Sochi 2014 Look-Back: The Extreme Style of the Slopes

The finish area for the Slopestyle, PGS and Sno-Cross events.
The finish area for the Slopestyle, PGS and Sno-Cross events.

Each day during the Sochi Paralympics, I take a look back at my favorite moments from my Olympic experience working with NBC as a production associate for the Mountain SportsDesk.

What made this Olympic experience better than what I had in London was my access to the venues. During the London games as a logger, I had no access. My credential only got me into Olympic Park and the IBC. This time around, I got the coveted “ALL” access.

And that meant when I was sent on tasks to venues, I actually got to see what they looked like. One afternoon, I was sent to the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park to run a tape to one of the producers there. I ended up on a chair lift and got tremendous views of the mountains and of the slopestyle course that few others got to see.

A few days later I happened to be around for one of the Winter Olympics’ newest events — the Ladies’ Ski Slopestyle. Enter Devin Logan, a 20-year-old American who was about to head to Las Vegas after the Olympics to celebrate her 21st birthday, which was just days away. A medal would be a nice touch to the milestone celebrations.

Here was the end to her 2nd run:

Logan got some big air but it wasn’t the cleanest of finishes. Still, it was enough to get on the podium and earn a silver, which made some of her biggest fans pretty happy.

Ah, the raw emotion of earning a medal. That’s what makes the Olympics awesome.

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