Never Give Up Ice Stars


Never Give Up

Documentary series following young ice skaters. Figure skater Kloe fights to get back on top form after a few disappointing performances.


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Previously on Ice Stars...

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..Kloe's confidence took a knock

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when she fell at a major international competition.

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Sometimes we have days when we fall on jumps that

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we can literally do in our dreams

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and that's when you just think, "What's happening?"

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-Destiny.

-Destiny was awarded a scholarship

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giving her free lessons at the rink.

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And after spending the summer back home in Italy,

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Adriano returned with a surprise for Ella.

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Who have you been skating with while you've been away, then?

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-Three girls.

-Three girls?

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He's been cheating on you, Ella.

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Coming up - Kloe is fighting to get back on top...

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I've worked with Kloe now for four years

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and I've never seen her come back from a competition so devastated.

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..Josh gets some shattering news...

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If I had to stop skating,

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it'd just be the end of the world, really, for me.

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..and Ella realises she'll need to fight to keep hold of her partner.

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Could be the last time that me and Adriano skate together.

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Nine-year-old Destiny is very proud of all her ice hockey pucks.

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She's collected them from the matches she's been to.

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Normally, I would just go down and wait there at the barrier,

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so then I could just get a little one of these pucks.

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Destiny!

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Since Destiny won her skating scholarship,

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she's been busy practising nonstop at the rink,

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determined to become an ice hockey player.

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I keep falling.

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Like Bambi!

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At first, my mum wanted me to do figure skating, but I'm just, like,

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"No, that isn't my thing."

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Decided I want to go and play ice hockey.

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There's a lot of players that I want to be like from our local team.

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At the moment, playing for a team is only a pipe dream.

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It's something that she's always wanted to do,

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but I suppose until she actually gets down there

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and gets her kit on and gets on the ice,

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it's probably not going to be real.

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Destiny's commitment to hockey is starting to get noticed at the rink,

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and word has reached Matt, the ice hockey coach.

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-Hello?

-Vicky, it's Matt at the National Ice Centre.

-Hello.

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Hi, there. I've heard some great things about Destiny

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-and her ice skating.

-Yeah.

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And we'd be really keen to invite her to the centre

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to train with the ice hockey team.

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OK, that's great.

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-That's great.

-All right, then, Vicky.

-OK, then. Thank you.

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-Thank you. Bye-bye.

-Bye.

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Do you know who Matt is?

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-He's one of the coaches at the stadium.

-Yeah.

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And they know that you're mad on ice hockey,

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and they want you to go down and a trial

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with one of their hockey teams.

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-How do you feel?

-Really excited!

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You might finally get to be a hockey player.

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Yay!

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If I do actually play in a team as a net minder, I'll be so happy!

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As Destiny's finding out,

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making it as a skater requires 100% dedication.

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But if you have exceptional talent and are prepared to put in the hours

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of practice on the ice, you might just make it to the top.

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In about a week's time,

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Josh and Ellie have got the British Championships.

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Probably the biggest competition of their season,

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so we just want to make sure they're as ready as they could possibly be,

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to go out there and give it their best.

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We're trying to get the lifts

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and the spins perfect,

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so we get the right scores.

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Even the most experienced skaters like Jellie

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can struggle with their lifts,

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and if this happens at the British Championships,

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it could be a disaster.

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You have a certain amount of time to do your lifts in.

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When Ellie's feet lift off the ground,

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so as soon as her feet go back, you're allowed six seconds.

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If you don't do it in under that time,

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you get marks taken off.

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I have to get into it and then hold my position for three seconds

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and then get out of the lift, so it's quite fast.

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That time, you took ages to grab her on the way back up, didn't you?

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You were, like, "Oh-oh-oh!" for ages.

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We've been trying to get shorter,

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so we have to go out quicker.

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I just hope that I can hold it long enough without falling,

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or sliding off Josh's knees.

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Boom!

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Just that last one, I was like, "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!"

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All right. If you guys just perform,

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there's no reason you can't do really well there, yeah?

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To win a medal at the British Championships,

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these lifts will have to be perfect.

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But time is running out for our golden couple,

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as the competition is only a week away.

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Despite only skating together for a few months,

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Adriano and Ella have also won a place at the British Championships.

