Documentary series following young ice skaters. All eyes are on speed skater Izzy as she continues to fight for a place on the GB team.
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Previously on Ice Stars...
I'd like to get an Olympic medal.
I mean, I know that's ages and ages away.
I think I'm willing to do whatever it takes.
I've been wanting to do it since I was six,
so I don't want to stop now.
This year I'm feeling quite confident about...
I'm just getting a lot better than what I did last year.
Izzy, you got 10.4, which is really good.
And, Jess, you got 10.3, so that's really, really, really good.
Obviously, for us, the kids,
we were devastated about what happened to her.
She went 40 years too early.
This picture here,
Dad calls it a kissing picture, and we kiss it every night.
'She is the one that
'enjoyed going on the ice, and I don't want that legacy to stop.
'I want them to carry on doing everything.'
Here's Ella! Ella's here. I didn't even recognise it was her
cos I never see her in a skirt! Come here!
How are you?
Good morning, skaters.
This is not a guarantee of getting a partner.
I don't think anything's going to come out of it.
Coming up... Can Izzy stay on track for selection to the GB team?
I'm finding it pretty tough.
Ella and Lauren forget all about finding partners and look at other
ways of following a career on the ice...
So we'll see you in a few years, then.
-..and, for the first time ever,
all skating disciplines are set against each other when they meet
head-to-head for an off-ice challenge.
Ugh! It's lumpy.
Rais, we're hockey players, we don't do baking.
-don't do baking.
-I feel sick.
-Look at that!
So, how do you do a helicopter?
Do it like that on the front.
Circle some wings in it, couple of circles on top.
That's looking at it from the front.
After their mum sadly passed away, Kaira,
Ashlei and their dad tried all sorts of things to keep them feeling
-Kaira, what's your dad doing on the ice?!
Yep, Dad even learnt to skate!
-Not TOO fast.
Now they've come up with a great idea -
to raise money for the air ambulance team that helped their mum.
So I've been thinking about the next charity things we can do and I've
come up with the idea of either a sponsored walk
or a baking challenge.
So what do you think is going to be the best thing?
I think a walking one is good, but a bake challenge would be better.
We might be able to get lots of people involved
and raise lots of money.
But bake sales need bakers.
So they'll have to drum up support from the other ice stars.
-I think we'll put one up here, look.
-Is that straight?
The flyers are all finished and my dad did it on the computer, they
-look really good.
The ice stars never get to compete against each other just for laughs.
THIS looks like a lot of fun.
It DOES look like good fun.
-What are we going to do?
-I have no idea.
Looks like they're going to enjoy this.
All the information's on the leaflet.
What can we make?
I don't know. What are you good at making?
I've never baked, really.
We can do like a skate on top with icing sugar or something.
Definitely. That sounds like a really good idea.
We know our skaters are experts ON the ice,
but when it comes to the kitchen, hmm, what could possibly go wrong?!
Solo ice dancers Lauren and Ella
are amongst some of the hardest-working skaters at the rink.
And this morning, they're on the ice early
for another gruelling practice.
Morning. I just wanted to have a little bit of a catch-up with you
after the partner try-outs.
-How do you think it went?
-Skating-wise it was OK,
but there wasn't, like I expected, there wasn't many boys there.
There was one boy that was really small, so...
I think you did really well to pick yourself up and dust yourself off
like that, and get back out there.
We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed, won't we,
for this upcoming season, and see what happens?
When you're training, sometimes
it's just really nice to forget about partners.
Just getting your mind off that and having a nice time
with one of your friends.
So what have you got planned coming up?
At the weekend, we're going to see a skating show.
-Me and Ella are going out for a day out to go see one.
Lots of skating friends my age that went on into skating shows
and travelled the world...
It's going to be nice just being the two of us.
The girls may not have found their perfect skating partner,
but they're training hard and having fun on the ice together,
which is what it's all about.
Across the rink...
Quite a lot's changed.
At the moment, I'm training twice a week on the ice with Team GB.
Izzy and friend Jess have been training
alongside some of the Olympic speed skaters all season.
My team-mate, Jess, we train together.
She's very strong and we're quite evenly matched,
so it's nice to have that competition
as well as having that friendship.
But a few weeks ago, disaster struck for Jess.
I was in second place and with one and a half laps to go,
the girl behind me decided to go
inside and there was literally no space. So she went straight into me.
Broke my ankle.
The girl got a penalty, so I got the bronze medal
in the 500 metres, still.
Overall, I'm not going to be on the ice for like eight weeks.
Just devastating. It means she's going to be out for a long time.
It's just upsetting for me cos I don't have a training partner but
obviously for her because she's stuck at home.
