Taking on the World Ice Stars


Taking on the World

Documentary series following young ice skaters. Josh is in Hungary representing Great Britain in his first ever world championships.


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Previously...

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I've been took round a ballet school in London.

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-They look really cool.

-What happens if he goes?

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-I stop skating.

-What, so you stop everything?

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Yeah.

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Tell me, then.

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I have decided to do another year of skating.

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-Really?

-Oh, costumes.

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Yeah, don't forget that.

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Because I managed to win the British,

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I've been able to qualify for junior world.

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I think it's a bit too big.

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We have like a week. I'm going to go without my parents.

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It's just going to me and Gurgen that go.

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-Coming up...

-I am with you, everybody with you.

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-You know?

-Josh flies the flag for Great Britain...

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Oh, he put his hand down.

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..as he fights to qualify in Hungary.

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I don't know if that's going to cost me.

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Jellie have to decide once and for all if they want a future together.

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It needs to be all or nothing.

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I've been having second thoughts about it.

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And there's a surprise in store for Kloe.

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I'm so happy.

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We hope you've enjoyed your flight with us.

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We wish you a pleasant stay in Hungary. Thank you and goodbye.

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1,000 miles from home and fresh from winning the British Championships,

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Josh arrives in Hungary for his first-ever Junior World Championship.

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The hotel is so much better than what we are used to.

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I can't wait to spend the week here.

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It's like the official hotel for the competitors and it's just amazing.

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So this is our welcome bag.

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We got a mug and we got chocolate and stuff as well.

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Josh is the only skater chosen for Great Britain in his category.

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And now he's up against the best in the world.

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We're not going there to win

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because there's going to be skaters of world class,

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like doing jumps and stuff which I'm not doing quite yet.

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There are two rounds and Josh will need to do really well

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in the first to even qualify for the second.

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Obviously, everyone wants to qualify.

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With 40 of us starting and only 24 making it through,

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there's going to have to be some of us that don't.

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I don't think anyone wants to go home after the first programme

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but to be here and represent my country is just kind of amazing.

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You understand what is your target for tomorrow?

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-Yes.

-You have to do exactly what you did last time in the competition.

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The same we need now. We know you're capable of much more

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and we can show what you can do now. OK?

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-Good luck for us.

-Yeah.

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Many people now support us.

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-Yeah.

-You know, Kloe, Charlie, Becky.

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-Becky.

-And all Academy.

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I'm very excited and I'm very happy because we are finally here.

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More than 50 countries in this competition,

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most of guys have much more experience than Josh.

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Here will be many, many television from the world, many cameras,

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many judges, coaches,

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many sports specialists.

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I will see in different atmosphere

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how he can concentrate and prepare for the Olympic Games.

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The ice is such a slippery and strange thing that you never know

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what's going to happen!

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Back in Nottingham...

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Christmas is just around the corner.

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And that can only mean one thing.

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It's time for the annual gala.

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All around the rink, skaters from every discipline are competing

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for the top roles.

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Everyone wants the best number

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and everyone wants music that they like.

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We're skating together, so we're going to look the best, basically!

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It's the first time I've ever had a solo in the gala.

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Last time, we...

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We had to wear pink tutus.

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This gala, this show...

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After last year's success,

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the coaches are feeling the pressure to put on another amazing show.

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You do spin.

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Look, look, look.

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This year's gala will be all about ice,

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frozen things and we'll call it the Frozen Kingdom.

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So basically it will have an evil king of ice

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will freeze everything and we'll have a good ice fairy,

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who will melt everything down.

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But we need to do music, costumes, making up the story.

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So it's a huge pressure for all of us.

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It is cold!

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Two skaters taking a starring role in the gala

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are ice prince and princess Josh and Ellie.

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Well, yeah, but... I'm miles away from you.

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We're meant to go far to push out.

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But this gala could be Jellie's last.

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We have to make the decision whether we want to quit skating

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or whether we want to go up to Junior and carry on skating.

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Because it's a bigger commitment than it is at the minute.

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Do like a landing so that we can get it round the corner.

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This is a spiral.

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Yes, but you can still push, can't you?

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They both understand the need to move up to Junior

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but it's everything that comes along with that.

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Josh recently chose to continue doing both skating and ballet.

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While to be closer for training,

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Ellie is separated from her parents for part of the week.

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I do seven days a week skating now

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but not as many hours as you would have to do in Junior.

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I need you guys to start having a serious think

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about what you're going to do next year.

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The amount of hours is a lot more than what you are doing right now.

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I did it myself and you do miss a lot, you miss parties,

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you miss going out with friends.

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I don't know what I want to do.

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-OK.

-Does that mean we would have to be coming in during school

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or after and before?

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Outside of school would be enough if you didn't have the

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ballet commitments.

