Headed to the Olympics
by Randy Capitani
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Dover’s Devin Logan will be heading to her second Olympic games in February, and in the process become the first US skier to compete in the halfpipe and slopestyle events. Gum manufacturer Topps has issued trading cards featuring her and other Olympians.
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SOUTHERN VERMONT- Olympic medal winners Kelly Clark, Devin Logan, and Lindsey Jacobellis lead a long list of athletes with local and Vermont connections who will be competing in next month’s Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Clark, who grew up in Dover and trained at the Mount Snow Academy, is heading for a record fifth Olympics to compete in the snowboard halfpipe. She won the United States’ first-ever snowboarding gold medal in the 2002 halfpipe competition at the Salt Lake City games. She was fourth in 2006 at Torino, Italy, and won bronze medals in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Clark, 34, is the oldest snowboarder on the US women’s team. Jacobellis, 32, is the second oldest rider. By comparison, teammates Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro, and Hailey Langland are each 17.

Jacobellis will compete in snowboardercross for the fourth time in the Olympics. She won a silver at Torino in 2006, was the 2017 World Champion, and holds a record 29 wins on the World Cup circuit. She grew up in Roxbury, CT, and graduated from the Stratton Mountain School.

Logan, 24, is headed to her second Olympics after winning a silver medal in freestyle skiing slopestyle at Sochi in 2014. She will compete in dual events this year, having qualified in slopestyle and the halfpipe. Logan was also the 2016 World Cup overall freeski champion. Like Clark, she grew up in Dover and spent her high school winters training at Mount Snow Academy. Logan is the first US athlete to compete in halfpipe and slopestyle at the Olympics.

Another freestyle skier with a Dover and Mount Snow lineage is 20-year-old Emerson Smith. He will be competing in his first Olympics in the mogul competition. He won a dual moguls silver medal in the 2016 Junior World Championships. He finished second in moguls and dual moguls in the 2017 US national championships at Steamboat Springs, CO, last March, and had a sixth-place finish in a World Cup mogul competition in Thaiwoo, China, in December. Smith honed his skiing as a youth with the Mount Snow Training Center. He now skis for the Vail Ski and Snowboard club.

Also headed to her first Olympic games is freeskier Caroline Claire, 17, from Stratton Mountain School. Claire and her family lived in Wilmington for many years before relocating to Manchester Center. She will be competing in slopestyle. Claire won bronze medals at the 2017 and 2015 Junior World Championships. She earned her spot on the team by finishing fourth at the US qualifiers at Mammoth Mountain on Sunday.

Cross-country skier Sophie Caldwell, of Peru, is headed to her second Olympics. Andy Newell, of Shaftsbury, returns for his fourth games in cross-country skiing. Both are Stratton Mountain School alums.

Ida Sargent, of Craftsbury, and Liz Stephen, of East Montpelier, are also competing on the US cross-country team. Emily Driessigacker, of Morrisville, and Susan Dunklee, of Barton, are on the US biathlon team. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, and Nolan Kasper, of Warren, will race on the men’s alpine team.

Other skiers and riders with Vermont connections include Sochi slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper, who was a member of the Mount Snow Carinthia freeski team, and alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, a graduate of Burke Mountain Academy. Shiffrin, considered one of the top ski racers in the world, will head to her second Olympics. She won a gold in slalom as an 18-year-old in Sochi in 2014.

The PyeongChang Olympic games begin February 9 and end on February 25.

For schedules of events and more information visit www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018.
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