Olympic snowboarders Louie Vito and Elena Hight won Saturday’s halfpipe competition at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix held at Mammoth Mountain. Vito earned the title of series champion while women’s runner-up Kaitlyn Farrington was bestowed the women’s series title. The Saturday competition was a clean sweep for USA with American athletes occupying all podium real estate. On the men’s side, following Vito was Greg Bretz in second place and Luke Mitrani in third. Elena Hight was followed by Farrington and Ellery Hollingsworth.
Elena Hight spoke tot he great weather conditions at Mammoth Mountain, “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.”
Vito solidified his first place victory during his second run where he scored a 98.2, thanks to an extremely progressive run featuring three doubles! This marks a Vito’s second consecutive year winning the Grand Prix.
After the competition Vito exclaimed, “I am super stoked on winning the overall. 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.”
In addition to the bragging rights that come with earning the series title, both Vito and Farrington were awarded $20,000.
There was also an award given for the Maloof Best trick. Luke Mitrani threw down his double Michalchuck to take it for the men, and Kaitlyn Farrington busted out a huge back 900 to claim it for the women’s side.