Stepping Up Ice Stars


Stepping Up

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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Destiny!

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You might finally get to be a hockey player.

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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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Don't cut the edges so tight.

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-Sorry.

-When me and Lucy first got together, we got on quite well,

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but then we started arguing quite a lot.

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So the British championships are coming up really soon.

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We want to be British champions, don't we?

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At the British, if nothing's improved,

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then we're not sure whether we're going to carry on

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skating together or not.

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Their future may be in doubt, but Jucy are determined that this

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won't hold them back at the British Ice Dance Championships.

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Yeah!

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It's time for Destiny to see if she's tough enough to follow through

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with her ice hockey dreams.

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-Good!

-It feels completely new, and I'm struggling.

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And, elite figure skater Josh takes on a very different

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kind of challenge.

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Slow down, slow down. When I say slow down, you need to slow down.

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-It has to gradually slow down.

-No, if you press the brake hard, it'll slow down.

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Come on, big, big, big.

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Forwards. Jump!

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That's it!

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Making it as an ice star is hard work.

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There's the early morning starts...

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..intense training sessions...

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One...and relax. Well done, girls, excellent.

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..the pressure of performing to a crowd,

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and a generous sprinkling of magic.

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It's something Destiny is just discovering.

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Yes!

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She's mad about ice hockey,

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and dreams of one day playing for the women's ice hockey team,

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the Nottingham Vipers.

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Hey! No cheats!

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Come on, Vipers!

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I've always wanted to play for women's hockey team.

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Most people think ice hockey is mainly for boys, but really,

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anyone can play it.

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Woo! Go Vipers!

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It's fast-paced and competitive.

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You have to be kind of a crazy and brave person

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to go out and become a hockey player.

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Come on, come on, come on! Yeah!

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Wooo!

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Five, four, three,

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two, one!

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Woo!

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Yes, we won!

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I am so happy!

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One person who knows all about ice hockey is star player Jess.

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Last season, Jess broke her ankle during a speed skating competition.

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Since then, she's been dedicating a lot of her time to ice hockey.

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Destiny's keen to join a team as soon as possible.

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So she's hoping for some advice.

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For our league you have to be, like, 16 and over,

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so I started playing with the boys since I was a kid,

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since I was about eight, nine.

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It really helped me to develop my skills,

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and it's helped me to play for the Vipers now.

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So would you think that would be a good route for you to go?

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I'm going to try and start with the boys and then work up.

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Good idea.

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I think when it comes to hockey,

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I think you kind of have to work quite hard.

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I think she wants to learn, and that's the key thing with kids.

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If they want to learn, they will develop so much quicker

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and I think she has the attitude to it,

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to be an ice hockey player, so I think she will go far in the sport.

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There's no doubt Destiny's ice hockey dream is real enough,

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but the reality will be tougher than she could ever imagine.

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As she's about to find out.

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-Hi.

-Hi.

-All right?

-Yeah.

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Ice dancers Josh and Lucy have been a skating partnership

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since the start of the season.

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They've been busy training for the British championships,

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but although they skate well together,

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Josh hasn't felt sure about continuing as a dance couple.

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I can never really tell if it's because of the partnership

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or because he just doesn't enjoy it any more.

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The fact that that might all go away is, like, quite upsetting really.

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Just ahead of the championships,

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Josh has decided that, once that's over, so too is the partnership.

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I think the reason me and Lucy don't get on together

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is because we're so similar in personalities.

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This is one of our last training sessions before the British,

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but also one of the last ones that I'll be training with Josh.

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Kind of argue a bit too much.

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Hang on, look what we're tracing.

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What? You can't just stop!

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You seem really hyper today, like normally you're so tired.

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-No, I am tired.

-You said stop.

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Yeah, but you carried on one step, so I thought you were carrying on.

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That's part of the order though, isn't it?

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I am quite upset that the partnership isn't going to work out

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and I think Lucy is really upset about it

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because she wants to make the partnership work as well.

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I don't trust that Josh.

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Shoulder down. Lift the chin,

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I want a big gap between your chin and your shoulder.

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I am really upset that it's coming to an end.

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Because we've put in so much hard work and effort

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in the training this season

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and I really enjoyed skating with Josh.

