Logan looking to bring tricks to Korea
As millions of people watch.
With a gold medal on the line.
The freestyle skier from West Dover is determined to compete in both slopestyle and halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She just needs to reach the podium at two of the upcoming qualifying events in order to represent the red, white and blue.
"This summer I spent my time training in the gym instead of training on snow in New Zealand," said Logan, who has been living in Utah. "I went to Switzerland and Austria for a month this fall, and it felt great to get on snow after this summer. It was a super productive camp, and I feel really good about getting on my skis for the first qualifier."
D-Lo is scheduled to compete in three different Colorado events, with the first of those taking place Dec. 6-8 at Copper Mountain, and another in California in January. She will be performing a series of sick tricks while going down the pipe in one discipline and flying along a course with various obstacles in the other.
"This summer I had been working on my unnatural spins. Some of my favorite moves are just laid back 5's — something that is flowy in the air, but can look really stylish while doing it," stated Logan, who says "5" to refer to a 540-degree spin in the air.
In Sochi in 2014, Logan landed back-to-back 540s and a corked 720 on her first run to earn the women's freeski slopestyle silver medal. For those who haven't seen it, imagine yourself skiing down the Memorial Park hill at 100 miles per hour and soaring off of several 30-foot jumps along the way.
"Winning my medal and watching the boys sweep the podium the next day was pretty rad," noted the 2011 Twin Valley graduate. "I feel like overall in Sochi, I was more nervous for my teammates than I was for myself. My mom came to Sochi and having her there was pretty special, too."
The town of West Dover held a parade for its hero one month later. On Devin Day, police cars, firetrucks, buses, floats and cars traveled from the Forge restaurant to Mount Snow — or "Mount Logan" as it was renamed for 24 hours.
"It was really cool to come back to Dover and have these awesome little kids surrounding me and being so excited," said Logan, who learned how to ski at Mount Snow at age 2 and later attended Mount Snow Academy. "Having the support of my home mountain was amazing. I still have their support, I attribute a lot of my success to Mount Snow, and I feel a lot of their support going into Korea for 2018."
Logan is now focused on qualifying for the Winter Games, in hopes of making it to the slopestyle finals on her birthday (Feb. 17) and the halfpipe finals three days later.
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