South Seattle pair skaters, Logan Weaver and Hannah Eby, have come a long way in a short amount of time and are now in need of a Christmas miracle to help them continue their success. These two skaters began pair skating only six months ago and already they have made quite a splash.
Logan began skating when he was 13-years-old and Hannah when she was only 8-years-old when her great-grandmother gave her Learn to Skate classes as a Christmas gift.
Though these two have known each other for about five years, this is the first time that they have skated together. They are both 17-years-old and in the process of finishing high school.
Skating at Sprinker in Tacoma as part of the Lakewood Winter Club, they heard about auditions for pair skating and decided to give it a shot. “When we first started there were some like bad, bad days, we’ve pretty much come over that,” Logan said.
Though there are many challenges that come with adding another person to a sport that they used to compete in individually, they both enjoy it and are grateful to not be out there alone. “It’s a lot more fun. ...it’s easier to manage everything when you’re on a team instead of just by yourself,” Logan explained.
Coached by Olympic silver medalist, Ben Agosto and Merrie Schultz, Logan and Hannah tested quickly through the levels and made it to intermediate where they competed at sectionals in November. They placed fourth at sectionals where they then qualified for the 2014 US Figure Skating National Championships.
“It’s actually really exciting. Only a couple people get to experience this, so I’m just glad that I get to go,” Hannah expressed. “My goal is just to skate the best. This is our first season, this is a learning experience,” Hannah said.
The 2014 U.S. Nationals will be held in Boston and Logan and Hannah are still working to raise the funds. Selling ornaments and candles and trying to raise funds online, this pair still have a long way to go. They are attempting to raise $3000 and so far only have $500, with Nationals only a few weeks away. Logan and Hannah are committed to make it to Nationals and have determined that any Christmas money given to them this year will go directly to their fundraising.
There are many charities and organizations that raise funds during the holidays, but it is rare to see young athletes raising funds to reach their dreams. This Christmas, Logan and Hannah are hoping for a miracle to help get them to Nationals. If you would like to be a part of that miracle, you can donate to their website here.
Merry Christmas to all the athletes out there and their families who may not have a lot gifts under their trees, but sacrifice in order to reach their dreams.