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I'm going to need the same commitment from you in terms

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of what you're willing to give up as well.

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It needs to be very much an all or nothing.

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I really need you to have a serious think about what you want

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from skating. OK?

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-Yeah.

-I'll have to make a sacrifice.

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That means I'll have to spend more time away from my mum and dad.

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It's a really tricky decision and I'm not sure.

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It's competition day back at the Junior Worlds in Hungary.

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Nearly 40 nations are battling it out.

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Josh is skating his first routine and if he can finish in the top 24,

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he'll qualify to skate his free programme in the final.

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We watch the big competitions back home

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and you see all the flags and the massive TV screens and the massive

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cameras on cranes and stuff and then you come here and it's like

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actually that's what happens.

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One side is the judges and knowing that you're going to be

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on that screen when you're skating is just kind of crazy.

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And with top skaters from countries like America,

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Japan and Russia taking part,

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even getting close to the top 24 will be tough.

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95% of skaters are much older or have been skating

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a long time in this category.

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I know this is World Championship.

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Don't think anything.

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It's your championship, just skate your programme, that's all.

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It's like a battle of who skated their best

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and if I didn't get a good score

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then I wasn't really going to be in with a shot.

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Back at home, Josh's parents and Kloe are all watching on nervously.

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He's just got to get through the first couple of jumps, hasn't he?

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You're up against all the best people in the world,

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so it's pressure.

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Speed control, OK?

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Man, I am with you, everybody with you, you know? Come on.

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Please, just skate like you can.

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When they announce your name

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and you're kind of like, oh, my goodness,

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it's actually the time that I've got to do this.

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Everyone's clapping and stuff but you can't really hear it.

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You're just so lost in the moment.

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The first element was the triple combination.

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So I was kind of just like, just do it as best you can,

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you can do it all the time.

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Oh, he put his hand down.

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I was like, oh, no, because he had to put another jump on it.

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He could lose so many points if he didn't.

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Oh, at least he didn't fall.

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I didn't fall. I got the combination on the end.

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I was like, oh, my goodness, thank you!

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Oh, bury it, bury it!

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Ooh!

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Oh, that's good.

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I felt like, I've come all this way,

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I don't want to let the experience get away from me.

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Oh, good boy!

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I was kind of just like, taking it all in, like,

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you've done yourself proud, Josh.

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Hey, man. Very good.

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Very good, very good.

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The only thing that was going through my head was the fact

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I'd put the hand on, I don't know if that's going to cost me.

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-Come on, Josh.

-Come on, Joshy.

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INDISTINCT PA

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Wow! Josh has scored a new personal best.

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Yes!

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Yes!

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Yes!

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-Right.

-Oh, my goodness.

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When his scores came out, I was like, hmm, maybe he can qualify.

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Space was really good.

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Your performance was really good. I'm very, very happy with you.

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It went amazing. I'm in third at the moment,

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so it's kind of just that nervous wait of seeing if I make the top 24

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and hopefully I will.

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It's dependent on how other skaters were skating today.

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There are 32 skaters still to go.

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And with many doing higher-scoring jumps than Josh,

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he could easily be knocked out of the top 24.

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I was kind of just like waiting,

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like so nervous for the scores to come up.

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He slips down the leaderboard and is pushed out of the top eight.

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The groups get better as you go on.

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I didn't want to watch the group because I didn't want to see

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what anyone else was doing.

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Could that hand down have cost him the chance to skate in the final?

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If there's a letter Q by Josh's name, he's through.

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I've got a Q next to my name,

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which means I've qualified for the free programme, yay.

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So it means I have made it through to next round, which is great.

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Man, you did it. We did it.

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Congratulations. Very good, man.

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-Really good.

-Josh has placed 23rd and he can't wait to share the news.

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Hey, Kloe.

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-Did you see that I qualified?

-Did you?

-Yeah, I qualified.

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I'm so proud of you.

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Oh, thanks, darling, I wish you could be here right now.

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To skate like that on his first Junior Worlds

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was just so impressive.

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I literally, I was just so happy for him. Good luck!

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Thanks, Kloe bear, see you.

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Mwah.

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You dream of coming here when you're little.

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I never thought I'd be able to skate that good on my first round in front

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of the whole world.

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Back at the rink...

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..coaches Tamara and Erana are

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aiming for the biggest and best gala ever.

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Double, double.

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-This.

-And that means tougher routines for everyone.

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And then you do that, that, that, that.

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Only one turn. One turn.

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With Erana, she likes to do everything, like, really quickly.

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Bum, bum.

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Up, down.

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Everyone's realising that it is soon.

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And we just look really bad!

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We keep forgetting the steps that she's just put in.

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Yeah, Josh, you stand here, please.

