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photo - Devin Logan flies above the lip of the halfpipe during the World Cup U.S. Grand Prix freestyle skiing finals, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Frisco, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) + caption
Devin Logan flies above the lip of the halfpipe during the World Cup U.S. Grand Prix freestyle skiing finals, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Frisco, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The Associated Press Updated: January 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

PARK CITY, Utah — Devin Logan is headed to the Sochi Olympics with a victory in the slopestyle final at the U.S. Grand Prix on Friday morning.

The 2011 U.S. halfpipe champion clinched one of three automatic berths after scoring 87.40 points on her first run.

It was just enough for Logan to hold off Canada's Dara Howell, who scored 87.00 on her second run to finish second. Canada's Kaya Turski, the 2013 World slopestyle champion, took third after scoring 86.80 points on her second run.

Turski, who is also a three-time Winter X Games champion, competed for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in August. Her top three finish helped her clinch a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. Howell had already earned a spot before Friday's competition.

Logan is also competing in the women's halfpipe finals and wants to qualify for Sochi in both events.

"I've been doing both since I was 13 years old, so it's just second nature to me," Logan said. "One helps me in the other with doing tricks and everything. Why not go for two? Better to have two chances than one. Hopefully, I'll bring home a couple of medals."

American skier Alex Schlopy won the men's slopestyle final in the afternoon to earn his first podium finish since 2011. Schlopy, who was the 2011 men's world champion, earned 92.20 points on his first run to clinch the victory.

Bobby Brown scored 91.80 on his final run to finish second and clinch a spot in Sochi. Gus Kenworthy took third after posting a score of 91.40 on his first run.

A host of factors ranging from injuries to weather-related problems have kept Schlopy off the podium in recent years. Getting a breakthrough win at Park City helps him believe things are finally getting back to normal.

"I've been waiting and working so hard," Schlopy said. "It just feels good to have hard work start to pay off. I didn't really expect to jump right into first place or whatever, but I'm stoked."

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