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They're younger than Jellie, so will be in the category below.

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It's a much bigger competition

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than they've ever done before and it's really important that

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they're ready and they're prepared the best they can be.

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OK, guys, come in.

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Let's start with the waltz then today.

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We find it quite hard to count and concentrate on all our leg lines

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and our hold at the same time.

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Move when Adriano does.

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Don't pull me.

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Stretch your legs, stretch.

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-Stretch.

-Don't.

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Adriano... Adriano, could you...?

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Yeah, but you're just squeezing my shoulder.

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And it don't work.

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We need to stay focused and don't argue,

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so we don't lose time with skating

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and that could affect our results in the British.

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You know it takes less muscles to just...

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-What are you doing?

-She didn't say anything.

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Yes, she did, because you have to do it in time.

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-She went, "Do it in time."

-Back, go back.

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Not that much.

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It is.

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It's not just keeping in time that's the problem.

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Adriano came back after the summer with one of his parents

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and his other parent has stayed in Italy, in Rome,

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with his two brothers,

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so the family's split now.

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With Adriano and his family missing each other so much,

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they have come to a brutal decision

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which could devastate his partner, Ella.

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If they do badly at the British,

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I think that will cement Adriano's decision to go home,

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which will be heart-breaking for Ella,

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so it's important that they do well.

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So the decision is really hard to decide of staying here with Ella,

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or going back to Rome with my family.

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When you're out there, you're out there by yourselves and that's it,

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and it's down to you whether you want it or not

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and how badly you want it.

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It could be the last time that me and Adriano skate together,

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so we need to put 110% effort in.

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You've got to remember, when you're nervous as well

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and adrenaline's pumping and your heart's pounding fast,

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it makes you want to count quicker, but you've got to be smart

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and you've got to concentrate.

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If the British Championships goes badly,

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probably will go back to Italy.

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For Adriano to get a medal at his first British Championships would be

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unbelievable, but that's what his family need

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to justify the separation.

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Across town, Kloe is doing all she can

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to stay confident for the season ahead.

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Things for me at the moment

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are really good. Kind of busy.

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I moved from a school to college this year.

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It's closer to the rink as well,

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so it's easier for me to go to training

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and I can get a lot more practices, so I sometimes go in my lunch break.

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Last season wasn't as successful as Kloe hoped.

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In her international competition in Luxembourg,

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she fell on both of her routines.

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But she's now determined to get her confidence back

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and is setting herself new targets.

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I just always try my best on practices and...

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practising triples,

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and my goal at the moment is...

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probably to land three to four triples until the end of next year.

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But not every training session can be successful,

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especially when you're trying to learn new moves

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as complicated as triple jumps.

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As an athlete and a skater,

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you definitely have really good days and days when you can't do anything.

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Yeah, there are days when I try triples

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and I stay up on every single one,

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and there are days when I fall.

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Keeping positive is really important for Kloe

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and coach Joy is helping her stay optimistic when things get tough.

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One of the coaches gave me this piece of paper,

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so that I can write down everything that I do

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and then I can read it back every week,

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so I can concentrate on the good things as well,

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because sometimes you only remember the bad things.

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It's called a positivity diary

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and it's a great way to stop a bad training session getting you down.

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Someone else who needs to keep positive

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is Kloe's best friend, Josh.

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I went to a training camp and we had to do loads of fitness testing,

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and one of them involved, like, looking at our heart,

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and they realised that it wasn't quite the same as everyone else's.

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The way it was beating, it didn't sound the same as everyone else's.

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I told Kloe about it, because I just wanted to see what her opinion was

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on it as well, because I tell her everything anyway.

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We tell each other everything.

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Josh rang me and told me that he has something wrong with his heart

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and to hear that, it was such a shock for me,

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and I guess for him as well.

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Any health issue to me that would jeopardise my skating,

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I tend to just ignore it completely,

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because I just don't want to even think about something like that.

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I mean, it would just be the end of the world, really, for me,

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if I had to stop skating because of something that...

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I can't really control.

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Josh's future on the ice hangs in the balance.

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Tomorrow, he's going to hospital, where doctors will carry out tests

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on his heart. But, like Kloe, he's working hard on staying positive.

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-Oh, do you want something to make you feel happy?

-Yeah.

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What about some really nice, fresh pasta?

