Saturday, August 17, 2013
Logan wins women's World Cup half-pipe
QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand -- Snowboarder Devin Logan of the United States made a successful return from a serious knee injury to win a women's freestyle world cup half-pipe event at the New Zealand Winter Games.
Logan was competing for the first time since winning the half-pipe gold medal at the 2012 New Zealand event. She qualified eighth out of 12 finalists and took the gold medal with a score of 84.60 as bad weather reduced the men's and women's finals to a single run.
Antti-Jussi Kemppainen of Finland won the men's event with a score of 86.60, beating Americans Aaron Blunck and Taylor Seaton.
Angeli Vanlaanen of the United States had to wait more than an hour before her run in the women's final, but scored 80.00 to take the silver medal while Mirjam Jaeger of Switzerland took bronze with a 74.80.
Logan was delighted with her performance.
"The weather didn't cooperate as everyone had hoped, but I'm stoked to be back from my injury and happy to take the top spot," she said. "Feeling good!"
Kemppainen said conditions were "pretty tough," but was glad the event was completed on schedule.
"It feels pretty good," Kemppainen said. "I didn't really expect anything this cool, but it's definitely a good start for the season and I'm happy."
Qualifying began on Sunday and continues on Monday for the men's snowboard slope-style world cup.