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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Team USA Freeskiing Athlete & Coach

We talked exclusively with Team USA member Devin Logan about what you can expect to see on the slopes during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- KNWA is home to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and before the games begin, we want to help you get to know the sports and the athletes of Team USA! One of the newest Winter Olympic events is freeskiing. It's a combination of big mountain and extreme skiing. We talked exclusively with Team USA member Devin Logan about what you can expect to see on the slopes.

"Our events are half pipe and slope style. You may have seen half pipe already with snowboarders, but slope style is new, and it's basically a skate park on skis," Logan explains. "You have a bunch of different features to choose from, including hand rails and jumps all in one course. You get through the course, and you're judged on how well you did."

Click the video above to watch our entire exclusive interview with Logan and Team USA Freeskiing Coach Mike Jankowski. You can also learn more about Logan below!

CLICK HERE to check out The North Face gear Team USA will sport at this year's games.

DEVIN LOGAN BIO
Devin Logan was born into a skiing family, and donned her first pair of skis when she was just two years old. She quickly advanced from bunny hills to steeper slopes in an effort to keep up with her older brothers, from whom she took her freeskiing inspiration.

Devin’s path to freeskiing stardom truly began at 15 years old, when she took second place in halfpipe at the U.S. Championships. She also took her competition and training to the next level by becoming one of the few athletes who competes in both halfpipe and slopestyle.
In her first full season of competition at age 17, Devin earned bronze in halfpipe at the European X Games and closed out her rookie season in a big way by winning her first U.S. halfpipe skiing title and the overall AFP crown.

In 2012, Devin continued to make waves as one of the best female freeskiers and was a regular on the podium at international competitions. Thanks to her arsenal of dynamic tricks, her 12 podiums that season included two X Games silver medals, 1st in the Dew Tour overall, and her second AFP Overall Championship title, earning her a spot on the U.S. Freeskiing Pro team.

After winning the season-opening New Zealand World Cup halfpipe in August 2012, the start to the Olympic qualifying period, Devin suffered a blown knee. She committed to rehab and stayed active in freeskiing by becoming an AFP and FIS certified judge, which she feels has elevated her understanding of the sport.
Off the slopes, Devin enjoys catching up with and cooking for her friends. She makes it a priority to stay active, whether it's playing soccer or getting outdoors to take on new adventures. She also finds time to further her education by taking classes at Westminster College in Utah.

HIGHLIGHTS:

AFP Ranking
1st, Overall, 2012
1st, Overall, 2011
1st, HP, 2011
3rd, SS, 2012
 
X Games
Silver, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
Silver, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
Bronze, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2011
4th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2012
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2012

FIS World Championships
5th, HP, Park City, UT, 2011
5th, SS, Park City, UT, 2011

FIS World Cup
Two podiums during 2012 season
Finished 3rd in SS standings and 4th in HP, 2012

Grand Prx
2nd, SS, Mammoth Mountain, 2012
U.S. Championship Titles
2011, HP, Stratton, VT

Other
1st, Dew Tour overall, 2012
Gold, SS, Junior World Championships, Valmalenco, ITA, 2012
1st, SS, North Face Park & Pipe Open, Waterville Valley, NH, 2012
1st, HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
2nd, SS/HP, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2011
3rd, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
5th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2012
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