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-Yeah.

-Right.

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How are you feeling about it?

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Yeah, fine. I'm sure I'll be fine.

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As long as they don't find anything, it'll be fine.

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When you are skating and you're skating really hard,

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do you feel your heart pump harder than you think it should pump?

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It just feels like... Sometimes it, like...

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I feel, like, it's pumping really hard.

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I don't feel, like, it hurts or anything like that.

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-It's good that we're getting it checked.

-Yes. There's no point

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stressing about it, really.

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As long as they don't say that I have to stop skating, then...

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it'll be all right, really.

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You know, it's very worrying,

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because if they turn round tomorrow and say he has a problem,

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he can't do competitive sport any more,

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everything changes tomorrow.

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That might be the end of his skating.

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Today will not only be a big day for Josh, but also for Destiny,

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as she takes the first step towards realising her dream

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as an ice hockey player.

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-What have you got to remember?

-Speed.

-And?

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-Focus.

-And?

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-Practice.

-And what else?

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-Listen.

-OK.

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-Do as you're told.

-I will.

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She'll be having her own tutorial with ice hockey coach Matt.

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I was really excited when my mum told me that Matt had invited me

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down here and it's finally here,

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so I can actually see if I'm any good at ice hockey.

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I'm going to give it my best shot when I get on the ice.

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This is an ideal starting point for

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all hockey players that want to give it a shot.

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What we need to see now is just the basic skills,

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can she skate reasonably well?

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Are you worried?

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The only thing I would be worried about is if I was to go in goal.

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Whacking pucks at my face!

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Don't worry about going on goal today, but the most important thing

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today, go in and enjoy yourself, all right?

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Step on slowly.

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Try and just push the puck in front of you

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and skate with it at the side.

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Just pushing it. That's it, just pushing it. Well done.

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OK.

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So we're simulating passing and receiving the puck, all right?

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So it goes like this. OK, are you ready?

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Pass. Good.

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It's really rare to find girls playing hockey,

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but it's mainly boys who play it.

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OK, we're going to skate across the ice now this time,

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try and pass to each other,

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while we're skating. This is really tricky.

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I want to become a net minder in ice hockey,

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which is just basically a goalkeeper.

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Show me how a goalie holds his stick.

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Does he hold a like this?

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Yeah, show me. Yeah?

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OK. So this is the catcher.

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This is the blocker and this is your goalie stick, all right?

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So this time, we're going to skate up, we're going to skate up here.

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We're going to skate backwards.

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So if you want to give that a go.

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She's got aspirations to play in goal

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and she's got nice forward to backward motion there as a goalie.

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OK. You've got to remember, when you're that goal-tender,

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that hand's got to be up. OK?

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I'm possibly going to get pucks launched at me,

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-but I don't really care.

-OK, you ready?

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You're my goalie now, OK?

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You ready? Down there, near goal. You're going to stop this puck.

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Oh, it went through the legs!

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My mum's been launching socks at me

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as preparation.

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You ready? Good. Good.

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I just want to play ice hockey.

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I don't care whatever team I play for, I just want to play ice hockey.

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-So how do you think that went?

-I think that went really well.

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OK. What did you learn? What was your favourite bit?

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My favourite bit was acting like a goalie!

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Once you pretended to be that goalie

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and then you really did it on the ice, and that was great to see.

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You look like you're tired out.

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-OK, that's good.

-My feet are killing.

-You did really well today.

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Get your glove. Get your gloves, get your helmet. OK.

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-Let's go.

-Lots of equipment to carry.

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If I can even carry it all.

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It was so fun, but tiring!

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And it makes your feet ache.

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It made me think that ice hockey was really, really hard.

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Yeah, but I just still want to do it,

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because I think I might make a pretty good net minder.

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Can we just have sandwiches for tea?

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-Ah, my feet!

-Other foot.

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My feet hurt.

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It'd be great to see her on the ice as a net minder

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and I think that's the way forward with her now.

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It just doesn't happen overnight.

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Hard work and effort and determination,

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and that smile on her face.

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She wants to be a net minder, you can tell.

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To become an ice star, you don't just need encouragement on the ice.

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Sometimes you need it off the ice, too.

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Today, Josh is looking to best friend Kloe for that support.

