Ask an Olympian: Slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan takes our burning Qs
On Feb. 11, 20-year-old Devin Logan earned a silver medal in the inaugural women’s ski slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics. On Feb. 13, as she was about to head to another medal ceremony for some teammates (spoiler alert!), she phoned EW to answer a few of our Sochi-themed burning questions.
While she did not know who has the high score on that “Rambo” arcade game in the mountain village, if Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal is the only athlete stealing yogurt from the coastal village, or which one of the puppies fellow Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescued is the cutest, we did get some insight into the medalist lifestyle.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations. How many times have you heard that in the last 48 hours?
DEVIN LOGAN: So many, but thank you again.
Do you feel like you need to wear your Olympic medal everywhere because it might get stolen?
I definitely have been cautious about where I’m wearing it here — just because I’m running around to interviews, and it’s so close on time, that I don’t want to be stopped by everyone. That seems to be happening quite frequently when I’m wearing it. “Can I get pictures? An autograph?” Sometimes I feel bad saying, “Sorry, I can’t,” when I want to get a picture with everyone. So I keep it in my pocket when I’m on the go. But it’s always at my side, too, because I don’t want to lose it.
I mean, I’ve been letting some people wear it and a lot of people hold it and touch it. But I’m starting to get a little wary just because I have heard that fingerprints could harm the medal. So over time, I’m getting a little bit more attached to it. [Laughs]
What’s the best perk that comes with being a medalist? Are you using it to skip lines? Get free stuff?
Sometimes it helps skipping through lines, but not all the time. I still need all my credentials. If I need to get my friends in, I try to showcase that — it works every once in a while.
Who has the party room in the athlete village? Is there a country that you know is just always having a good time?
The mountain village is a dry facility, so you kinda have to come down to the coastal one. And I have to wait until I turn 21 on Feb. 17, so I haven’t experienced a party yet. But hopefully shortly in the days to come. [Laughs]
We’ve seen athletes tweet photos of the bedrooms. How comfortable are those twin beds?
Well luckily for Team USA, we’ve got some Tempur-Pedic covers, so that helps out a lot.
Since we’re Entertainment Weekly, we’re curious if you have a TV in your room.
Yeah, there’s a TV in our room. We also a common room where there’s some spin bikes and TVs, and then downstairs in the lobby of our building, we have a Team USA room where we have little snacks of our own, couches, refrigerators, couple TVs to watch events. We’re pretty hooked up. We have one building up in the mountain village and we have a Team USA house down here in the coastal, which actually we’re gonna be headed to any minute now because the boys are receiving their medals and then we’re gonna go have a party for them there.
We’ve heard that the dating app Tinder is quite popular in the athlete village. Are you on Tinder, and how did you navigate that distraction?
[Laughs] I am on Tinder, but it’s more of a joke with my friends leading up to [the Olympics]. I haven’t really done anything here about it. I’m just kinda hanging out, and plus the Internet is a little shaky, so when I do get Internet I try to just check my emails and talk to my family and friends. I don’t really have time for that.
How close have you come to being locked in a room?
[Laughs] I haven’t been close to being locked in a room yet. Nowhere close. So hopefully that doesn’t happen anytime soon.
We’ve seen the photos of the multi-toileted restrooms. Are people using those, or is there, like, a long line for some private stall somewhere?
I’ve seen people using the group bathrooms. X Games is similar to that near the athlete tent, so it’s not all that weird. It just kinda smells a little. But every time I’ve gone to the bathroom, it’s been fine. [Laughs] I guess I’ve been kinda lucky.
What’s the best thing to eat in the athlete village?
When I’ve been eating in the athlete village, I’ve tried to experiment, but my stomach isn’t really taking to the food, so I’ve stopped experimenting and just stuck to grilled chicken and salad.
You were among the athletes who helped The North Face design and test the U.S.’s ski slopestyle competition uniforms, so I feel like you’re qualified to answer this sport-specific question: Just how loose do pants have to be? Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut nearly lost his competing in the men’s event today.
It all depends on the rider, your personal preference and style. I prefer them to be baggy. The pants do have Army-grade suspenders, so they do stay up on me. But I have my long johns, and I have the knee brace on, so I like to have a little bit more room to add or subtract clothing, depending on the weather conditions.
What were you listening to while were competing?
Last question: Who do you think gave Bob Costas pinkeye?
[Laughs] I don’t know. Maybe someone got a hold of his pillow. I don’t know who doesn’t like him now. [Laughs]