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I couldn't really remember the steps from before!

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Oh, there is so much work to do

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and I'm really stressing out.

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We have 20 routines

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and they all need to look significantly different.

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And it's not just the figure and ice dancers struggling.

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Hockey brothers Rais and Aren have to remember their parts too.

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Yeah, everybody moves. In the disco, no?

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I don't have a clue what I'm doing. This is hard.

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This is so hard. I don't know what I'm doing!

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This is crazy.

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All I need to remember is who to pass the puck to in hockey.

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I don't get this at all. I'm just skating round.

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Figure skaters, this is their main job.

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-Doing choreography.

-Oh, sorry!

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Hockey players think different and completely they're

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on the other side.

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Last from right side. Yes, you need standing...

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All right, let's try one more time.

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What?

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Like dancing is just not my thing.

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Especially not on ice.

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Oh, dear. It's lucky Kloe's a bit more excited about her solo.

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It's just so different to competitions.

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I just love galas.

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Oh, Kloe. Today we will do a gala number.

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I don't know but today we will try. I have a little idea.

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This now only scarf what I have in dressing room,

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but I think this will be nice same colour material, yes,

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and you will starting with...

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I only try.

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Yes? Yes, you do down, down, yes.

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And you will... Music, music, music.

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You will grow a little with your arms,

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then maybe one more you go down, up.

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Down, up, down, up.

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-And then we will move.

-This is the first time ever that I'm using

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-a prop so I'm really excited.

-Up, up, up, up.

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Arms. And little bit turn.

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Down, down, up, down.

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I just hope, like, on the day I don't step in it or, like, drop it,

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that would be really embarrassing.

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Today very good job.

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After a tough day of gala practice,

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Josh and Ellie are meeting up for their make or break talk.

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We have to make a decision about whether we want to move up

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to Junior or not. And it's going to be a big step.

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We'll have to train 20 hours a week.

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Me and Ellie have been doing

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a lot of competitions together and a lot of training together.

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This is quite a big decision.

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I've made my decision and hopefully Ellie's made hers.

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I've been having second thoughts about it

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because I won't see my mum and dad as much as I normally would.

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I was thinking about Ellie but then I had to think about

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what I'd like best as well.

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I know what I want to do but he's going to be here in a little bit so

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we'll talk about it then.

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If either of them decide the extra hours of ice dancing are too much,

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then their partnership will be over.

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Now Josh's made his mind up, he can't wait to let Ellie know.

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Hi.

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I've made a decision which'd mean we have to do 20 hours a week training.

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Is that something that you'd want to do?

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Come on, Ellie, is it ice dance or quit?

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I have decided to do dance.

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That's good. That'd mean we'd be moving up to Junior,

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which is quite scary but exciting.

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-So we're definitely doing it, then, yeah?

-Yeah.

-OK.

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-Nice slippers.

-Thank you!

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Why have you got them on?

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Because it's cold!

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Phew! Guys, you had me worried for a second there.

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Kloe's really excited about her solo performance at the gala because

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someone very special is coming to watch her skate.

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My sister's coming from Hungary to see the gala.

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She's never seen a gala before so it's...

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I'm so happy. We've been texting this morning as well.

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She was at the airport. Making it even more exciting.

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But what Kloe doesn't know is it's not just her sister.

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Her grandparents have come all the way from Hungary, too.

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They've travelled especially to watch her in the gala.

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I used to see them, like, every weekend or more than once a week,

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and now that I live here in England and they still live in Hungary,

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I don't see them, like, at all pretty much.

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I couldn't believe it. At first, I was like,

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I didn't really understand what was going on.

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It's just the best thing when they surprise me with things like this.

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I feel like I have such a good family. I'm so happy.

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SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE

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I was just saying how pretty the crystals are, how they're, like,

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different colours.

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They've not seen me live for a long time.

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It's like a big difference what I did at the age of 12

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and what I do now.

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Now it's even more exciting for me to skate the gala.

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THEY CONVERSE IN OWN LANGUAGE

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Kloe's not the only one with a surprise visit.

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In Hungary, Josh has made the final of his first-ever Junior World

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Championships.

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But while he is resting up, coach Gurgen's waiting outside.

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I think he will be very happy and it will be very, very surprise for him.

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-Big surprise.

-But who could it be?

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-Welcome to Hungary, man.

-Thank you. Good.

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It's Josh's parents!

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-All right.

-Hello.

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I don't think I've ever jumped on a plane within 24 hours before,

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so it's quite exciting.

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Knowing Josh, he'll either be shocked or he'll be annoyed

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because we're going to get in his way.

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Before leaving for the competition,

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Josh told his parents he wanted to go alone.

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I want to just be able to concentrate on myself and do my job

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so it's just going to be me and Gurgen that go.

