With just days until the final, Dancing on Ice champion Beth Tweddle skated in to the West Midlands to practise her routines and get some final words of encouragement from her Lilleshall-based gymnast coach.
The three-time world champion gymnast is in the final of the celebrity skating competition and trained for two hours at Telford Ice Rink yesterday.
The Dancing on Ice finalist met with her gymnast coach, Amanda Reddin, who she has trained with for 15 years, to show off her skills on the ice ahead of this Sunday’s ITV final of the last ever series.
Amanda, who is a coach at Lilleshall national sports centre, watched Beth practise her version of the famous Bolero routine ahead of the clash between three former series champions.
The personal coach joined Beth and skating partner Lukasz Rozycki to give her a final pep talk and said: “I have just said the same thing I have always said to her, go out there and do what you do, nothing more and nothing less, just go out there and do it. She is doing absolutely fabulously and we are all so chuffed for her. She is one of us and we are so proud of how hard she works. She has really come out of her comfort zone with what they are doing on the ice, and it is fantastic.”
With just days to go until the final ever series she will battle to defend her reigning champion crown, the star came to Telford for words of encouragement from her gymnast coach.
During her training session Beth said: “We have come to Telford to train so that I can see my coach and I am so glad she is coming to the final on Sunday.”
The skating pair rehearsed the world famous Bolero and Amanada, who has trained Beth for 15 years said: “she is fantastic to watch on the ice. She is having a great time and she is so determined, after all she is a world champion.”
Beth posed for pictures with fans at the ice rink. She said: “It has been great to come to Telford and see Amanda, she has given me great words of encouragement. I am going to just go out there and enjoy the experience but of course I will be fiercely defending my crown.”
The pair will put in more than 15 hours of training on the ice in the final days running up to the show and on Sunday the pair will perform their favourite routine from the series and a showcase number. If they go through to the final two, after a public vote, they will have the chance to perform the world famous Bolero.
The final ever show in the programme will see her battle against Ray Quinn and Hayley Tamaddon. Beth said: “It feels like only yesterday that it was week one. This is my second final but it will be the first one for Lukasz. We can’t wait.”
Beth couldn’t reveal which routine she had chosen as her series favourite but said: “The Bolero is such a piece of sporting history and Chris and Jayne are legends and to have the opportunity to perform their little baby again is a dream come true. Everyone recognises those first few beats of the music and straight away people can say what it is, where it was performed and by who. It is an iconic piece of British sporting history.”
Asked how much she wanted to win, the current series champion said: “We are all friends off the ice and have all been working so hard but I am a competitor and I would love to win it, I will fiercely defending my crown for the final ever series.”
She added: “I have had such an amazing journey and to get 10s on Sunday and end with a series best score on the last show of the last ever series would be amazing.”
We talked to the Dancing On Ice finalists, Hayley Tamaddon, Ray Quinn and Beth Tweddle about DOI ending, the pro skaters, the final, skating tricks, nerves, the tour, keeping up the skating, friendships, and future projects.
The final will take place on Sunday at 7pm on ITV which will bring Dancing on Ice's nine-year run on ITV to its conclusion. It will also feature Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean performing their famous Bolero routine for the last time on television.