Parade to honor local Olympian
by Jack Deming
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Twin Valley High School grad Devin Logan, left,  was at her alma mater Tuesday to talk about her experience in Sochi, Russia, during the Olympic games.
Twin Valley High School grad Devin Logan, left, was at her alma mater Tuesday to talk about her experience in Sochi, Russia, during the Olympic games.
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DOVER- Dover native and silver-medal-winning Winter Olympian Devin Logan will be honored this Saturday, which will be known as “Devin Day” in the valley. Everyone is invited to line Route 100 from the 7-Eleven to Mount Snow as a parade ushers Logan in to receive the Key to the Valley, presented by the selectboards of Dover and Wilmington. An autograph-and picture-taking session will follow the presentation on Cuzzins Deck.

Staging for the parade will begin at 10 am just south of 7-Eleven, with the parade kicking off at 10:30 and heading north to the main base area of Mount Snow. Along the parade route, spectators are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue, and bring flags as well.

Since winning silver in slopestyle skiing with a score of 85.40, Logan made her way back from Sochi through a slew of interviews, parties at events such as the Oscars, and finally back to Vermont. Since arriving in Dover, Logan has spent time at Carinthia, which sponsors her in competitions, but also traveling to local schools to talk about her experience. In just one week, Logan talked to students at Mount Snow Academy, Twin Valley Elementary School, Twin Valley High School, and Readsboro Central School.

At TVHS Tuesday morning, Logan told an enthusiastic crowd about the hard work she put into reaching the top of her game, and the perseverance it took to overcome a devastating ACL injury, and make it to the Olympics less than two years later. She also talked about the sacrifices she had to make, including missing her graduation at Twin Valley.

For this 21-year-old small-town Vermonter, the world she has made for herself through her success is something she told students that she still has trouble comprehending.

“I think its hilarious, because I never thought I would go to the places I’ve been,” said Logan. “It’s been a surreal time in my life, and it makes it even more meaningful to be able to come back and share this with everyone, and to see the appreciation from you guys makes it 10 times better.”

“Devin Day” was put together by the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mount Snow. According to Mount Snow communications director David Meeker, Logan is not only a great ambassador for the resort that sponsors her, but for the whole sport. Meeker also believes Logan needs to be celebrated as someone from the small, tight-knit Deerfield Valley who has represented her home so well.
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