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Through the middle section after the step wide,

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you're both looking in different directions,

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I'm stood in a similar place to where the judges will be, yeah?

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Acknowledge me, you know, I want to make eye contact with you,

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I want to see your face.

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All right? Looking over in this direction both of you,

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heads up, smiling.

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Even though this will be Jucy's last performance together,

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they've agreed to step up to the challenge of the British championships

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and do everything they can to get a podium spot.

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Me and Lucy both know that we are going to be splitting

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after the British,

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but we're still going to go into the British and try our best

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and try to win so that we can both finish the season on a high.

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We are still going to go for it.

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We're still going to try our hardest and show everyone

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that we're still improving, even if it is coming to an end.

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You guys have come to a decision already about what's happening

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after the British.

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Putting all of that aside, I just really want you to focus this week

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and just do the best you can do.

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You stand a really good chance of doing well. That's the goal.

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Figure skater Josh is a champion skater.

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But he's about to start learning a totally new set of skills.

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-Is that your car?

-Yeah, I picked it up today.

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Why didn't you tell me?

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I'm sorry.

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Let me see.

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-Do you like the colour?

-Yeah, I love colour.

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-I think the white looks best, but it's going to be hard to keep clean.

-Yeah, I was going to say!

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This year I've just turned 17,

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which means I can finally start learning to drive,

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which is really exciting because it's kind of like

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that first kind of freedom and independence you get.

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Being able to drive yourself around, get to training and stuff.

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How are your lessons going?

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I just have to concentrate so hard for, like, the whole hour.

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

-How many lessons have you had?

-It's just scary.

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So far, I've only had two, so I'm just hoping that

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I don't muck anything up on the test otherwise I have to take it again.

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-Oh, yeah.

-If I pass, I can give you lifts.

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-I can't wait.

-If you pay me. It's like a taxi.

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-This isn't for free.

-Yeah, I know.

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-Thanks.

-Like, where are we going to go?

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We're going to go to auditions together.

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We need to have our road trips mapped out.

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All right. Well, we're going to London, definitely.

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-At some point.

-London.

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This is going to be the impression of us when I passed my test.

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-OK.

-Are you ready?

-I need loads of seat belts.

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Josh said that he wasn't nervous about driving,

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but he is. Like, come on.

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Why wouldn't he be nervous?

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He needs to pass soon because I told him to.

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Destiny has always dreamed of becoming an ice hockey goalie.

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Also known as a net minder.

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Hopefully I don't fall over!

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But before she gets the chance to stand in goal,

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coach Matt needs to see her skate alongside the team.

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I'm really, really excited.

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I'm really excited and nervous.

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-There you go.

-Thank you.

-Now you're good to go.

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Over the past year, her skating skills have improved massively,

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but she still has one disadvantage.

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They all look a bit tall.

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When I first went into my hockey lesson, I felt kind of alone

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because there wasn't many shorter people,

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and I was the only girl

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and I was a bit worried about getting knocked over

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by one of the taller lads.

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Towering team-mates are not the only problem.

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Try them on and make sure they're OK.

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-They are way too big.

-A little bit too big. OK, so...

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-Put that one on this one.

-OK.

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This one.

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OK, we will get you a stick.

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Before she can try out in goal,

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the coaches need to see if Destiny has the right kind of attitude

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to make it as a net minder.

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Jump on nice and steady. On you go!

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That's all right.

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Nobody saw you, you're fine.

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She's started to get a bit more nervous

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in case the rest of them in the group are better than her,

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but I suppose we've all got to start somewhere -

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start at the bottom and work our way up.

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Watch out!

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OK, what you got to think about now is there's more players on the ice,

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so make sure you keep your head up,

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because you nearly got run over by one player. All right?

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Keep your balance, keep yourself on the end of the line so you don't get

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run over, but that was really good.

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Eh-up! What are you doing?

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It's a boomerang!

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Oh, she's gone for a turn, and you stayed up!

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Still smiling. Still smiling.

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And again.

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After a shaky start, Destiny is starting to find her feet,

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as well as her confidence.

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-Nice.

-I take the doubt and turn it into a strength,

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it gives me a boost, thinking I can actually do it.

