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un­til it dropped to start the main event.

As a re­sult of his in­juries, Lo­gan had poor mem­ory, emo­tional is­sues and couldn’t read any­thing be­low 24 font, said Pringle, but he con­tin­ued to be an honor roll stu­dent at Sev­ern El­e­men­tary, and sub­se­quently at Stevensville Mid­dle School. With the help of fac­ulty at STMS, the sub­tle symp­toms of cog­ni­tive and vis­ual deficits were de­tected and by late No­vem­ber of that year, Pringle said they knew he had to be re-eval­u­ated, even though Lo­gan dreaded the news that he might not be able to ride again com­pet­i­tively.

Lo­gan was seen Jan. 3, 2014, by his neu­rol­o­gist, and that was when they learned how ex­ten­sive the cu­mu­la­tive dam­age was from the com­bi­na­tion of his ini­tial head in­jury, some smaller head “bumps” and that last BMX ac­ci­dent, said Pringle. At that point, he was re­tired from bik­ing. Lo­gan was re­moved from com­pet­ing in all sports for over two years, dur­ing time which he en­dured ex­ten­sive ther­a­pies to help him re­cover from the ef­fects of the ini­tial brain in­jury, said his mother.

That is un­til March 2015, when Lo­gan was, against the odds, granted ten­ta­tive per­mis­sion from a pe­di­atric neu­rol­o­gist at John’s Hop­kins to be­gin sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,

with the ex­press un­der­stand­ing that BMX, soc­cer, rugby, lacrosse and foot­ball would not be among them.

Pringle said they dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of moun­tain bike sports, as there is less out­side in­ter­fer­ence from other com­peti­tors.

“We were told the risks, Lo­gan was told the risks, and the de­ci­sion was not eas­ily reached, that he would be­gin rid­ing bikes once more. His de­meanor and at­ti­tude changed, and he was ex­ceed­ingly happy,” said Pringle.

Iron­i­cally, be­ing al­lowed to ride again, is what helped him to heal and be­gin to live life more “nor­mally” again, his mother added.

In April 2015, Lo­gan be­gan rac­ing Dual Slalom and Down­hill. He fin­ished the sea­son as one of the top Cat­e­gory 3 (be­gin­ner), 0-14 rac­ers in each dis­ci­pline within the Grav­ity East Se­ries, a re­gional se­ries. In 2016, he was Cat­e­gory 3, Jr. Men 15-18 Grav­ity East Se­ries Cham­pion, over­all No. 2 in the Cat­e­gory 3, Jr. Men 15-18 Mid At­lantic Cup Dual Slalom Se­ries Cham­pi­onship.

He was ranked at the end of that sea­son, by USA Cy­cling, as the No. 1, 15-yearold Cat­e­gory 3 Down­hill Moun­tain Biker within the na­tional ProGRT Se­ries.

This sum­mer Lo­gan has been on a tour of bike races, up the East Coast, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Killing­ton, VT. The last race of this sea­son — a dual slalom race is slated for Oc­to­ber near Fred­er­ick.

Lo­gan said he con­tin­ues to be pas­sion­ate about moun­tain bik­ing and wants to en­cour­age other kids to get out and ride bikes. Al­though, he also en­joys bas­ket­ball and has played two sea­sons with the Kent Is­land Slam pro­gram and rep­re­sented Kent Is­land High School as a fresh­man player, Lo­gan said he would re­ally love to help build a bik­ing pro­gram at the KIHS.

His long term goals are to grad­u­ate from KIHS, at­tend a col­lege with an es­tab­lished col­le­giate bik­ing pro­gram, while fo­cus­ing on an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree, and pos­si­bly com­pete on an in­ter­na­tional level at World Cup Moun­tain Bike events.

Pringle said Lo­gan has had great sup­port along the way and is cur­rently spon­sored by Bike Doc­tor Kent Is­land and long time sup­porter Onyx Rac­ing Prod­ucts out of Min­ne­sota. Bobby Woo­ley, of the Edge Train­ing Cen­ter in Stevensville, has also been a sup­porter of Lo­gan’s en­deav­ors, she said.

“His head in­juries have changed his life for­ever,” Pringle said. “It changed his per­son­al­ity, his out­go­ing na­ture, his read­ing abil­ity and what kind of cog­ni­tive work he can do be­fore be­com­ing too fa­tigued. [But] it did not change his love for the sport of bik­ing, and we con­tinue ev­ery­day to sup­port him, while pray­ing that he makes ev­ery run safely.”

An ath­lete’s pas­sion is their pas­sion and part of who they are, she said.

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