Devin Logan is a slopestyle skier who won the silver medal at her event’s Olympic debut in 2014. But what sets Logan apart is she also competes in ski halfpipe. The 24-year-old has won two X Games medals in slopestyle, finished on the podium 12 times at world cup events (nine halfpipe, three slopestyle) and earned halfpipe bronze at the 2017 world championships. Follow Logan’s journey to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to compete in both events as she writes for TeamUSA.org.
Happy belated New Year! I hope that everyone enjoyed a really nice holiday season, with lots of friends, family, good food and naps!
December was, like always, super busy for me. We started out with the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in Colorado. This was my first world cup of the season and first time on skis since the fall. This was only a halfpipe competition (no slopestyle), but the first of the Olympic qualifying events for the season.
I was definitely feeling the pressure! I was happy to qualify for finals for halfpipe, along with the rest of the USA girls! I was feeling confident and great in my skiing. My summer training plan had really paid off with my strong skiing and I ended up in second place, which is one of the criteria needed to get an Olympic spot! Following the grand prix it was onto the second Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado, for slopestyle and halfpipe. It felt good to be going into Dew Tour with a podium under my belt.
Dew Tour, like most events for me, was hectic trying to manage halfpipe and slopestyle training and qualifications. Sometimes the schedule works in my favor, but most of the times it can be pretty intense. I had to qualify for halfpipe and slopestyle all in the same day.
It is a lot to handle not only physically, but mentally as well. I was happy to qualify for halfpipe in fourth and then had long enough to eat some lunch and head on over to the slopestyle course.
"Maggie Voisin and I."
I had to dig deep, which I knew I would have to do and was able to take the last spot in slopestyle qualifiers. For pipe I ended up in fourth and was the second highest American woman, which was good for my overall points for Olympic qualification. Slopestyle was tricky because the weather wasn’t cooperating and we had to postpone finals; I didn’t have my best day, the long week took a toll on me and I ended up in eighth.
January has been tedious for me, with the the grand prix in Snowmass (Colorado), onto Mammoth (California), then back to Colorado for X Games Aspen. My first two events were Olympic qualifiers and the U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team was named in Mammoth. Lots of pressure!
The grand prix in Snowmass had two slopestyle events (one world cup and the other a U.S. Olympic Team qualifying event) and one halfpipe world cup. I ended up fifth in halfpipe and sixth in the slopestyle world cup event. Unfortunately, on the last day in Snowmass I did not make the finals for the slopestyle event.
It’s a tiring schedule, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the creativity of slopestyle, I always have. Halfpipe scares me, but I love that too – I never get bored!
Ever since I was little I have skied in both disciplines and I can’t imagine doing it another way. A lot of people think it’s funny that I am afraid of heights!
Next up I’ll write about Mammoth, the final Olympic qualifier.
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