Q&A with Devin Logan
Thursday, February 1, 2018
MS: First off, who is Devin Logan?
DL: A Vermonter, for sure. I am fun loving, adventurous, competitive and hard working. I like to have fun, no matter what I am doing and always have a good attitude.
MS: How excited were you when you learned you’d be heading to South Korea to represent the United States once again?
DL: Oh man, I couldn’t believe it. I was honestly in shock for about five days! It is still pretty surreal and I don’t think it will settle in until I get there. It is such a unique privilege to be able to represent our stars and stripes and I am grateful. When you consider that I have been working my entire life for this, from painting picnic tables to working through numerous injuries and blood sweat and tears this truly means the world to me. I was lucky enough to grow up skiing and I owe a lot of thanks to my parents.
MS: Got anything special planned for this year’s Olympics? Any new tricks you’ve been waiting to unleash perhaps?
DL: I’m planning on enjoying every moment and being there with my friends. Both my parents will be on site and that’s pretty cool. As far as new tricks, you will just have to tune in!
MS: Be honest, how cool is it to have an Olympic medal, do you ever just wear it around the house?
DL: Haha! No, I don’t. It sits on a shelf in its pouch and I will bring it out when I need to for interviews and things like that.
MS: Growing up, did you always know, that you’d rise to this level?
DL: No, I didn’t. My sports weren’t in the Olympics until about 6 years ago! I had always wanted to be an Olympian, but it wasn’t until recently that I had that chance.
MS: What’s the best part of competing on the international level?
DL: It’s always fun to travel to cool places and travel with your friends is always a good time. I have friends all over the world and I feel like that is something really special about my sport.
MS: What’s the hardest part of competing year round on the international stage?
DL: It’s exhausting! Competing in two disciplines requires a sharp game plan and a lot of logistics with my coaches, wax tech, and most importantly schedule. Add in lots of time zones and it's a lot to juggle. It’s so much fun though to be able to do what I love everyday, I am really lucky.
MS: What’s the one trick you wish you could do, and why?
DL: There’s a lot of tricks I wish I could do, but the feeling of learning a new trick is like no other. You just have to take it one step at a time and go from there. I wish I could do all the tricks. (Side note: I wish I could snowboard better, I am really bad at it!)
MS: What do you do in the summer to keep training?
DL: I go to the gym a lot and I hit the water ramps and airbag to work on new tricks and get comfortable in the air with them. Most of the time I will get on snow and train as well. While summertime is downtime, it’s also a good time for me to work on new tricks and not have a lot of pressure. I spend a lot of time outside, hiking and playing other sports.
MS: Any advice for the little groms coming up at Mount Snow and Carinthia, who dream of one day making it to the Olympics?
DL: Aim high and always believe in yourself! I was once a little grom at Mount Snow and have always worked hard and hard work pays off, so never give up!
MS: In a historically male-dominated sport, what can we do to get more women and girls into freestyle skiing?
DL: I think that having freeskiing and freestyle skiing in the Olympics and events like X Games, Dew Tour etc. really helps to keep freestyle in the public eye. I do think that it grows every year and women should stick with freeskiing! The progression of female skiing has come a long way in the last eight years. We are now seeing girls throwing down runs just as good as the boys and this will get more girls into it. You are now seeing girls like myself and Caroline Claire (of Mount Snow) getting on the Olympic team. I took pictures with her four years and now we are skiing together on the Olympic team, it’s really cool to see!
MS: It seems like every year we see bigger a better tricks. Do you think there’s a limit, or will the sport keep forever progressing?
DL: I definitely think there has been so much progression recently because it is a fairly new sport to the public and more people are getting involved. You are also seeing the sport evolve in different ways, like style. Freeskiing is so cool because you can be yourself and represent yourself in a different way than anyone else and that's why the sport will forever keep progressing.
Best of luck D-Lo!