Devin Logan eyes PCMR podiums
During qualifications for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix women’s ski halfpipe competition in the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort on Wednesday morning, Devin Logan was sporting a brace on her right thumb.
The injury, suffered Tuesday during practice, didn’t stop the 2014 Olympic slopestyle silver medalist from qualifying for Saturday’s finals, though — in fact, she said, it didn’t seem to be bothering her too much at all.
"On one run, I had a mellow fall at the end," she explained. "But my pole kind of got caught somewhere and my thumb dislocated. I only got like three training runs [Tuesday]. Today I came out and it’s all braced up. But it didn’t really affect me — it’s just a thumb."
Logan will need to be at full strength this weekend, when she’s slated to compete in Friday afternoon’s slopestyle finals (after this issue goes to press) and Saturday afternoon’s halfpipe finals. Though being one of the few skiers who competes, and succeeds, at both disciplines is tough, Logan said she continues to be excited by the challenges it presents.
"Competing in both is difficult on your body, mostly, and mentally, trying to juggle each," she said. "You try not to overexert yourself in practices so you’re ready for qualifiers and finals. But I enjoy doing both — I feel it helps me in both aspects, pipe and slopestyle."
Helping Logan, who finished first in the first slopestyle competition at last year’s PCMR Grand Prix and third in one of the two halfpipe contests, will be the fact that the competition is in her adopted hometown. Though she’s from Vermont, she spends a lot of time in Park City these days.
"I’ve lived out in Park City now for the last four years," she said. "After the Mammoth Grand Prix, I got to spend a couple weeks here in Park City, just riding the pipe and riding the jumps. Just being able to sleep in your own bed before a competition is nice. Living two blocks away and being able to really feel at home and comfortable going into competition is key."
Logan hasn’t been too stressed out this year, but competing at home will still be nice. After the stress of the Olympics last season, she said she came into this winter with a different attitude.
"I’m just taking it easy now," she said. "The last couple years leading up to the Olympics were a lot, from my knee injury to coming back to training hard to the pressure of qualifying to the Olympics. This year, I’m putting no pressure on myself, taking it mellow and just having fun with skiing again. I’m going in [to competitions] to have as much fun as possible and whatever happens, happens."
She’s excited to see what she can do in the slopestyle competition after that portion of Mammoth’s Grand Prix was canceled due to weather. After a practice day on the course, she said it’s incredible what the PCMR park crew was able to put together during such a warm winter.
"I’m impressed that we even have a slopestyle course, not going to lie," she said. "I really thought that, with the snow conditions, they weren’t going to be able to pull it off. But we have three rails and two jumps — it’s a good setup. I’m excited."
This weekend’s event closes out the Grand Prix schedule for the winter, but Logan still has a couple competitions left on her calendar before she calls it a season.
"A lot of us are going to Europe for SFR tours and stuff like that," she said. "After this, I’m heading to Calgary [Canada] for another halfpipe competition and then to France for a Tignes World Cup. Then I’m going to Austria for Nine Queens, which is an all-girls jump event — should be fun."
She hopes to have success this weekend to send her overseas on a positive note.
"Hopefully I’ll put down some runs I’m happy with and get up on the podium," she said.
Check out Logan in Saturday’s ski halfpipe competition at PCMR. The men’s and women’s finals are scheduled to begin at noon at the Eagle Superpipe. Then, come back on Sunday at noon to watch the men’s and women’s snowboard halfpipe finals.
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