Two Dover natives win medals at Sochi Olympic Games
by Jack Deming
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Devin Logan celebrates after her medal-winning run Tuesday.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA- The state of Vermont sent 16 athletes to the 2014 Winter Olympics, the most per capita in the United States. Two of those athletes, Kelly Clark, 30, and Devin Logan, 20, not only represented their state and the entire country, they also represented the town of Dover, the place where they learned how to ski and ride, and where they first dreamed of standing on an Olympic podium.

Tuesday marked the first time that a slopestyle skiing competition was included in the winter Olympic games. It was also the first time that Logan, a Mount Snow Academy graduate, would don the letters USA on the world’s largest and most competitive stage. It was less than two years ago that Logan suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, plus two microfractures, after a fall in New Zealand. But on her first run of the slopestyle finals, Logan nailed it, dropping in while listening to DMX. She launched, spun, and landed herself a score of 85.40, a total that would be trumped only by Canada’s Dara Howell.

Next to her friends Howell and bronze medal winner Kim Lamarre, also from Team Canada, Logan stood proudly as the first-ever silver medalist in women’s slopestyle skiing history. “It’s a dream come true,” said Logan, phoning in from Russia. “I’ve been dreaming of that moment since I was young, and with a comeback story to add to it, standing on that podium is just awesome. I just can’t express it, having the honor of representing the USA.”

It had been a tumultuous journey getting to Sochi for Logan. While on a shuttle in Munich, her Iphone 5s, containing her much needed music, slipped out of her pocket. Thanks to a good Samaritan who found it, Logan was able to get it back in time to put her in the right state of mind. “Your whole life leads up to that moment, and the music helps me get in the zone. Before I made my run I just took a deep breath. I had a lot of practice runs that week and I knew what I had to put down.”

While going through her silver-medal-winning motions, Logan said a state of autopilot kicks in. “You don’t hear anything until you hit the last jump,” said Logan. “When I finally heard the roar of the crowd it was an amazing feeling.” Logan’s mother Nancy has been at her side since she stepped off the podium, accompanying her to interviews and spectating at other events.

Clark is no stranger to winning Olympic medals. In 2002, at the age of 18, she was awarded the gold medal for women’s snowboard halfpipe at Salt Lake City, and was awarded a bronze medal in 2010 at the Vancouver games. Now a four-time Olympian, Clark has added a third Olympic medal to her historic career, once again taking home the bronze in women’s halfpipe after her second run on Wednesday earned her a 90.75, just one point off winner Kaitlyn Farrington’s gold medal score.

Clark was holding nothing back. A favorite to win gold, she got the most air out of every jump and even tumbled early in her first run. But her second go was the last run of the event, and she went with the big guns, throwing up a big 1080 that she nearly landed without incident. It took an extra minute, and seemed like an eternity, but when the judges finally tallied the score, Clark became the first ever three-time medalist in the competition’s history. Wednesday was also Clark’s 110th podium in 129 career events, making her the winningest rider of all time.

According to Logan, winning a medal is still surreal, but winning along with Clark is also a touching experience. “It means a lot because I grew up going to Mount Snow Academy, and Kelly came in to talk to the academy after the Olympics one year, and it really inspired me. To be at the same level of competition as her and standing on a podium means a lot.”

Logan also said her silver medal was the greatest birthday present, and a great way to celebrate turning 21 on Monday.

“I just want to thank all my friends and family for their longtime support in Dover where I’ve been skiing since I was two years old,” said Logan. “I hope I made everyone proud.”
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