Voisin Returns To Games, Finishes Fourth In Slopestyle
Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.) returned to the Olympics, finishing fourth, and Devin Logan (Mount Snow, Vt.) was 10th in slopestyle freeskiing Saturday at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“I had an injury four years ago and wasn’t able to compete at Sochi, that day four years ago I told myself I would do whatever it takes to get back to the 2018 games and here I am," Voisin said. "It was a rollercoaster over the last four years with a lot of ups and downs. I have to find the positive in every situation and it's a win in itself to just drop in at my first Olympics.”
On her final run, Switzerland's Sarah Hoefflin moved past her teammate Mathilde Gremaud to claim the gold medal, as Gremaud won the silver medal.
Voisin briefly moved into medal contention on her third run, but was surpassed by Great Britain's Isabel Atkin, who won the bronze medal.
“These past four years we have pushed the sport so far and just to be a part of it is huge," Voisin said. "It’s incredible to see how far the sport has come. I saw so many tricks that inspired me today, Sarah and Mathilde doing switch double corks, just so impressive. I can’t begin to tell you how honored I am to be a part of it and ski alongside these amazing athletes.”
Although Logan was unable to podium in slopestyle, she will have a second shot in PyeongChang in halfpipe.
“It was the run I wanted to do, it just wasn’t the cleanest, the judges don’t like that," Logan said. "I am happy to be out here skiing in the finals. I wish it could have gone better. I will live and ski another day. I have halfpipe to look forward to and I am going to use that fire and just send it.”
Team USA Athletes Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.) and Darian Stevens (Missoula, Mont.) did not qualify for the finals. However, that doesn’t mean that their trip to PyeongChang is a let down by any means. For Stevens, it is about the journey.
“The Olympics has been a life-changing experience for me," Steven said. "Going to the Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. I didn’t make the finals, but I made it here and that’s the hardest part. Making the U.S. Team is really tough and I was lucky enough to make it happen. In Sochi, I missed the team by one spot so it means the world just to be here."
Up next, the men's slopestyle freeskiing will take to the course at Phoenix Snow Park Sunday with the qualifying rounds at 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Saturday. The finals begin at 1:15 p.m. KT / 11:15 p.m. EST Saturday.