Figure Skating vs Ice Hockey | Who Will be Best at the Other Sport? | Sports Swap Challenge

(SPORTS SWAP) I’m Herberts Vasiljevs,
Latvia, ice hockey. Herberts Vasiljevs! I love fast-paced hockey,
the challenge, the competition and when a goal is scored,
it’s unbelievable! (3-TIME OLYMPIAN, (TURIN 2006, VANCOUVER 2010,
SOCHI 2014) I’m Valentina Marchei and
I’m a figure skater from Italy. The good thing about our sport
is there are no copies. Being yourself,
we are all different. – Argh!
– Oh! I am the boss, OK? (SPORTS SWAP) (ICE HOCKEY/FIGURE SKATING) (FIGURE SKATING/ICE HOCKEY) Hi, Valentina. – Nice to meet you!
– Nice to meet you, too. What do you think is going
to be the toughest challenge for you in hockey? I think the eye-hand
coordination with the puck. I’m used to skating alone so
I don’t really handle anything. So that
is going to be challenging. I absolutely have no knowledge
about ice hockey. It’s the fastest team sport
on earth. The little Italian lady
will have a tough time! Oh, welcome! You look so pretty! What do you know
about figure skating? – They twist a lot?
– Spin! – Ah! They spin! It’s a spin!
– Yeah! They try to jump all the time. – Not try!
– They do the… This one!
I don’t know what it is. OK, nice, er, stretched leg! I am scared.
I’ve got no padding. I’m going to do some… I hate doing the turns
and the flips! And whatever else they do! (THE KIT) Ooh! Oh, my God! Ahh! Argh! So, these are the shin pads, protecting always against
pucks, sticks, everything. Then we have elbow pads
where you can elbow guys. Obviously we have gloves
and we have a helmet. (HELMET – THERMOPLASTIC OUTER
just a few sparkles, so you’re pretty lucky today. You need to carry
all those sparkles because if you don’t own
the dress, you’re no-one! The blade is a bit different
because yours is a bit thinner. Mine is a bit larger. Usually it’s 4mm mine,
and yours is about 3mm. You have toe picks now
and that’s the main thing. – You see?
– That’s pretty sharp! The stick, it’s one piece
and made out of carbon. The curve is different
with every player. My curve is like this. Yeah. It’s called
the pancake flipper. I’m going to show you. Oop-la! The puck. OK, you can feel it
a little bit. How does it feel? – How does it feel?
– It’s OK, I’ve got padding. It’s no problem.
It’s about 160-170 grams. It’s not very heavy. But the thing is
it’s very, very hard. We’re going to
put the real jersey on. You’re going to
look like a real hockey player. God! I feel like a lion
in a cage here. (THE WARM UP) It’s so important
to have inside edge and the outside edge. Just to warm up so you feel
comfortable on the ice. This is the basics
of everything. Like every jump, the entrance
of the spin, the cross-overs. Bravo! Outside, cross inside. Wow! (THE INITIATION) So we’re going to
go around the pylons, like one, two, three, four
pylons. Go around them to the goal. And then try to shoot
and score a goal. So put it on the ice. – Cool!
– So you saw how it’s done. – You were too strict with me!
– I’m not strict! – You are!
– Easy going. You can take your time. Go round, go round
and then try to shoot. You need a little work. It’s the puck thing.
The puck runs away. Is there like a motor inside
or something that it goes? It runs away by itself.
I can’t control it! That’s the difficult part,
just to tame the puck, just to have it under control all the time.
But everything else, she’ll get used to skating
and puck handling, but you need practice,
practice, practice! It’s like a dancer
on the ice rink. Very nice! So what about doing a challenge about one jump, one spin
and one spiral? (SPIN) (SPIRAL) He’s a kamikaze! (JUMP) You have to know
which foot is… when to jump from which side. So it’s really tough to do. Welcome to my world. (THE BASICS) Argh! That’s all I could… Oh!
You’re a hockey player now! First part will be skating
through the pylons with no puck. (BALANCE) And the second thing, you’re just going to push
the puck in front of you. (CONTROL) The third part is going to be
only stick handling. We’re going to here, go
through…and shoot! Yeah. OK. Stop it. Already jumped one. – Oof!
– It’s OK. So when do we get physical,
like I want to… Argh! Hit you! – Argh!
it’s not easy. It’s not an easy game.
This needs a lot of repeats. Let’s start with three turns. When you turn onto the inside,
you put your leg in the front. Oh, OK. OK, good. Ah, OK, better, better. Loosen your shoulders.
OK, good. You… No!
Loose them up! – I am loose!
– No, you’re not loose! You’re like this,
you have no neck! Show your neck. Good, nice. Oh!
Don’t start from bending. A good prince or ballerina, they open their foot, stretch their leg and bend. I am the boss, OK? Good. Perfecto! You almost looked pretty. So the only thing
SKATING) You have to look nice,
you have to look elegant. You have to be… You have to show off! Totally opposite to hockey! (THE CHALLENGE) So the hard part is over.
It’s just the easy part. Just repeat the challenge. (THREE ATTEMPTS (TO SCORE A GOAL) Ahhh! At least
try to go a little faster! Whoo! I totally respect after this
practice the hockey players because it’s so, so difficult
and really demanding and it’s that physical
that you have to be strong, that you have to be attentive. She improved speed wise, she
improved stick-handling wise. Even the shot was better so there’s a lot of confidence
that is involved in hockey and she improved a lot! It’s time to go back
to my natural world, the one of the princesses and
the sparkles and the toe picks! And no sticks! (PERFORM A ROUTINE (WITH ONE JUMP, ONE SPIN,
ONE SPIRAL) So show me what you have learnt
and show me your routine. Oh! Pretty prince! Woo-hoo! Good! For me it was the spinning
that was really tough. I can’t spin, I don’t know
how to do this. The little bit that I spun
that was already my world! We could see finally
a smoother part. There’s, like, something nice
inside of here. Inside, yeah. Inside! Very deep inside. (SHOWBOATING) Woo-hoo! I want to challenge you
to three different challenges. OK. One, who spins the longest. – I’m dizzy!
– Yay! One, pushing out
from the barrier on one foot. Who goes the furthest. And 50m sprint! – Yep!
– No! – Good job!
– Very nice. Thank you very much. (SPORTS SWAP)