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I guess if you get told that something is wrong

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with your heart...

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and we skate so much and train so much that we would think that

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we would have to stop.

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Josh thought that this might be the end of his skating

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and that's horrible, and obviously I thought that as well,

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so it wasn't nice.

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Josh is going to the hospital with his parents

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for the investigation into his heart.

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The results of the test will decide if it's safe for this

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British champion to carry on skating.

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I've never been to the hospital before for, like, anything really,

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so it was really nerve-racking for me and I think my parents could tell

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as well. I don't really like things like that, going to the hospital,

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because you want to be as fit as you can all the time.

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So, an elite skater.

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-Yes.

-Wow, fantastic.

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You're having annual checks.

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You had one recently where they detected a heart murmur.

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So that's why you've come to see me today.

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So, let's have a look at you on the couch.

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-How long have you been skating for?

-Eight years.

-Have you?

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It's just a very, very soft murmur.

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I think we should get an ECG done today.

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When I first went to have the ECG,

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I was a bit nervous because I'd never had one done before.

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ECG's absolutely fine.

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For completion, we need to do a scan.

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But when he was like, "Yeah, we need to have some more tests done

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"on you," I was kind of like, "Oh, maybe there is something wrong."

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And you start to get that bit of doubt in your mind.

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We haven't found anything particularly to explain the murmur.

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No, so we haven't found anything structurally wrong with the heart,

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-really.

-Fantastic.

-That's really good news.

-Well, thank you for that.

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-OK.

-Makes us feel a lot better. Feel happy?

-Yeah.

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Is it OK if I continue to skate as I am?

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I can't see a reason not for you to carry on.

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-Thank you very much indeed.

-Thank you.

-Bye now.

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Doctor said that everything's OK, so I'm really happy that I can

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continue training as normal and can, like, go back to training without

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any worries in my mind that it might be something wrong.

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And skating BFF Kloe is clearly pleased to have her training

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partner back again.

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We train together every day and we help each other.

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I just think that's so nice and I love that.

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After the all-clear from the doctor,

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Josh wastes no time getting back on the ice.

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Let's cook!

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After a hard session on the ice,

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Adriano is cooking up a feast with his dad.

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His mum has gone back to Rome to look after his brothers.

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When I came back, I came with my mum.

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And now we exchanged, so now my dad is here.

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But the family do manage to catch up with each other on Skype.

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So now, are we Skyping...?

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While we're cooking.

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-Fine.

-Yes.

-Let's Skype.

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-Hello.

-Hello! How are you?

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-'Are you good?'

-Yeah, I'm good.

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What are you doing, Patricio?

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-'Ice rink.'

-Ice rink, all right. Right.

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DAD SPEAKS ITALIAN

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Hey!

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So, normally, we do it once a week

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and we Skype them and talk about the things that are happening there

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in Rome and here in Nottingham.

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Ciao!

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Then it makes me feel a little sad that I'm not with them.

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Adriano's family have come to a decision.

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If he and Ella win a medal at the British Championships,

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he can stay on in Nottingham

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and follow his dream of becoming an Olympic gold winner,

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but this will mean leaving everyone he loves back home in Italy.

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It's hard to choose skating with Ella or being at home.

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In one way, skates again with Ella and try to win the British - good.

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And the bad way is leaving my family in Italy.

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The British Championship

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is important to finish the job.

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I want to win the British ice dance competition,

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because the splitting of my family was worth it.

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So to justify that sacrifice,

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he and Ella need to take a spot on the podium.

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Do you have a guess where you're going to come?

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Where do you want to come?

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Adriano will say he wants to win it.

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If we maybe, like, competed tomorrow,

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I think we would come, like, second or third, maybe.

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Yeah? To think, if you could podium at your first British Championships,

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-I think that's pretty amazing, don't you?

-Yeah.

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Yeah. Big decisions for Adriano, whether he's going to stay or not.

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Tough decisions, I think, for him.

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What is your gut feeling? He'll stay, do you think he'll go?

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I'm not sure, but at the moment, he seems, like, really happy.

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I'm getting the feeling that he's going to stay,

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but obviously he's split with his family.

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Half his family are in Italy.

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-What if that was you?

-I would hate it.

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Yeah.

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I can't have it in my head that he's going to leave,

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because that would just put me down.

