Documentary series following young ice skaters. Newly formed duo Josh and Lucy just can't find the chemistry they need to make it as a winning formula.
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You might finally get to be a hockey player.
If I do actually play in a team as a net minder, I'll be so happy.
Don't cut the edges so tight.
-When me and Lucy first got together, we got on quite well,
but then we started arguing quite a lot.
So the British championships are coming up really soon.
We want to be British champions, don't we?
At the British, if nothing's improved,
then we're not sure whether we're going to carry on
skating together or not.
Their future may be in doubt, but Jucy are determined that this
won't hold them back at the British Ice Dance Championships.
It's time for Destiny to see if she's tough enough to follow through
with her ice hockey dreams.
-It feels completely new, and I'm struggling.
And, elite figure skater Josh takes on a very different
kind of challenge.
Slow down, slow down. When I say slow down, you need to slow down.
-It has to gradually slow down.
-No, if you press the brake hard, it'll slow down.
Come on, big, big, big.
Making it as an ice star is hard work.
There's the early morning starts...
..intense training sessions...
One...and relax. Well done, girls, excellent.
..the pressure of performing to a crowd,
and a generous sprinkling of magic.
It's something Destiny is just discovering.
She's mad about ice hockey,
and dreams of one day playing for the women's ice hockey team,
the Nottingham Vipers.
Hey! No cheats!
Come on, Vipers!
I've always wanted to play for women's hockey team.
Most people think ice hockey is mainly for boys, but really,
anyone can play it.
Woo! Go Vipers!
It's fast-paced and competitive.
You have to be kind of a crazy and brave person
to go out and become a hockey player.
Come on, come on, come on! Yeah!
Five, four, three,
Yes, we won!
I am so happy!
One person who knows all about ice hockey is star player Jess.
Last season, Jess broke her ankle during a speed skating competition.
Since then, she's been dedicating a lot of her time to ice hockey.
Destiny's keen to join a team as soon as possible.
So she's hoping for some advice.
For our league you have to be, like, 16 and over,
so I started playing with the boys since I was a kid,
since I was about eight, nine.
It really helped me to develop my skills,
and it's helped me to play for the Vipers now.
So would you think that would be a good route for you to go?
I'm going to try and start with the boys and then work up.
I think when it comes to hockey,
I think you kind of have to work quite hard.
I think she wants to learn, and that's the key thing with kids.
If they want to learn, they will develop so much quicker
and I think she has the attitude to it,
to be an ice hockey player, so I think she will go far in the sport.
There's no doubt Destiny's ice hockey dream is real enough,
but the reality will be tougher than she could ever imagine.
As she's about to find out.
Ice dancers Josh and Lucy have been a skating partnership
since the start of the season.
They've been busy training for the British championships,
but although they skate well together,
Josh hasn't felt sure about continuing as a dance couple.
I can never really tell if it's because of the partnership
or because he just doesn't enjoy it any more.
The fact that that might all go away is, like, quite upsetting really.
Just ahead of the championships,
Josh has decided that, once that's over, so too is the partnership.
I think the reason me and Lucy don't get on together
is because we're so similar in personalities.
This is one of our last training sessions before the British,
but also one of the last ones that I'll be training with Josh.
Kind of argue a bit too much.
Hang on, look what we're tracing.
What? You can't just stop!
You seem really hyper today, like normally you're so tired.
-No, I am tired.
-You said stop.
Yeah, but you carried on one step, so I thought you were carrying on.
That's part of the order though, isn't it?
I am quite upset that the partnership isn't going to work out
and I think Lucy is really upset about it
because she wants to make the partnership work as well.
I don't trust that Josh.
Shoulder down. Lift the chin,
I want a big gap between your chin and your shoulder.
I am really upset that it's coming to an end.
Because we've put in so much hard work and effort
in the training this season
and I really enjoyed skating with Josh.
Through the middle section after the step wide,
you're both looking in different directions,
I'm stood in a similar place to where the judges will be, yeah?
Acknowledge me, you know, I want to make eye contact with you,
I want to see your face.
All right? Looking over in this direction both of you,
heads up, smiling.
Even though this will be Jucy's last performance together,
they've agreed to step up to the challenge of the British championships
and do everything they can to get a podium spot.
Me and Lucy both know that we are going to be splitting
after the British,
but we're still going to go into the British and try our best
and try to win so that we can both finish the season on a high.
We are still going to go for it.
We're still going to try our hardest and show everyone
that we're still improving, even if it is coming to an end.
You guys have come to a decision already about what's happening
after the British.
Putting all of that aside, I just really want you to focus this week
and just do the best you can do.
You stand a really good chance of doing well. That's the goal.
Figure skater Josh is a champion skater.
