Juggling Skating & School

Competitive skating and school is not always an easy mix. Walk around the CenturyLink Center long enough this week and you'll hear a variety of ways the figure skaters and their families make it work.

We caught up with Logan Bye, 14, and his dance partner, Chloe Lewis, 12, on top of the medal stand this week. They are the national champions of the Novice Ice Dancing division.

"I was definitely a nervous wreck," said Laura Rose-Lewis, Chloe's mother. "My heart was pounding."

This summer, Logan -- with his parents blessing -- made a major decision to up his game on the ice.

"I really wanted to skate with Chloe," said Logan. "It had to be done."

Logan -- the high school freshman -- moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Portland, Oregon, where Chloe lives -- so he could train with her daily. They had been flying back and forth every two weeks to stay sharp.

Logan's parents stayed behind in Colorado.

"This is his dream," said his mom Janet Bye. "This is what he wanted to do."

"He's a typical 14-year old in a lot of ways," said his father, Tim. "We don't hear from his as often as we would like. When we get him on the phone it's one word answers."

Now -- the two train for 18 hours a week. They've been skating together for two years.

Because of practice, they miss the first two-and-a-half hours of school every day -- and administrators are okay with it as long as they keep up.

"The kids are held to the same standard as the other students," said Chloe's mom.

A tutor helps with the missed classwork.

"Fortunately, the skating training translates into academics," said Chloe's father, Scott. "They are both very driven students. For the work they do in ice - they do the same for the homework."

Perhaps Omaha is just one of many stops for Logan and Chloe who have set their sights on South Korea for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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