at the 2011 European X Games.
There’s always next year, and with an attitude like he displays above toward new tricks, we like his chances.