In a couple of days,
Izzy will be racing an annual competition called Star Class.
If she comes in the top eight,
she'll go through to the European Championships.
Today, she's prepping for the Star Class with her coach, Paul.
Today is all about the quality skating.
What I want is you to have that opportunity to skate properly
and skate well. First, all our pushes need to be longer and slower.
Your pushes were just quicker than everyone else's,
quicker, shorter and having to push harder,
whereas if you get the same amount of force but over a longer period,
you can relax so then it becomes much easier.
-Mm-hm, yeah. Thank you.
Key thing that I'm really looking for is that power in her push.
At the moment, she's got nice... She's smooth,
she's technically good, but the pushes aren't as powerful as I want
them to be. If we can start getting that power down,
then I think she'll come on really well.
Better. More side push, Izzy, on the straight.
Some were better. Some not so much.
Sometimes the stroke pushes weren't very good.
Whenever I did it, I just felt less relaxed.
OK. But realistically when you're skating,
you need to be able to do proper pushes. OK?
Yeah. I'll keep trying.
I'm finding it pretty tough.
What did you do differently on that one?
I tried to keep it moving.
OK. That one looked ten times better.
The pushes were longer and you looked like you were keeping up
easier. I don't know what the overall speed was,
but that one looked much more comfortable, much better skating.
So, my coach said it's looking better, which is good.
So I've just got to keep focusing on it
and making sure that it stays like that.
If Izzy uses what she's learnt today and skates well at the Star Class,
she'll go straight through to the European Championships.
That'll bring her closer to join the GB team full-time.
Then, next step - Olympics.
All over Nottingham,
our ice stars are embarking on a very different kind of competition.
One that doesn't involve skates.
Do you think we can make one?
We could put like a skate on it and we can write "Klosh" on it.
-Kloe and Josh.
-Let's do it.
Come on, Klo-bo, we've got this.
-Let's get the chocolate out.
Two of these.
I've never baked a cake and I don't think Josh has,
but we'll give it our best.
-Is it starting to melt now?
There's not much skill or background behind us,
so I'm hoping it'll be edible - if not we're just going to go on looks.
If our looks are good enough, then they might want to try it anyway.
They might just be like - that cake, that looks good.
It needs to be perfect, come on.
-Klosh aren't the only ice stars in the kitchen.
-Rais, we're hockey players, we don't do baking.
I don't do baking.
Have you made cakes before?
-Did it go well?
That's it, that's it.
5oz of flour.
-Oh, that's perfect.
-The battle for the best bake is on.
(It's really good.)
I really don't see how this is going to fill up all those cupcakes.
Oh, I forgot, I can put some...
No, you don't put sprinkles in the mixture!
-I'm doing it.
-Oh, chocolate chips!
-Ugh! It's lumpy.
-Oh, it's fine.
Add the egg.
-Yeah, I love cracking eggs.
OK, carry on mixing.
I feel sick.
Look at that, Klo!
-Oh, that looks good.
It isn't moist enough, it's too lumpy.
-Aren, it's fine.
You need to fold it in.
Is this what you do when you fold?!
I'll fold, I'll fold!
-It's really good.
Did you put more cocoa in it?
Don't burn your hand.
Right, let's pray.
They don't fit in!
Yeah, they do.
They do. We're going to put it in. I don't care.
-Oh, that's hot.
-Obviously. It's an oven.
The bottom one's closer to the fire.
Just do the top one, just do any one.
The skaters-turned-bakers have done themselves proud.
But will their creations tempt people to part with their cash?
That looks really nice.
Today, solo ice dancers Lauren and Ella are off to the seaside.
Oh, no, that's not funny. Urgh.
In you go.
Push the door, off we go.
Today we're in Brighton and we're going to be watching
-a Holiday On Ice show.
-I haven't been to any shows before,
so I'm really looking forward to watch this one.
Today's going to be a really good opportunity to see if it's what
we want to do for, like, our future career.
It's been really fun being out just with Ella,
and we can just joke and laugh around.
-I'm sitting here!
-No! Go away!
STEEL DRUMS PLAY
That'd be so scary.
# Heaven must have sent you
# No, I don't know where you come from baby...
I really like the costumes.
# Heaven must have sent you
# Heaven must have sent you
# Heaven must have sent you
# Heaven must have sent you. #
Whoa, what an impressive show!
And things are about to get even more exciting, as our ice stars head
backstage to meet some of the professional ice dancers.
-How are you?
-I'm good. I'm Lauren. Nice to meet you.
-Pleased to meet you.
-What did you think of the show?
-It was really, really good.
