Big Dreams: Logan Sankey |

Big Dreams: Logan Sankey

Logan Sankey will compete in the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld, Austria as a member of the women's ski jumping team. It will be the first women's competition in ski jumping at the World Championships level. (Photo by Joel Reichenberger)
Joel Reichenberger

College has always been part of Steamboat Springs High School senior Logan Sankey’s plan, and it still is.

Logan Sankey has decided to put off college to pursue her opportunities with theU.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team. She is hoping the trade off will pay off with an Olympic appearance in 2018.

The only thing that’s changed is the International Olympic Committee added a women’s normal hill women’s special jumping event to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, and Sankey suddenly had another option to pursue after high school — an opportunity that is time-sensitive.

“I think that what I will experience while traveling the world and what I will be a learning while competing is something I can take with me when I go to college,” Sankey said. “I guess I feel like those experiences will be worth putting off college for a few years. I still plan to go to college someday — that hasn’t changed. I feel like these experiences are only going to make me a better college student.”

So when her classmates head off to college next fall, Sankey will be wrapping up her summer training schedule and preparing for the start of the World Cup season. She has applied for college to cover any unexpected scenarios, including an injury that could keep her on the sidelines, but that’s just plan B.

Sankey is a stand-out student at Steamboat Springs High School, where she was president of the Spanish Club, vice president of the Interact Club, secretary for the National Honor Society and a member of the Steamboat Springs High School Student Council. She also plays soccer between seasons.

She is the student most colleges are seeking, but make no mistake: Sankey’s plan is to spend the winter of 2016-17 ski jumping at an international level and striving to achieve results that could take her to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The window to ski and compete at this high level is limited, and Sankey thinks this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“College isn’t going anywhere,” Sankey said. “I don’t have to rush it, because it’s going to be there when I’m ready to come back. Going to college was always a part of my plan, and nothing about that has changed.”

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