But he's about to start learning a totally new set of skills.
-Is that your car?
-Yeah, I picked it up today.
Why didn't you tell me?
Let me see.
-Do you like the colour?
-Yeah, I love colour.
-I think the white looks best, but it's going to be hard to keep clean.
-Yeah, I was going to say!
This year I've just turned 17,
which means I can finally start learning to drive,
which is really exciting because it's kind of like
that first kind of freedom and independence you get.
Being able to drive yourself around, get to training and stuff.
How are your lessons going?
I just have to concentrate so hard for, like, the whole hour.
-How many lessons have you had?
-It's just scary.
So far, I've only had two, so I'm just hoping that
I don't muck anything up on the test otherwise I have to take it again.
-If I pass, I can give you lifts.
-I can't wait.
-If you pay me. It's like a taxi.
-This isn't for free.
-Yeah, I know.
-Like, where are we going to go?
We're going to go to auditions together.
We need to have our road trips mapped out.
All right. Well, we're going to London, definitely.
-At some point.
This is going to be the impression of us when I passed my test.
-Are you ready?
-I need loads of seat belts.
Josh said that he wasn't nervous about driving,
but he is. Like, come on.
Why wouldn't he be nervous?
He needs to pass soon because I told him to.
Destiny has always dreamed of becoming an ice hockey goalie.
Also known as a net minder.
Hopefully I don't fall over!
But before she gets the chance to stand in goal,
coach Matt needs to see her skate alongside the team.
I'm really, really excited.
I'm really excited and nervous.
-There you go.
-Now you're good to go.
Over the past year, her skating skills have improved massively,
but she still has one disadvantage.
They all look a bit tall.
When I first went into my hockey lesson, I felt kind of alone
because there wasn't many shorter people,
and I was the only girl
and I was a bit worried about getting knocked over
by one of the taller lads.
Towering team-mates are not the only problem.
Try them on and make sure they're OK.
-They are way too big.
-A little bit too big. OK, so...
-Put that one on this one.
OK, we will get you a stick.
Before she can try out in goal,
the coaches need to see if Destiny has the right kind of attitude
to make it as a net minder.
Jump on nice and steady. On you go!
That's all right.
Nobody saw you, you're fine.
She's started to get a bit more nervous
in case the rest of them in the group are better than her,
but I suppose we've all got to start somewhere -
start at the bottom and work our way up.
OK, what you got to think about now is there's more players on the ice,
so make sure you keep your head up,
because you nearly got run over by one player. All right?
Keep your balance, keep yourself on the end of the line so you don't get
run over, but that was really good.
Eh-up! What are you doing?
It's a boomerang!
Oh, she's gone for a turn, and you stayed up!
Still smiling. Still smiling.
After a shaky start, Destiny is starting to find her feet,
as well as her confidence.
-I take the doubt and turn it into a strength,
it gives me a boost, thinking I can actually do it.
Nice. What I want to see you do now is,
I want to see you really push it in.
A lot faster. I want to see a bit more aggressive skating.
All right? Go as fast as you can, OK?
That's better, look at that!
that's totally different, a bit more aggression, that's good.
That's better, you know, that's good, push hard.
Go, go, go, go, go. Nice.
Well, that was a lot better.
You looked like a hockey player then.
As you want to be goalie, I want to see a bit of backwards all right?
OK, off you go, let's have a look.
Turn around backwards again, Destiny.
Yeah, that's great.
I really am pleased, how well you've improved,
you can see the hard work you've put in with your lessons.
Maybe we can fast track you through because we are keen to get goalies,
especially girl goalies, we're really keen to get involved.
Let's see you work hard, improve your skills,
and we'll look forward to getting you through
maybe to the club if we can.
That's great news for Destiny,
and Matt's eager to see how she copes when she's kitted up.
I'm keen to get some goalie pads on her,
because I know that's her big target,
and I think she's got that bit between her teeth,
and I really want to see her progress.
A full goalie kit can weigh around 20lbs,
so Destiny may have passed this stage of her test,
but the hardest challenge is yet to come.
-How was it then?
-It was really fun.
-Yeah, I fell over.
Going to get your kit off, yeah?
-I fell over.
Away from the rink, Josh's road trip plans with Kloe
will come to a standstill, unless he can pass his driving test.
So today, he's getting some extra tuition.
Morning, matey. Ready for some driving today?
We just need to practise the pulling off, cos I hate when you're waiting
at a junction, or whatever, I really don't like that.
Think of it like learning a new skating element,
it's just a technique.
So far, I've only had a few lessons,
so I'm still a little bit at the beginning.
Josh is hoping that by swapping his turns, twizzles and axels
for mirrors, signals and manoeuvres, he'll become more independent.
