BOONE — Professional snowboarder Louie Vito embodies style, power, skill and determination — he’s also a judge at this year’s Daniel Boone Rail Jam on March 16.
Daniel Boone Rail Jam is unique in the fact that it is not on a traditional ski slope, but instead in the middle of an outdoor amphitheater in Boone. The event is presented by Double Wood Farm, the town of Boone and the Appalachian Mountain Brewery in support of the We Can So You Can Foundation.
The foundation has two goals with this project: To revitalize the historic amphitheater in efforts to make the facility more suitable for public events, and to encourage growth in local winter sports by giving competitors a stage on which to showcase their incredible talent.
Vito was a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, a four-time Overall U.S. Grand Prix Champion and is a two-time Dew Cup Overall Champion. He has also accumulated six career X Games medals, including two Gold Medals.
In an unprecedented streak between the 2010 Olympics and spring 2012, Louie managed the unheard-of feat of earning podium positions in 20 of the world’s 23 major snowboarding contests, including three consecutive X Games medals, the overall championship for the Winter Action Sports Tour, and the overall championship in the U.S. Grand Prix (the third of his career at that time).
Vito has won fans off the mountain as well — he competed on “Dancing With The Stars” (season 9) and was featured in ESPN‘s “Body Issue” in 2011. Since then he was named Men’s Health Magazine‘s Top 50 most fit athletes in the world, he had a speaking part in the movie “Point Break,” hosted several projects for Red Bull-TV and ESPN, appeared on numerous TV shows on Nickelodeon such as “100 Things to do before High School,” “Jagger Eaton’s Mega Life,” and more. He also starred on ABC Family “Switched.”
In 2015, Vito won a Young Hollywood Award as the country’s “Most Awesome Athlete.” Recently he filmed a season of “The Challenge” on MTV and was the TV analyst for several snowboarding events on NBC and Fox Sports TV.
Tickets for the Daniel Boone Rail Jam are $5 online and $10 at the door. Doors open for the Rail Jam at 5 p.m. and the competition begins at 6 p.m. March 16. Finals are at 7 p.m. and awards will be given out at 9 p.m.
For tickets and more information about the Daniel Boone Rail Jam, visit danielboonerailjam.com.