There are worse ways to celebrate one’s 25th birthday than by competing in the Olympic Games, and Devin Logan got to do just that on Saturday at Phoenix Snow Park in Pyeongchang.
But she left with less to celebrate than she had hoped, finishing 10th in the freestyle skiing slopestyle competition after having won a silver medal in the event four years earlier in Sochi.
Logan, who grew up in Oceanside, went to high school in Vermont and now lives in Utah, had a strong run in the qualifying round, scoring 84.80 and prompting NBC analyst Luke Van Valin to say, “Everything about her posture in this run is confident, calculated, and executed to perfection.”
But she tumbled on a landing in the first of her three runs in the finals.
Her best result in the finals came in her second run, during which she wobbled on a landing after a 720-degree spin but stayed the course, netting her a score of 56.80.
On her final attempt, she fell coming off a rail early in the run, ending her medal hopes so abruptly that NBC’s coverage cut away before she even reached the bottom of the course.
Her mother, Nancy, watched in person, having made what NBC said was the fourth airplane trip of her life to be there for the Games. She also was there for Devin’s silver medal run in Sochi.
Logan has two older brothers, Chris and Sean, who are professional skiers. She moved from Long Island to Vermont in her teens for easier access to training.
Logan is not done at the Olympics, though. Her busy schedule continues on Monday morning in Korea in the halfpipe event, a rare double.
Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland won the gold medal in slopestyle with a score of 91.20.
Another freestyle skier with Long Island roots, Caroline Claire, fell on both of her qualifying runs and did not reach the final round.
Her parents, Edward and Allyson, grew up in Freeport and attended Chaminade and Baldwin High Schools, respectively.
Caroline was born in Minnesota, but the family moved to Rockville Centre when she was an infant and lived there until she was 9, then moved to Vermont.
Her maternal grandfather grew up with Yankees radio announcer John Sterling, and she has called him “Uncle John” throughout her life. She also is an avid Yankees fan.
Ed Claire said that as an infant in her crib, Carolina would listen to Sterling’s Yankees calls when going to sleep.