Everyone loves a comeback story, especially at the Olympic Games.
U.S. slopestyle skier Devin Logan had to overcome a knee injury just to get to Sochi. Not only was she selected to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, but she made history, claiming the silver medal in the first-ever Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle event.
“I felt great, I’m really happy with my skiing,” Logan said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Logan’s first-run score of 85.40 was good enough to secure second place. The 20-year-old shared the podium with Canadian skiers Dara Howell (94.20) and Kim Lamarre (85.00). She had high praise for her fellow medalists.
“We are the first ones,” Logan said. “We have made history.”
A three-time X Games medalist, Logan suffered an injury to her right knee in the summer of 2012. The depth of the injury was significant — a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus, with multiple microfractures. Sidelined for the season, she used the opportunity to become an AFP and FIS certified judge to help develop a better understanding for her sport.
“It was awesome,” Logan said of her experience as a judge. “I learned what the judges are looking for. So, when I was planning my tricks for the run, I had their thoughts in the back of my head.
“It was really difficult watching all of my friends skiing and having fun,” she said. “But I kept myself busy, and this is my comeback story. I feel amazing. The knee feels great. And it’s a good comeback.”
Now, that comeback has culminated in a visit to the Olympic podium.
Competing in a 22-member field, Logan was on point early, posting scores of 79.40 and 80.40 in her first two qualifying runs.
The warm weather made the snow conditions difficult for executing a lot of tricks. Undeterred, Logan landed a switch on the same leg that she had previously injured.
“You can’t control mother nature,” she said. “Every other competitor is dealing with the same conditions, and you just have to go with it, and know when you’re skiing too fast or too slow.”
Joining Logan in the final were U.S. teammates Keri Herman and Julia Krass, who finished 10th and 11th. Herman — the reigning world cup slopestyle champion — was excited to see Logan take the podium.
“Devin and I had been saying, ‘it’s going to be one of us up there,’ preferably both, but one’s better than none,” Herman said as she watched Logan’s second run in final. “This is awesome. This is so awesome. She’s sitting in second. This is amazing. She’s the best. That’s my girl. That’s my roommate right there.”
Also waiting for Logan at the finish line was her mother, Nancy Logan, who was all smiles.
“She had to climb over several fences,” said Nancy Logan. “I wasn’t expecting it, but she made me cry.”
Devin Logan is looking forward to 2018, when she will try and do what she almost accomplished at these Games — competing in both slopestyle and halfpipe. For now, she will focus on enjoying the rest of her Olympic experience, which includes her 21st birthday next week.
“I’m going to have a blowout, why not,” Logan said. “You only live once.”