He's already bought his own set of wheels to practise in.
Did you look left to see what's coming down the road?
Learning how to operate and drive a car is slightly different to
learning how to jump and spin on the ice.
But definitely going to take the same mentality
that I take into skating into my driving lessons.
Into second gear, please.
-Let's go, go, go.
You should have moved into second gear quicker, though.
But I don't like turning and changing gear, that's so scary.
You need to get used to that.
Brake, brake, brake. Man in the middle of the road.
OK, another van parked now, so have a good look before you go around.
Right, drive round. That's it.
I know you swing out to look, but don't swing out too far, yeah?
-This is like an obstacle course.
-Breathing is good.
It was like they all gathered together and they were like,
"Josh is driving today, let's all park on the opposite side
"of the road and make it really difficult for him."
# Shut up and drive... #
Slowly, slowly, slowly. Let's have a good look.
There's a car coming, just stop there.
Handbrake. What did you do wrong?
-I didn't put the clutch in.
Every time you stop, clutch down. Off you go.
That was rubbish.
Slow down, slow down, slow down.
When I say slow down, you need to slow down.
-I have gone down into second.
I know. The car doesn't magically go down to the speed you want,
it has to gradually slow down.
No, if you press the brake hard, it'll slow down.
Stop panicking. Turn the ignition on, please.
That's it. First gear. First gear. 1,500 revs.
But, just like falling on the ice,
Josh picks himself up and things start to take a turn for the better.
Lovely. That was great.
That was a great one, yeah?
Beautiful. There you go, see? What was wrong with that? Perfect.
Second. Lovely, much better.
My God, I even changed gear.
-And turned at the same time!
Slow down, slow down, up onto the drive.
Perfect. And lovely.
Right, that was great.
OK, you make one tiny mistake and you start flapping.
Yeah? Don't flap, yeah?
It was good.
It looks like Josh has the makings of a great driver.
But if he is going to drive Kloe to the gala,
he's not got long to get rid of the L-plates.
Say "silk" five times.
Silk, silk, silk, silk, silk.
What do cows drink?
After all the weeks of hard work and dedication,
tonight, Destiny has reached a milestone in her training.
The coaches have decided she's ready to be kitted up
and put in goal.
This evening, I'm going to be doing a session in goalie hockey kit.
Quite nervous about having pucks launched at me.
I'm probably going to die.
But Destiny hasn't done all this work to give up now.
It's time to prove she's tough enough to be a net minder.
-Is that tight enough?
Tonight, my friend Charlie is going to be the one
who's firing the pucks at me.
Charlie, are you going to go easy on me?
If you're in goal, never think that anybody is going to go easy on you
because they're not.
I think I might get hit in the face.
Yes, that's all I ever aim at.
I don't think that Charlie is going to give me an easy time.
Destiny has been fast tracked through her basic skating levels
as coach Callum believes she has what he is looking for.
From watching her and coaching her,
you know, you get that feeling she is that gritty person.
You know, she will get stuck in there.
Once I had layered up most of the kit,
it felt quite heavy and I could barely move in it.
Walking wasn't that easy either, because I had huge pads on.
It was like an ostrich trying to fly,
because of how heavy the kit was.
Right, a big step down.
Destiny is going to be having all this kit on,
it's going to be a whole new experience.
I can't even skate in these!
Are you all right?
-Is it harder than you thought?
Now that Destiny is getting a feel for skating in the kit,
it's time to finally get in goal.
So, hold that position, get that stick in front, hold that,
bend the knees. Good, just put them pads...
Yeah, hold them pads.
Feet together a bit more.
Bend your knees more. Right, hold that position there, hold it.
Bend in. That's it.
Get ready for it, yeah?
Not too hard, Charlie.
-I'm struggling quite a bit.
It feels completely new and I'm struggling.
There you go. And again.
-After about 15 minutes, I kind of gained confidence,
getting used to having all the equipment on.
Oh! It's gone, it's there, you saved it!
Charlie have a go.
Just flick it.
Yes! She's doing well now.
She's been on a few minutes, she's getting position-wise.
She's getting her gloves up, getting her stick in right,
she's saving a few pucks. It's good, good to see. Ready?
Well done. Are you sweating yet?
Stick down! Oh!
-Right, shall we get off then? Are you getting a bit tired?
Yes, that's fine.
Keep working hard and hopefully we'll see you again on this.
Hopefully we'll get you onto a team eventually.
-If that's what you want to do.
-Has it put you off?
It's put you off...? No, you want to be a goalie!
-Are they hurting?
It was quite different than what I expected, because it was tiring.
I didn't think it would be this tiring.
But I think I might get used to it.
Even the professionals find it hard at first.
She just needs to keep going.
