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Russian Terrorist Attacks Not Stopping Local Athlete from Competing

BELLEFONTAINE -- The recent terrorist attacks in Russia have not changed one Ohio family's plans to cheer on a local professional snowboarder at the winter Olympics.

Lou Vito, father of professional snowboarder Louie Vito, said about a half dozen relatives and a few friends are still planning to watch the games in person.

His son was born and raised in Bellefontaine, getting his start snowboarding at Mad River Mountain. Louie was recently in town for his annual Rail Jam at Mad River Mountain. He was also honored at the Ohio State basketball game on Saturday.

In response to two suicide bombings that killed 31 people about 400 miles from where the Olympics are to be held, Lou said he is putting his trust in government security.

"Honestly, I have complete faith in the Russian government and the US government too and I have been insured that it will probably be one of the safest Olympics going on out there."

Lou said his son is focusing not on the attacks but on the qualifying trials.

The trials are scheduled for next Thursday and the finals are set for the following Saturday.


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