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It's not long before the championships,

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when we'll find out if our ice stars have a future together

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or if they'll be forced to say goodbye.

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Life for our ice stars can be tough, and no-one knows that better

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right now than figure skaters Kloe and Josh.

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I think it was hard for both me and Kloe when we heard that she hadn't

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skated well. When you come from such a difficult situation,

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you've just kind of got to look past it

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and just look at all the positives you can take from the sport.

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It's not just Josh who's been helping Kloe get back on track.

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Coach Joy has been pushing her too.

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I came to the rink today to catch up with Joy on the skating diary that

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she gave me and hopefully she'll like the things that I wrote on it,

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and I feel like it really helped me.

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I've worked with Kloe now four years

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and I've never seen her come back from a competition so devastated.

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She's fresh into the junior category and, you know,

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there's a lot of skaters have been in there many years.

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When she went into Novices,

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she was always in the top three of all the competitions

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and she won Novices.

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We can't expect to go into the next category and suddenly, you know,

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come in the top three.

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What I've asked Kloe to do...

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and it's purely and simply for her

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to write down how she feels after each session.

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In figure skating,

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the mental side of the sport is just as important as the physical,

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if not more important.

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-You OK?

-Yeah.

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Come on then, let's have a look, see what you've done. Mm-hm.

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You have been working hard.

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-Yeah.

-What did you find...

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-which helped you?

-I wrote all the, like, positive things down,

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so it kind of, like, made me more confident, because...

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And did you honestly, as soon as you got off the ice, did you fill it in

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-as you got off?

-Yeah.

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I think what a lot of people, not just yourself,

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tend to do is you sort of, like,

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you know, zoom in on the negative things.

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-Yeah.

-And then you're feeling bad with yourself

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so that nothing positive gets done.

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So this is really, really good.

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Here it was, like, axle, step off,

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and now, in the last week, I did four triples in one practice.

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This is literally for you.

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-Yeah.

-And, you know, if you hadn't have wrote this down,

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you would never have looked back four weeks ago

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and you've already found out that now you're landing the triples.

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You know, I'm really pleased with the work that you've done.

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Make sure that you do it next month as well.

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-Yeah.

-Well done, Kloe.

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Thank you.

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Skating requires a lot of mental, like,

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you need to be really strong mentally.

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And when you have a bad competition like I did,

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it just kind of puts you down,

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so you'll need to have a chat with someone, or do something like this.

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That's why I'm really happy that Joy started this with me.

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To help boost Kloe's confidence, Josh has come up with his own plan.

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As the current British champion, he's been invited to perform

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a routine of his choice at a nearby gala.

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And to show Kloe how special she is, he has a little surprise in store.

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I knew that I wanted to make it special. Not just for me, but

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I needed something to help Kloe and kind of help her feel more confident

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about her skating after, obviously, her not skating her best.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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I knew that I wanted to do something a bit different,

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so we had a bit of a special idea planned for everyone

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and hopefully they were going to enjoy it.

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MUSIC: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

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I started the routine off by myself and, like, midway through,

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I went over to the barrier

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and that's when the spotlight hit on Kloe.

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MUSIC: I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

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I was just sat on the barrier!

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I think, like, when we do galas on our own, it's still fun.

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But we did it together

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and that was the first time we've ever done a gala, like, together.

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That was so much fun!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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It's so much fun to just be, like, on the ice and have fun,

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and not concentrating on landing a jump or not.

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We got to do the routine that we wanted to do, so it was really good.

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That was beautiful,

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and just shows that when you have a friend to help get through the bad

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times, it's so much easier to come out the other side.

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Next time on Ice Stars -

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Ella finds out if Adriano is staying or going home...

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His face was kind of really disappointed,

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so I was a bit worried.

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..the race is on to see if Charlie and Freddie

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are ready to represent their country...

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I could have gone faster.

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..and Asiah sets her sights on performing

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at the British Championships with her new team.

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I need to be better than everyone to make the coaches pick me.

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Figure skater Kloe is fighting to get back on top form after a few disappointing performances, fresh from the British championships Josh returns home to some shattering news but still manages to pull off a stunning surprise performance with best mate Kloe, and ice dancer Ella realises she'll need to work harder than ever to keep the Adriella partnership alive.


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