Devin Logan wins Dew Tour ski slopestyle; Ashley Battersby injured

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Devin Logan has work ahead of her in ski halfpipe. She’s at the top of ski slopestyle, though.

Logan, who like Shaun White is trying to make the U.S. Olympic Team in two events, won ski slopestyle at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on Saturday. The 20-year-old scored 87.80 in the first of her two runs, and it held up to top the eight-woman final in Breckenridge, Colo.

Logan finished sixth in the ski halfpipe final Friday, fourth among Americans. She now leads the Olympic selection standings after the first of five selection events.

“Helps me out, definitely,” Logan said. “We’ve got four more qualifications, though, so anything can happen.”

Canadian Kim Lamarre took second with 81.20, followed by qualifying leader American Maggie Voisin in third. Voisin turned 15 on Saturday.

Another American, Ashley Battersby, crashed hard during her second run and was taken off the course in a sled. Battersby was coming back from a knee injury suffered at the Winter X Games in January, where she placed fourth.

Battersby has had multiple ACL surgeries. The majority of women’s ski slopestyle stars worldwide have undergone major knee surgeries, including three-time X Games champion Kaya Turski, a Canadian who’s hoping to be ready for Sochi after her latest setback in August.

Logan, too, blew out one of her knees a year ago. She won slopestyle silver at the 2012 X Games.

Breckenridge Women’s Ski Slopestyle
1. Devin Logan (USA) 87.80
2. Kim Lamarre (CAN) 81.20
3. Maggie Voisin (USA) 77.20

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12-year-old skateboarders earn medals at world championships

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At the world skateboarding championships, 12-year-olds Chloe Covell from Australia and Onodera Ginwoo from Japan earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, in Sunday’s street finals.

In the women’s event, Covell took silver behind Brazilian 15-year-old Rayssa Leal, who was a silver medalist herself at the Tokyo Games.

Frenchman Aurélien Giraud, a 25-year-old who was sixth in skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, won the men’s final in the United Arab Emirates. Ginwoo was third behind Portugal’s Gustavo Ribeiro.

The top Americans were Olympic men’s bronze medalist Jagger Eaton in sixth and 15-year-old Paige Heyn in seventh in the women’s event.

Nyjah Huston, a six-time world champion who placed seventh in Tokyo, missed worlds after August surgery for an ACL tear.

Up to three men and three women per nation can qualify per event (street and park) for the 2024 Paris Games. World rankings come June 2024 determine which Americans qualify.

In Tokyo, four of the 12 skateboarding medalists were ages 12 or 13.

Japan’s Kokona Hiraki, then 12, won silver in women’s park to become the youngest Olympic medalist since 1936, according to Olympedia.org. Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, then 13, won women’s street and became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event since 1936.

Worlds conclude this week with the men’s and women’s park events. The finals are Saturday.

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Francesco Friedrich, most decorated bobsledder in history, rebounds for 12th world title

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A week after his first major championships defeat in seven years, German Francesco Friedrich returned to his winning ways to close the world bobsled championships on Sunday.

Friedrich’s four-man sled won the world title by 69 hundredths of a second over British and Latvian sleds that tied for silver, combining times from four runs over the last two days in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It marked Great Britain’s first world championships men’s bobsled medal since 1966.

Geoff Gadbois drove the lone U.S. sled in the field, finishing 18th.

Friedrich, the most decorated bobsledder in history, extended his records with a fifth consecutive world four-man title and 12th world championship between two- and four-man events.

Germany swept all four titles at bobsled worlds with four different drivers taking gold.

Friedrich had won 12 consecutive Olympic or world titles before taking two-man silver at worlds last week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. He was dethroned in that event by countryman Johannes Lochner.

Friedrich has been hampered recently by a muscle injury from sprint training in late December. Going into worlds, Lochner had won four consecutive World Cup two-man races, while Hall won the last two World Cups in four-man.

Friedrich, 32, said before this season that he plans to make the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Games his final competition. Friedrich and push athlete Thorsten Margis can break the record of four career Olympic bobsled gold medals that they currently share with retired Germans Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske.

The World Cup season concludes with stops in Igls, Austria, and Sigulda, Latvia, the next two weekends.

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