He's the only teen-age male figure skater in the Vacationland Figure Skating Club in Brainerd.
But that hasn't stopped Logan Mohs of Baxter from participating in the sport he's enjoyed since he was a preschooler.
Mohs, the 13-year-old son of Bill and Jann Mohs of Baxter, has been skating since he was 3, but joined the Brainerd figure skating club and started taking lessons at age 5. He had tried roller hockey and told his mom that "all he wanted to do was skate."
After the teen appeared in his first figure skating show at the Brainerd Area Civic Center, he was hooked.
"He was in his first show at 6 and when the spotlight hit, that's all it took. It was his dream," said his mother, Jann. "He's very at ease at being in the spotlight performing. It's built his self-confidence up to set a goal and reach it. He also knows what disappointment is like at competitions."
Mohs, an eighth-grader at Franklin Junior High School, now trains four times a week, twice in St. Cloud and twice at the Brainerd Area Civic Center with his coaches. His primary coach is Dianah Klatt of St. Cloud, who works with him on his ice dancing skills.
"I live in my van," said his mom with a laugh. "I work half-time at the hospital and the rest is skating."
Jann works part-time as a Medicare support clerk at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd while her husband owns his own auction business. Logan is their only child.
Mohs has passed his prejuvenile requirements and is working on his freestyle skills. He is the highest-ranked skater in the club. Though he spends four days a week on the ice, Mohs is a high honors student at Franklin and takes honors math and science classes at the high school. He also is a member of the Alpine ski team, Knowledge Bowl and Math League and coaches basic skating skills for young skaters at the Breezy Point ice arena.
Mohs is a member of the Vacationland synchronized team and plans to perform a freestyle program and an ice dancing program with partner Mackenzie Ross, a 10th-grader at Brainerd High School, during the figure skating club's 28th annual show at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.
The duo has been skating together for a year, said Mohs. They are the first pair from the club to compete in the dance division at competitions.
It's not easy being the lone teen-age male skater in the club. There are few teen-age boys who participate in figure skating so he has few competitors when he competes at skating contests throughout the state. He's unable to compete in freestyle because of the lack of male competitors. Instead, he competes against girl skaters in artistic moves and dance divisions, said his mom.
Although his friends are used to his figure skating, other kids have teased him about his involvement in the sport. But that hasn't pressured him to stop figure skating and take up another sport, like ice hockey.
"I think it would be fun, but no," said Mohs with a laugh, about playing hockey.
His mom said her son's male friends have discovered that his participation in figure skating has its benefits as well. He's the only boy, which means a lot of his skating friends are girls.
While Mohs is the only teen-age boy in the Vacationland Figure Skating Club, there are about five other younger boys in the club who look up to him as a role model.
"When they start doubting if they should continue to skate they go watch Logan and find out it's OK," said Jann Mohs.
Advance tickets for this weekend's shows are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students and are available at SuperAmerica, Ace Hardware, Jenny's Hallmark and Cub Foods of Brainerd and Baxter and Schaefer's Foods in Nisswa. Tickets also will be available at the door for $8 and $7.
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