Young skaters dream of Olympic gold, no matter the obstacles

Story highlights

  • As the womens' figure skating competition approaches, many aspiring medalists toil on the ice
  • Parents of three young skaters say dream is worth time, pressures and potential injuries
  • Figure skating teaches skills that can be carried on, one mom says
Like many over-scheduled 14-year-old girls, Presley Chandler has a very busy daily routine. But hers is probably busier than most.
Presley, an eighth-grader in Crookston, Minnesota, has two-hour figure skating classes at least three days a week, not counting the hours she practices on her own. She spends nearly her entire day on the rink each Sunday. If that's not enough to fill her time, she has dance class on Thursdays.
The commitment is worth it, she says. She dreams of making it to Nationals one day.
"That's my ultimate goal -- just once," said Presley, who's now in her 10th year of training. Of course, making it to the Olympics would be a "dream."
It's a dream shared by loads of other children and teens who put i