Logan honored with parade
WEST DOVER -- Just over a month after reporters were penning front-page stories about her, it was Devin Logan who was doing all of the writing.
Signing autographs that is.
Logan, who earned a silver medal in slopestyle skiing on Feb. 11 in Sochi, was honored with Devin Day on Saturday in West Dover. The 2011 Twin Valley High School graduate was featured in a parade that went along Route 100 from the Forge restaurant to Mount Snow.
"I'm so proud of her. I'm so happy for her," said Twin Valley Athletic Director Buddy Hayford. "I'm just thrilled that we've got an Olympic medalist in our midst. It's so exciting for the community, for Mount Snow, for her coaches, family and friends."
In the thrilling Olympic event that includes several jumps and obstacles, such as boxes and rails, Logan put down a finals run of 85.40 in Sochi last month to earn silver. Canada's Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre took the gold and bronze respectively.
"It's so awesome that she not only made it to the Olympics but that she medaled. She always took the time to work on what she loved to do and had high goals for herself," said Devon Spirka, who was Logan's soccer teammate at Twin Valley.
And they helped the Wildcats win the state championship in 2007. Also on that team were Rachel Rubin, Paige Ruiz, Molly Corse, Tarryn Bolognani, Natasha Aekus and the late Jessica Bolognani.
"When soccer practice was over with, she would go to Mount Snow to train. Skiing was her first love -- her true love. I know she worked her tail off," stated Twin Valley girls soccer coach Chris Walling. "I couldn't be anymore proud of her. It's just great to see."
The Devin Day parade, which was a long line of police cars, firetrucks, buses, floats and cars, didn't travel quite as fast as the silver medalist is used to. Along the way, there were several American flags and groups of people standing outside and waving. The signs at the resort read "Mount Logan." And it seemed like everyone wanted the hometown hero's autograph.
The celebration came just days after Logan visited the high school and elementary school in Wilmington.
"It was a surprise for me and everybody else," said Walling, who is the Physical Education teacher at Twin Valley Elementary School. "It was great to see her. It was exciting for myself and the kids. It was the typical Devin I've known -- down to Earth and hasn't forgotten where she came from."
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