The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are set to begin on Feb. 9, and they will conclude after just 16 event-packed days. Though they are only a couple weeks long, most of the athletes competing in this years’ Olympics have been training for the worldwide sporting event for years and years. Among them? Skier Devin Logan, a 24-year-old Olympic veteran who's competing in not one, but two events this year. “It's been a dream of mine to compete [in the games] since I was 12 years old" she tells Bustle. "To stand up on the worldwide stage, and compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle skiing is overwhelming. I'm still in shock."
Olympic athletes are often seen as the pinnacle of perseverance and determination, and Logan is no exception. The Vermont native moved to Park City, Utah, to pursue skiing full time after high school. Even after she suffered a knee injury during the 2012-2013 season, Logan continued to pursue and develop a passion for her sport. "Skiing has held a lot of ups and downs for me. In 2012, when I blew out my knee, I actually became a certified judge for my sport [through the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP)]. Even though I wasn't competing, I was in the booth with the judges — judging runs, and figuring out the other side of skiing that skiers usually don't get to see,” she says.
After her knee injury healed, Logan went on to participate in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. There, at just 20 years old, she took home a silver medal in women’s freeski slopestyle after just one run. She has also earned multiple awards at the X Games and FIS World Cup.
Logan says she's completely humbled by the opportunity to compete in both events. “I actually am making history,” she says. “I am just so honored and thrilled — I have all these emotions being able to represent Team USA, myself, and my country again.”
Though Logan is a powerhouse of the skiing world who won’t be slowing down anytime soon, she is all about building up and supporting other women in reaching their goals. On Dec. 6, the mint and gum brand Ice Breakers announced it would be partnering up with a group of Olympic athletes, including Logan, to create Team Unicorn — a social media movement Logan hopes will inspire others to pursue their dreams with confidence. “For me, Team Unicorn symbolizes all of our personal achievements. When I'm done with my run, at the bottom of the corrals, I always have a smile on my face. Whether I fall or I landed an incredible run, I try to be in love with the moment," she says. The skier adds that she loves receiving messages from her younger fans, and hearing about their own #UnicornMoment — aka, a moment where you recognize your personal achievements, which, for this Olympian, are many.
Since Logan will be participating in two events at the games in PyeongChang, her training has been extensive and intense. During competitions and contests Logan regularly has back-to-back training: Slopestyle in the morning, halfpipe in the evening, or vice versa. She also has to participate in qualifications. “Everyone is putting in such hard work, but I have to double that. So, sleep is my best friend,” she says. Logan adds that all the hard work and long days spent training is well worth it — she tries to keep her commitment to her sport fun and fulfilling.
Logan’s sights are solely set on the Olympics right now, but you can find her cooking up a storm in the nearest kitchen during her free time, or during the off-season. The self-described foodie was even featured in Good Cents Cooking Magazine, and tells Bustle, “cooking is another way I express myself.” Logan also spends as much time as possible with her large family, including her two brothers who are also professional skiers, sisters, and nieces — who are Logan’s most adorable fans.
Of course Logan is going for the gold in both her events, but she has made sure the competition doesn’t take aways from her passion for the sport. “My number one rule while skiing is to always have fun,” she says. “If you have confidence, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.” So set your reminder to tune into the Olympic opening ceremony in February, and don’t forget to watch Logan's runs.