KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Devin Logan is standing in the middle of reporters, reciting the trick combination used to capture her silver in Tuesday's Olympic slopestyle skiing.
"I did disaster to front two, on the down-flat-down," Logan said. "Switch on on the up flat, to lip on, to switch out on the downrail. Switch on shifty to straight out of the flat box, to right five, to pin, to switch left five safety, to cork seven to tail."
Well, yeah. Of course.
Those unfamiliar with ski slopestyle – one of the new events in the Winter Games – will just have to take Logan's word for it. Undoubtedly one of the more dangerous events, ski slopestyle is predicated on multiple surfaces, slopes and jumps, each offering a seemingly never-ending array of tricks. And Logan put on a show with many of them Tuesday, reeling in silver and giving the U.S. its second medal in freestyle skiing.
All of this after suffering a right knee injury in the summer of 2012 that required surgery on her ACL, meniscus and a pair of microfracture procedures. Logan sat out the remainder of that year and much of 2013, with an eye on the Olympics and its Sochi slopestyle debut as her big return. In the downtime, she judged freestyle competitions and learned how to formulate a string of tricks that would score high and keep judges entertained.
"This is my little comeback story," Logan said. "I feel amazing. The knee feels great. It was a good comeback. I sat out a year and really learned some things."
It didn't come easy. The slopestyle course has drawn some grumbles for being aggressive and soft – combining speed with potholes – and leading to a multitude of crashes on Tuesday. The chaos included a particularly frightening moment when Canada's Yuki Tsubota appeared to be knocked unconscious on the course's final jump. She was ultimately taken off the course on an inflatable stretcher and is expected to undergo a CT scan to determine the extent of her injuries.
Swaying, rapping and barking at the top of the hill to one of her signature DMX tracks, Logan ultimately overcame the sloppiness, scoring an 85.40 on her first finals run. She fell in her second attempt as she tried to catch a spectacular 94.20 notched by Canada's Dara Howell, then had to sweat out the last run of Canada's Kim Lamarre, who scored an 85.0 for bronze.
"Dara had the sickest run of the day," Logan said. "I'm so happy she was the one that beat me. …I felt great. I'm really happy with my skiing. I landed what I wanted to land."
The other U.S. finalists weren't so fortunate. Sixteen-year-old Julia Krass took a fall in one of her final two runs and finished 11th, while medal favorite Keri Herman finished 10th after being undone by multiple mistakes over both finals runs.
"I consider myself a winner," Herman said. "I'm an Olympian. This rules. I'm just going to have fun. It's party time now. We can let lose."
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