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Nice. What I want to see you do now is,

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I want to see you really push it in.

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A lot faster. I want to see a bit more aggressive skating.

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All right? Go as fast as you can, OK?

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That's better, look at that!

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that's totally different, a bit more aggression, that's good.

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That's better, you know, that's good, push hard.

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Go, go, go, go, go. Nice.

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Well, that was a lot better.

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You looked like a hockey player then.

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As you want to be goalie, I want to see a bit of backwards all right?

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OK, off you go, let's have a look.

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Turn around backwards again, Destiny.

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Yeah, that's great.

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I really am pleased, how well you've improved,

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you can see the hard work you've put in with your lessons.

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Maybe we can fast track you through because we are keen to get goalies,

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especially girl goalies, we're really keen to get involved.

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Let's see you work hard, improve your skills,

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and we'll look forward to getting you through

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maybe to the club if we can.

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That's great news for Destiny,

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and Matt's eager to see how she copes when she's kitted up.

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I'm keen to get some goalie pads on her,

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because I know that's her big target,

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and I think she's got that bit between her teeth,

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and I really want to see her progress.

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A full goalie kit can weigh around 20lbs,

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so Destiny may have passed this stage of her test,

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but the hardest challenge is yet to come.

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-How was it then?

-It was really fun.

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-Was it?

-Yeah, I fell over.

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Going to get your kit off, yeah?

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-Yes.

-I fell over.

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Away from the rink, Josh's road trip plans with Kloe

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will come to a standstill, unless he can pass his driving test.

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So today, he's getting some extra tuition.

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Morning, matey. Ready for some driving today?

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We just need to practise the pulling off, cos I hate when you're waiting

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at a junction, or whatever, I really don't like that.

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Think of it like learning a new skating element,

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it's just a technique.

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So far, I've only had a few lessons,

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so I'm still a little bit at the beginning.

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Josh is hoping that by swapping his turns, twizzles and axels

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for mirrors, signals and manoeuvres, he'll become more independent.

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He's already bought his own set of wheels to practise in.

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Ta-da!

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Did you look left to see what's coming down the road?

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No.

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Learning how to operate and drive a car is slightly different to

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learning how to jump and spin on the ice.

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But definitely going to take the same mentality

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that I take into skating into my driving lessons.

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Into second.

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Into second gear, please.

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-Come on.

-Let's go, go, go.

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You should have moved into second gear quicker, though.

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But I don't like turning and changing gear, that's so scary.

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You need to get used to that.

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Brake, brake, brake. Man in the middle of the road.

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OK, another van parked now, so have a good look before you go around.

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Right, drive round. That's it.

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I know you swing out to look, but don't swing out too far, yeah?

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-This is like an obstacle course.

-Breathing is good.

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It was like they all gathered together and they were like,

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"Josh is driving today, let's all park on the opposite side

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"of the road and make it really difficult for him."

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# Shut up and drive... #

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Slowly, slowly, slowly. Let's have a good look.

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There's a car coming, just stop there.

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-Perfect.

-Sorry.

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Sorry.

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Handbrake. What did you do wrong?

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-I didn't put the clutch in.

-Clutch down.

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Every time you stop, clutch down. Off you go.

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That was rubbish.

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Slow down, slow down, slow down.

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When I say slow down, you need to slow down.

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-Second gear.

-I have gone down into second.

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I know. The car doesn't magically go down to the speed you want,

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it has to gradually slow down.

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No, if you press the brake hard, it'll slow down.

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Neutral, neutral.

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OK.

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Stop panicking. Turn the ignition on, please.

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That's it. First gear. First gear. 1,500 revs.

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But, just like falling on the ice,

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Josh picks himself up and things start to take a turn for the better.

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Lovely. That was great.

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That was a great one, yeah?

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Beautiful. There you go, see? What was wrong with that? Perfect.

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Second. Lovely, much better.

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My God, I even changed gear.

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-Much better.

-And turned at the same time!

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-Much better.

-Yes, Josh!

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Slow down, slow down, up onto the drive.

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Perfect. And lovely.

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Right, that was great.

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OK, you make one tiny mistake and you start flapping.

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Yeah? Don't flap, yeah?

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It was good.

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It looks like Josh has the makings of a great driver.