-You were really good. I really like your costumes.
-Do you guys skate?
-Since I was five.
-So, six years.
-Yeah, I've been skating six years, too.
-And you want to try...
-Show girls, yeah.
So, Lauren, what kind of skating do you do?
I do solo dance, yeah, so obviously I'm looking for a partner, but...
if it doesn't happen,
I still want to know if there are opportunities for it.
My entire life, I trained as a pairs skater with my brother, actually.
And...a few years ago, I got injured,
so we parted ways. I was heartbroken.
I was like, "I don't have a partner.
"This is what I've trained at my entire life.
"NOW what am I supposed to do?"
But now I'm semi-principal soloist on this show, so it's really cool.
-That's really nice.
-If you don't have a partner, just keep
-going, because it's what we need, here, in the show.
So, we'll see you in a few years, then?
-Or next year, or whenever you feel like you want
-Thank you. Thank you.
-Thank you. Good luck in your show.
-Good luck. Enjoy.
-Nice to meet you.
'I really liked watching the show and I think,
'if I worked really hard, I could definitely do it.'
Even on your own, you can do really, really well.
So it hasn't made me feel that bad about not having a partner
because she has done so well just on her own.
'I think it'll be really cool to go in shows
'and travel all over the world,
'with a pair or by yourself.'
If I don't find a partner, then doing shows
would be a really good idea.
It's the day of the big cake sale.
Our ice stars have been making cakes to raise money for the air ambulance
that helped Kaira and Ashlei's mum.
The others seem to be, like, quite chocolatey and ours tends to be...
We've got meringue and a raspberry filling and stuff,
so it's quite different.
It took a long time and it was really hard to make our cake.
Everyone else's cakes look like...
-I don't know.
-They looked really good, yes.
They looked better than ours. Ours looks healthy.
-Ours looks nice.
-I think our cakes look absolutely rubbish
compared to everyone else's.
Our cake looks really good next to all the rest.
I think it's holding its own,
but everybody else has done really good cakes as well.
I'm really pleased that everybody's done an effort
to raise money for this charity
and that they've all wanted to take part.
I'm hoping they raise as much money as they can.
Skaters and coaches from all over the Ice Centre
are excited to taste our ice stars' creations
and donate as much as possible.
These cakes are amazing.
Did you make any, Kaira?
-Which one did you make?
Give me the money.
The cash is pouring in and the cakes are disappearing.
Thank you very much.
I'm going for chocolate. I'll have some of this as well.
The charity we're raising money for is very important to us,
because it's in memory of our mum.
People are coming in and buying cakes, and...
It was really nice to make cakes, especially with Josh,
because we've never really done anything like this together
and also it's really good cos it was for a good cause.
The real winners are definitely the cake-lovers.
Everyone made amazing cakes.
They honestly all taste amazing.
I think that is the start and the end of our baking careers as we made
cupcakes, and we couldn't even do that.
They were just bad, so I don't think we'll be doing baking again at all.
-What if we have our own spin-off show?
No. We won't be doing baking again.
It was really nice to see that we're raising, like, money for charity.
It's been really impressive today, where all the different people,
from ice hockey to figure skating, to synchronised skating,
they've all come together, they've all helped out.
It's amazing that a lot of people have put so much effort in
and spent their time making their cakes.
Right, OK, girls.
I feel surprised.
You're not supposed to wipe it off!
So, it's the morning of the Star Class.
I'm feeling really nervous,
but definitely can't wait to get out there.
Half of Europe will come together and compete against each other.
It's a massive one for me,
in terms of qualifying for the European finals.
If I qualify for this European final,
it will lead to bigger competitions
and hopefully, one day, the Olympics.
Izzy is the youngest person training with the GB team but,
if she's to become a full-time member,
she needs to show coach Paul what she's like under pressure.
This is a big competition, but it's something that Isabelle needs
to get used to if she wants to get the Olympic medal.
I just like to make sure that I have a good start,
it's not just about results.
I've got to make sure that I'm skating well, and confidently.
I've got to make sure that I'm using my tactics well -
and try not to fall over!
Coach Mandy has competed in the Olympics herself.
She's been training Izzy since she was six years old,
hoping that, one day, she'll follow in her footsteps.
Today's racing is really important for Isabelle
cos she's fighting for a full-time place on the squad.
So, Paul, the GB coach,
will be watching, as well as myself, so she needs to have the grit
and determination to make sure she gets a good result.
Just let your skates work. Let your skates do the work, yeah?
-So you know what you're doing.
This competition's really tough.
We're talking about the best people in Western Europe.
From countries like Holland, from France, from Germany.