The first time, it's a scary feeling.
I think she'll get the pads back on and she'll realise actually she
does enjoy it, it is her dream to be a goalie.
It surprised me a lot, for a first time goalkeeper to have a big power
shot from me, Destiny did very well.
-Yes, you can.
I saved a lot more than I thought I would,
and that made me quite confident to try and become a goalie.
It's the weekend of the British Ice Dance Championships in Sheffield,
and skaters from all over Britain
have gathered to showcase their talent
and compete against the very best.
But after less than a season training together,
the couple are ending their partnership.
They've improved immensely over the season,
and it's a real shame that they have come to that decision.
Jucy may be splitting up, but they want to give coach Sophie,
the judges and the crowd a winning performance.
It would mean a lot to win because we have put a lot of hard work
into our dances.
We would finish the season on a good note,
even though we are splitting.
We're just going to go out there and enjoy it,
make it our last skate together,
and show everyone how much we've improved since we first started.
You're just going through the motions a bit,
try and think about your performance a little more.
Just keep a good, strong hold.
Speed across the ice, strong, firm hold. Yeah?
It's very important that Josh and Lucy show off the potential
that they've got. There's lots of coaches around at the British,
lots of judges watching.
Face, Josh, smile.
It's going to be tough for them.
I think there will be a lot of emotions running through them
in terms of excitement and nerves,
and also the feeling that this is
going to be their last skate together.
They were a little bit quiet when I first saw them this morning.
A slight sign of nerves.
But nerves are good because it gives you that little bit of adrenaline
to perform well.
A bit more strength in all these movements.
Josh, face, come on.
Last year, Josh and his previous partner Ellie came second.
This time, he and Lucy are hoping to go one better
and be crowned British ice dance champions.
I think we are going into it with quite a professional attitude,
just trying to concentrate on the competition.
There is some tough competition in our category,
but we're just going to go out there and skate our best,
and hopefully win.
'Next to skate, Lucy and Joshua.'
A place at the podium is at stake.
But, just seconds into their routine,
Josh has a momentary lapse of concentration.
When I tripped I was thinking, "Oh, no, this is going to go all wrong."
I tried to put the mistake out of my mind by not thinking about it
too much, and just concentrating on the rest of the moves in the dance.
So that I didn't mess anything else up.
I could tell that we were skating well, because it felt really smooth
through all the different moves and things,
and it felt really good to be able to skate like that
after I'd done a bit of a trip at the start.
Wow, what a performance, Jucy!
But, for Josh's mum,
seeing him skating for the last time with Lucy is too much.
-Are you happy?
What happened at the start?
I thought you were going over the barrier at the start, Josh.
Despite the hiccup, Jucy seem pleased with their skate.
But what will the judges think?
'And the scores...
They've done it!
British gold medallists.
We came into the competition knowing that afterwards we would be
splitting, but still we tried our hardest
and did our best skate,
and came first.
So I was really pleased.
I think it was a good thing to end the season on a high note.
-I don't want to hold it on my own.
-Have you got it?
No, you can hold it as well.
Even though Josh has decided to end the partnership,
Lucy has no regrets about their time skating together.
The British this year has been an amazing experience,
and I have really, really enjoyed it.
Being able to skate with Josh has been such a privilege.
Just showing that all our hard work has finally come together
and paid off.
And the size of the trophy, it was pretty big.
-Do you want me to take the...?
-I've got it.
-Are you sure?
I gave Lucy the cup at the end of the competition
because I felt a little bit bad
because I knew that Lucy would be upset because we were spitting,
I thought that it would be a nice thing to do
so that she could keep it
and remember that she had become the British champion.
-Oh, thank you!
Josh and Lucy had a fantastic season together,
they were skating really well.
There are so many factors that contribute
to making a successful partnership, but unfortunately,
not everything that needs to be there is there,
and it is sad that they are not going to skate together any more,
but the future is bright for both of them.
I would hug you, but I know you don't... Oh, thanks.
Next time on Ice Stars:
Destiny leaves net minding behind to take on yet another scary challenge.
This is it. Can't back out now.
-We're going to do it, OK?
It is really tough, and it's like against the best people in England.
I'm with you, OK? Come on, Joshy.
And Josh and Kloe take on their toughest battle yet.
I don't want to watch any of the other girls,
but obviously I'm going to be here to watch Josh.
Newly formed ice-dancing duo Josh and Lucy just can't seem to find the chemistry they need to make it as a winning formula - but with the Ice Dance Championships looming they will need to think of something fast. Ice hockey wannabe Destiny has set her sights on becoming a net-minder but the reality isn't quite what she expected. Also, fresh from mastering the triple jump in Riga, figure skater Josh faces an altogether different challenge.