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So having just woken up, will he share their same enthusiasm?

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I suddenly got a call from Gurgen.

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I came downstairs, like, half asleep.

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Drink some coffee.

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Hello!

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I went in and my mum and dad were sat there.

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Hello. How are you?

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I was like half asleep and I was kind of like, what's happening?

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Hello. How are you?

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I was just so, so shocked.

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You look very weary. You were asleep?

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Hmm. Josh isn't looking too happy.

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I'm really sorry but I have just woke up.

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I didn't think you were going to be here.

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That wasn't the best of times to arrive and we're just really

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pleased to be here, aren't we?

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You wake them up from sleep and they're like a grumpy bear after hibernation.

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So he'll be fine.

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With Josh's final skate looming, back at the rink,

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Kloe's training early so she'll be free to watch his performance live online.

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It's pretty much like if I was skating, that's how I feel.

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It's such an amazing achievement already that he's got to this part of the competition.

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We are all going to watch Josh do his free skate.

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We're just like fingers crossed that he can do so well in the free as well.

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After his awesome skate just two days ago,

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Josh and Gurgen arrive at the arena with a different game plan for his final skate.

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I'm just happy that I've qualified and I've got to this point

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so just being able to skate my free is great.

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To raise his game,

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Josh is hoping to land no less than six triples and two double axles.

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I have six triples and two double axles,

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so it's a bit of a challenge

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but it's worth it because you can get more points.

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I feel so helpless.

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I want him to do so well and when he's on that ice,

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I can't help him at all.

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You don't need anything special now.

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Go and fighting for your free...

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It's difficult.

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I think he's just forgot everything now and the competition is starting from beginning.

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And we have to fighting for all.

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Quick, he's about to skate.

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Kloe's got the coaches and skaters together to cheer him on.

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Enjoy it. Everybody's there.

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-OK? With us.

-Oh, here he is.

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Come on, Josh.

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Everyone back home is going to be watching more closely now.

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It makes you want to show everyone what you can do.

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Go in fighting till end.

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All right? Come on, Josh. I'm with you, man.

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Josh is currently lying in 23rd place.

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The first like minute or two minutes was really good, like,

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it was kind of like exactly how we planned.

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It's kind of like attack, attack, attack.

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I was kind of going into the next jump and as I took off, like,

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I kind of didn't catch it right.

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Oh!

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For that to have gone wrong, for me was kind of like a bit of a shock.

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As soon as one element goes wrong, you kind of lose that

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fearlessness.

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-Come on, Josh.

-Come on. Come on.

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-Oh!

-Come on, Josh.

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The hardest programmes are the ones

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where you've got to keep getting back up from the fall.

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You can't just get off midway through.

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Good, go on.

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As tough as it was to push through,

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that's kind of what we're trained to do, though.

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Come on, Josh.

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-Come on.

-You can do it.

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He kept going, you know, guys, you need to do that.

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Every time, first fall, second fall, he kept going.

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I'm proud of him for just going out there.

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Josh's three falls means he has scored a disappointing 99 points.

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But he has still retained his 23rd place.

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As hard as it is in the moment, it's so good to have someone like Gurgen.

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He just understands what you're going through.

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Josh, I'm honest with you. I'm not upset.

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Absolutely. I'm really happy be in final.

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Don't worry. I am with you.

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Anybody will say, I save you, I'm around you like your body.

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-Understand?

-Even though it wasn't his best skate,

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to be in the top 24 in the world of his age is so amazing.

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I've just loved every second of being here at Junior Worlds.

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Normally people take years to qualify for the finals

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and to be able to do it my first time, and just being able to put

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myself out on the world stage, it's really important that we showed

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that I am here and I'm one to look out for for the future.

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I'm very proud of Josh. This competition showed for him

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he understands he's good skater and he can be in the top, very,

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very top in the world.

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Everybody will know who is Josh.

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As this year's winner is crowned champion,

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Josh heads home knowing he's one step closer to his dream.

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The whole experience was just incredible.

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My future goal is obviously going to the Olympics.

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It kind of put into perspective that I can make it and I have the ability

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but it's kind of just about getting those harder jumps

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and laying it down on the day when you need to.

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Next time on Ice Stars...

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Some shattering news breaks at the rink.

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Word does spread fast in this place.

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I'm not sure what happened.

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I'm so sad for them.

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But the show must go on because it's gala day...

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Josh is in Hungary representing Great Britain in his first ever world championships - he's up against 40 skaters from more than 30 different countries and has to beat half of them to even qualify to skate in the second round. Back home, Jellie have a big decision to make as it is time to decide once and for all if they want a skating future together. Kloe was disappointed not to be able to go with Josh to Hungary, but she has some surprise visitors who really cheer her up.


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