Quick stats: Devin Logan freeskier, U.S. ski team
Daily driver: 2012 Toyota Tacoma (Devin's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Mammoth Lakes, CA to Whistler, BC
Car she learned to drive in: 2002 Hyundai Accent
First car bought: 2002 Hyundai Accent
With Sochi just around the corner, this will be the first time skiing half-pipe and slopestyle will be at the Winter Olympics, and 20 year-old Devin Logan hopes to be the first female to compete in both events.
The first competition for Logan leading to Sochi was the Dew Tour, held last week in Breckenridge, Colorado. She won in slopestyle and placed sixth in halfpipe. There are four other events to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team, and the next one is the U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain held today and tomorrow. The halfpipe skiing finals will be televised on NBC Sports Network on Saturday and slopestyle skiing finals television Sunday on NBC.
Coming off an injury last year, in her first competition back in August, freeskier Logan won the World Cup Half Pipe in New Zealand. "There's a lot of good contenders in the U.S. I'm pretty confident that I have a good chance and I'm the only female to compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle events, so I'm trying to make history and get into the Olympics for two events."
Her dream car is her trusty 2012 Toyota Tacoma, which is what has gotten her around snowy locales where she lives and trains. "I love it. I live in Park City now, so it's snowy here all the time and it's a truck so I can basically get through any type of weather with it. It's a four-door long bed, so when I travel on trips to go skiing, I can fit a lot in the car," she says.
She's buying a snowmobile to take to the back-country and she bought the Tacoma knowing she could fit it in the bed of the Tacoma. "It was the car of my dreams, because I'm from Vermont and my mom drove trucks, I knew I wanted to eventually buy a snowmobile and that was the type of car that I could hold a snowmobile in. If I ever wanted to sell it, it's a good car that holds its retail value."
Logan also likes the Tacoma's gas mileage. "On the highway when I'm traveling to Colorado, which is seven hours away, I have to maybe stop for gas twice," she says. "It gets 23 to 25 miles to the gallon on the highway. I feel that's pretty good for a truck."
She bought it with her 2012 winnings and gives it a perfect 10 because it suits her lifestyle. "It has 4WD and I've got some pretty nice Michelin all-terrain tires on it, so I don't need chains," she says. "When I drive to Park City, I throw my skis in the back and my poles and my boots and if I'm taking other people, it can fit a whole bunch of skis. If I'm going to Colorado I put my ski bag back there and my suitcase full of all my clothes. It can fit a lot. I've actually moved from house to house and I've fit a bunch of boxes in it and a mattress, so it's for moving a lot of things."
The year before Logan bought her dream car, she did really well in the Dew Tours, in ski halfpipe and slopestyle. She also had some sponsor incentive that also helped her buy the Tacoma, which she had been eyeing for quite some time.
"I knew I wanted it for quite sometime because I knew I would be buying a snowmobile and moving out West," she says. "I'm a competition skier as of right now, but in the future I want to expand my skiing, and do more backcountry and filming. To film backcountry you have to get out into spots and build jumps, so you kind of need to explore areas and a snowmobile is good for that."
Right after she bought the Tacoma, she drove it to Moab, Utah, to the AWD trails to test it out with friends. "I drove it on the Jeeping trails, and I took mine on that the first week I got it," she laughs. "I was going camping in Moab and thought it would be a good idea to take it on some Jeeping trails."
Car she learned to drive in
Logan went to high school in Vermont and since there wasn't a family car to learn on, she bought a used, 2002 Hyundai Accent for $1,500, which was the car right before her current Tacoma.
"That was the car I did everything in. Learned how to drive in my first snowstorm in and everything," she says. "It was just a small car that could get me from point A to point B and I could mess around with, it could take some beatings. My mom didn't have a car at the time, so if I wanted a car she basically told me I had to buy one. If I was with my sisters I would practice in their car."
She took Drivers Ed while in high school for a semester and bought the Accent two weeks before her driver's test. Learning to drive in a rural area has its advantages. "It was pretty easy because I grew up in a town where there is only one stop light," she laughs. "There was not too much traffic at all. It was pretty easy to learn how to drive. I didn't get overwhelmed with traffic or anything like that. When I bought my car, my mom let me drive some back roads just to get some practice and feel out the car."
She bought the Accent with money she made from competitions in freeskiing and summer jobs working at the local country store and at a condominium complex's clubhouse.
"I started competing at my home mountain Mount Snow, but there were no girls that were competing so I always entered in the pro competition, because there would only be one or two girls. So I would always win $100 here or there," she says.