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But if he is going to drive Kloe to the gala,

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he's not got long to get rid of the L-plates.

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Say "silk" five times.

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Silk, silk, silk, silk, silk.

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What do cows drink?

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-Water.

-Oh!

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After all the weeks of hard work and dedication,

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tonight, Destiny has reached a milestone in her training.

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The coaches have decided she's ready to be kitted up

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and put in goal.

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This evening, I'm going to be doing a session in goalie hockey kit.

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Body armour.

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Quite nervous about having pucks launched at me.

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I'm probably going to die.

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But Destiny hasn't done all this work to give up now.

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It's time to prove she's tough enough to be a net minder.

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-Is that tight enough?

-Yeah, good.

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Tonight, my friend Charlie is going to be the one

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who's firing the pucks at me.

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Charlie, are you going to go easy on me?

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If you're in goal, never think that anybody is going to go easy on you

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because they're not.

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I think I might get hit in the face.

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Yes, that's all I ever aim at.

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I don't think that Charlie is going to give me an easy time.

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Destiny has been fast tracked through her basic skating levels

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as coach Callum believes she has what he is looking for.

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From watching her and coaching her,

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you know, you get that feeling she is that gritty person.

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You know, she will get stuck in there.

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Neck guard.

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Once I had layered up most of the kit,

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it felt quite heavy and I could barely move in it.

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Walking wasn't that easy either, because I had huge pads on.

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It was like an ostrich trying to fly,

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because of how heavy the kit was.

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Right, a big step down.

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Destiny is going to be having all this kit on,

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it's going to be a whole new experience.

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I can't even skate in these!

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Are you all right?

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-Awkward.

-Is it harder than you thought?

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-Yes.

-Is it?

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Now that Destiny is getting a feel for skating in the kit,

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it's time to finally get in goal.

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So, hold that position, get that stick in front, hold that,

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bend the knees. Good, just put them pads...

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Yeah, hold them pads.

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Feet together a bit more.

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Bend your knees more. Right, hold that position there, hold it.

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Bend in. That's it.

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Get ready for it, yeah?

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Not too hard, Charlie.

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Oooh!

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And again.

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-Oh!

-I'm struggling quite a bit.

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It feels completely new and I'm struggling.

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There you go. And again.

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-Yes!

-After about 15 minutes, I kind of gained confidence,

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getting used to having all the equipment on.

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Ready.

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Oh! It's gone, it's there, you saved it!

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Charlie have a go.

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Just flick it.

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Yes! She's doing well now.

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She's been on a few minutes, she's getting position-wise.

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She's getting her gloves up, getting her stick in right,

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she's saving a few pucks. It's good, good to see. Ready?

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Good!

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Well done. Are you sweating yet?

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-Tired.

-Good girl.

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Whoa, nice!

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Stick down! Oh!

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-Right, shall we get off then? Are you getting a bit tired?

-Yes.

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Yes, that's fine.

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Keep working hard and hopefully we'll see you again on this.

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Hopefully we'll get you onto a team eventually.

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-If that's what you want to do.

-Yes.

-Has it put you off?

-Yes.

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It's put you off...? No, you want to be a goalie!

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-Yeah!

-Good.

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-Are they hurting?

-Yes.

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It was quite different than what I expected, because it was tiring.

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I didn't think it would be this tiring.

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But I think I might get used to it.

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Even the professionals find it hard at first.

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She just needs to keep going.

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The first time, it's a scary feeling.

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I think she'll get the pads back on and she'll realise actually she

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does enjoy it, it is her dream to be a goalie.

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It surprised me a lot, for a first time goalkeeper to have a big power

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shot from me, Destiny did very well.

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-Get up.

-I can't.

-Yes, you can.

-I can't.

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I saved a lot more than I thought I would,

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and that made me quite confident to try and become a goalie.

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It's the weekend of the British Ice Dance Championships in Sheffield,

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and skaters from all over Britain

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have gathered to showcase their talent

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and compete against the very best.

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But after less than a season training together,

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the couple are ending their partnership.

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They've improved immensely over the season,

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and it's a real shame that they have come to that decision.

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Hello.

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Jucy may be splitting up, but they want to give coach Sophie,

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the judges and the crowd a winning performance.

