SUMMIT COUNTY, CO- Every four years, Devin Logan has watched the Winter Olympics, an event that she has dreamed of competing in since she was young. It’s the largest stage, and the most competitive event a snow-covered mountain can offer. For this West Dover native, the culmination of years of hard work and achievement has her competing for a spot on the United States Olympic freestyle ski team, and a ticket to Sochi, Russia.
Logan is currently in Summit County, training at Breckenridge and Copper Mountain for her five qualifying events over the next month. As a member of the United States freestyle team, she’ll be competing in the Dew Tour and Grand Prix, working to secure one of three spots on the Olympic team.
“We’re the only team that picks our competitors the year of the Olympics,” said Logan. “So it will be a battle.”
Logan graduated from Mount Snow Academy and Twin Valley High School and has been tearing her way through the freestyle world ever since, competing at home and abroad. Her first first-place finish came in the 2011 Winter Games where she took top honors in halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air. She has since competed in the X Games in the United States and Europe and most recently placed first in slopestyle at the Junior World Championships in 2012.
While Logan says the pressure is on, she’s confident in her ability to showcase that she is in the top echelon of freestyle. “The competition is good,” said Logan. “I’ve been competing for so long now that I wouldn’t consider this as pressure. There’s pressure wanting to be on that podium, but you have to have fun too. I think of it as another day riding in the park with my friends.”
The final team that will be headed to Sochi will be announced on January 19.