So, she's really up against the best that Europe's got here.
Izzy's got a 1,500 metres,
so that the longest distance that she has to do.
What we're looking for from Isabelle, today,
is really taking advantage of those tactics and starting to get some
With the 1,500 metres, obviously, tactics are really important.
So when that gun goes, even though you do have 13 and a half laps,
you've got to be in the right place straightaway.
Qualifications were top three.
So, I was trying to make sure
that I was within that top three the whole time.
'In the middle of the race, I was in the right position.
'I was sitting in second, which is quite a good position to be in.'
You're not out in the front getting tired,
but you're not right at the back getting stuck.
'Tactically, it was all going well.'
Start to move up!
'Mandy was shouting at me and I was trying to keep going
-'as much as I could.'
-'I could feel my legs burning up.'
Towards the end of the race, I could feel someone coming behind me and,
obviously, cos I was in third position,
I knew it was going to be tight.
Go, go, go! Let's go!
'I was on the last lap
'and a girl from Holland overtook me at the inside.'
Come on, Isabelle!
-All the way!
-'When she overtook me,
'I tried to hold on, but my legs were just completely burnt out.'
I got fourth in that, which is obviously devastating
cos that's 13 laps that you've done where you've been in the right
position and then to be pipped on that last lap...
I think the race was a lot better than I've previously raced.
Sort of, those last two laps,
I started getting tired and a girl came up my inside on the last lap,
and then she managed to qualify and I didn't,
which is quite frustrating, obviously.
Staying in that top three was really important.
I kind of knew that I didn't qualify then.
You raced, tactically, much better.
You moved when you needed to move, you were up near the front,
someone made a move, you moved back up.
-They were going round the outside.
The girl moved wide, you took advantage and went up the inside.
She tried to get past, you blocked her. It was just,
unfortunately, the last lap but, other than that,
it was much, much better.
Although she hasn't qualified to go to the European finals,
Izzy has one race left to skate, and she's not giving up yet.
It is quite a tough race, but I think,
if I just keep doing the tactics that have been,
hopefully it should all go OK.
'I was excited to, sort of,
'prove myself again and to get it all right this time.
'With the final, I wanted to make sure that I was out of trouble.
'I had quite a hard start, managed to get into third.
There was a lot of pushing going on and,
when there's a lot of pushing going on, there's likely to be falls
at some point so I just made sure to, sort of,
kind of, sneak my way up the inside to the front
and get out of that trouble.
'Normally, I wouldn't go to the front,
'you're tiring yourself out but,
'because I was so determined to not get into any trouble or fall over,
'and I knew that all the good skaters were behind me,
'so I was kind of waiting for them to move around or pick up the pace.'
Then I hear everyone falling over,
and I look around and it's all of the fast skaters.
And then, at that point, I was just like, "Right, I need to go now."
'But if I'd been, sort of, in third place,
'I would have been in that fall.
'So, it was nice to be out in front and out of trouble.'
The bell went for the last lap and I could hear a Dutch skater coming up
behind me, and I was like, "No, this can't happen again!
"I don't want to be overtaken again on the last lap!"
'This time, I managed to hold on.'
I managed to win. It was really tight, because the girl was, like,
closing the gap on me but, yeah, I just managed to pip her at the line.
My tactics, in that race, were to stay in the front and,
every time someone overtakes,
to just make sure to overtake them back into second.
Yay! Excellent! Yeah, well done.
-Tactics were so different this time - why?
Yeah, it feels different. I don't know.
I just feel a bit more confident, I think.
I was really pleased with Izzy.
She had a tough first race,
and she didn't quite make it through on that.
Her next race, she really nailed, and she did it convincingly,
and that's one of the key things
that I'm looking for when we're working towards
who we want to bring into our GB team.
The ultimate goal, at the end of the day,
is to participate in the Olympic Games.
And if Paul is still impressed,
hopefully I might have a shot at taking part in that.
Well done, Izzy!
It looks like you're still in with a chance
of joining the GB team full-time.
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Ice hockey player Liam takes on his biggest challenge yet.
Hard, Liam! Hard, Liam!
-There's drama for Amy and the Icicles
ahead of their big competition.
I was so scared.
I couldn't breathe properly.
And when Kloe and Becky head to the British Championships...
Go on, Becky. Go.
..guess who's back?
All eyes are on speed skater Izzy as she continues to fight for a place on the GB team. Ella and Lauren forget about finding dance partners as they head to an ice show in Brighton to brush shoulders with the stars and see if there is another way for them to follow a skating career. And for the first time ever all our ice stars are set against each other when they meet head to head in a baking challenge.