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It would mean a lot to win because we have put a lot of hard work

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into our dances.

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We would finish the season on a good note,

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even though we are splitting.

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We're just going to go out there and enjoy it,

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make it our last skate together,

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and show everyone how much we've improved since we first started.

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You're just going through the motions a bit,

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try and think about your performance a little more.

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Just keep a good, strong hold.

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Speed across the ice, strong, firm hold. Yeah?

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It's very important that Josh and Lucy show off the potential

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that they've got. There's lots of coaches around at the British,

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lots of judges watching.

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Face, Josh, smile.

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It's going to be tough for them.

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I think there will be a lot of emotions running through them

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in terms of excitement and nerves,

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and also the feeling that this is

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going to be their last skate together.

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They were a little bit quiet when I first saw them this morning.

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A slight sign of nerves.

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But nerves are good because it gives you that little bit of adrenaline

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to perform well.

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A bit more strength in all these movements.

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Josh, face, come on.

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Last year, Josh and his previous partner Ellie came second.

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This time, he and Lucy are hoping to go one better

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and be crowned British ice dance champions.

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I think we are going into it with quite a professional attitude,

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just trying to concentrate on the competition.

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There is some tough competition in our category,

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but we're just going to go out there and skate our best,

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and hopefully win.

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'Next to skate, Lucy and Joshua.'

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A place at the podium is at stake.

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But, just seconds into their routine,

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Josh has a momentary lapse of concentration.

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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AUDIENCE GASPS

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When I tripped I was thinking, "Oh, no, this is going to go all wrong."

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I tried to put the mistake out of my mind by not thinking about it

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too much, and just concentrating on the rest of the moves in the dance.

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So that I didn't mess anything else up.

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I could tell that we were skating well, because it felt really smooth

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through all the different moves and things,

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and it felt really good to be able to skate like that

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after I'd done a bit of a trip at the start.

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Wow, what a performance, Jucy!

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But, for Josh's mum,

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seeing him skating for the last time with Lucy is too much.

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-Are you happy?

-Yes.

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What happened at the start?

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I thought you were going over the barrier at the start, Josh.

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Despite the hiccup, Jucy seem pleased with their skate.

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But what will the judges think?

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'And the scores...

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'45...'

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Well done!

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They've done it!

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British gold medallists.

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We came into the competition knowing that afterwards we would be

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splitting, but still we tried our hardest

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and did our best skate,

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and came first.

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So I was really pleased.

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I think it was a good thing to end the season on a high note.

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-I don't want to hold it on my own.

-Have you got it?

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No, you can hold it as well.

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Even though Josh has decided to end the partnership,

0:26:260:26:29

Lucy has no regrets about their time skating together.

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The British this year has been an amazing experience,

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and I have really, really enjoyed it.

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Being able to skate with Josh has been such a privilege.

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Just showing that all our hard work has finally come together

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and paid off.

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And the size of the trophy, it was pretty big.

0:26:450:26:48

-Do you want me to take the...?

-I've got it.

-Are you sure?

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I gave Lucy the cup at the end of the competition

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because I felt a little bit bad

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because I knew that Lucy would be upset because we were spitting,

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I thought that it would be a nice thing to do

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so that she could keep it

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and remember that she had become the British champion.

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-Lucy.

-Oh, thank you!

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Josh and Lucy had a fantastic season together,

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they were skating really well.

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There are so many factors that contribute

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to making a successful partnership, but unfortunately,

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not everything that needs to be there is there,

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and it is sad that they are not going to skate together any more,

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but the future is bright for both of them.

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I would hug you, but I know you don't... Oh, thanks.

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Next time on Ice Stars:

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Destiny leaves net minding behind to take on yet another scary challenge.

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This is it. Can't back out now.

0:27:480:27:51

-We're going to do it, OK?

-Yes.

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It is really tough, and it's like against the best people in England.

0:27:550:27:59

I'm with you, OK? Come on, Joshy.

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And Josh and Kloe take on their toughest battle yet.

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I don't want to watch any of the other girls,

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but obviously I'm going to be here to watch Josh.

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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 triple jump in Riga, figure skater Josh faces an altogether different challenge.