Louie Vito ‘Bummed’ to Be Off Dancing with the Stars
11/02/2009 AT 12:00 AM EST
There are a few reasons why I think I took the result show so hard. The first is, I HATE losing. Yes, I had a lot of fun during the course of the show, but regardless of that, I still hate losing ... no matter what it is. Also, the fact that it was a head-to-head dance-off made it worse. I nailed that dance at the practice we had in the morning and I ran it solo back stage at least 15 times. I always consider myself a contest person and do well under pressure. In this instance, I didn't come through and I took that pretty hard.
It was weird to wake up Wednesday morning and NOT go to dance practice. I was so used to waking up, eating and then spending the rest of the day rehearsing. Now, I have a lot more time on my hands in between meetings while I'm in LA. The first chance I got, I started skateboarding again, since I pretty much stopped while on the show. I had to be careful not to roll a ankle while I was dancing, but now I can skate without worrying about that.
Chelsie and I also got the opportunity to go to Knott's Scary Farm which was fun, as well as hit the movies. Then I got to turn the tables and take Chelsie to Mt. High for some snowboarding. It's pretty crazy to think about snowboarding before Halloween, especially in Southern California, but we did get a couple of days in. It was super fun and the run they had open was actually pretty good snow, good coverage, with boxes and rails everywhere. Chelsie started off being better than I expected right from the get-go. We rode all day on Friday and then decided we were going to come back on Saturday to step it up a notch. Saturday was a whole new day. Chelsie was killing it from the beginning and by the time we left, she was able to make turns all the way down the mountain with no problem. It was cool to take her out and show her what I do everyday. Even though it's early, early season, she got the idea.
Now all that is left is for me to learn a dance for the finale, and then get back on a schedule and stay healthy and strong for the winter. I am going to Colorado with the U.S. Team the day after Thanksgiving to get ready for the first Olympic Trial and I want to be in perfect shape and health and ready to go.
Thanks to EVERYONE who gave me votes every week, and thanks to everyone who even watched me and cheered me on! This experience is something I will never forget and I have learned a lot, not only about dancing, but about myself as well. I think it has made me grow mentally stronger and I can take a lot from experience and believe it will help me down the road in my life. THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY CHELSIE! It's been a great experience! --Louie Vito