100 thoughts on “Figure Skating vs Ice Hockey | Who Will be Best at the Other Sport? | Sports Swap Challenge

  1. Before watching, I thought, that she would win: because for figure skating you need to master basic skating and than take it to master level to look elegant. And basic skating is already enough to master basic hockey and focus on the stick handling. But she had lots of problems with the curved ice hockey blades.
    In between he was doing a lot better. In the end it was a tie with slight advantiges for him I would say.

  2. Basically its much easier for hockey players to transition to fingure skating the emphasis on skating is HUGE especially the youngsters coming up, guys just don't do it because the masculinity of it…

  3. They didn't end the video with an answer to the question they posed at the start. Hockey players make better figure skaters than figure skaters make hockey players. I encourage watching .25 speed of Valentina's "goal". Regardless, good fun.

  4. i figure skate but i joined my school hockey team as goalie (they needed one more player). I remember the nightmare that is adjusting to hockey/goalie skates lmao

  5. Why hasn't anyone pointed out that the video editors completely missed the titles? The ones that say "challenge" "goal" stuff like that…

  6. This video makes me think of the movie "The Cutting Edge" but for real. Where even a world class hockey player can't learn couples skating skating. Really enjoyed the video. Even though I don't see the romance kindling like everyone else. I think they are just two ppl that really love life and enjoyed doing this together.

  7. I would've loved to see the girl keeping her skates while fully-dressed. Too many factors at play here for a comparison to be "legit'' (In my opinion)

  8. As a figure skater I'm actually not half bad at hockey. Just… hockey in figure skates. I've never worn hockey skates before.


  10. This is what happens when both couples play different sport! It's interesting, which makes the relationship like this are special

  11. I love that when he goes to do his figure skating routine, he takes off in a skate run that is so distinct to hockey players. Bless his cute hockey playing heart, he tried. lolol

  12. The guy I have no pads I'm scared……

    Me when your a figure skater you can't have pads. IT HURTS WHEN YOU FALL!!!

  13. Not even having watched, my prediction: the hockey player will fare better at figure skating because there are far fewer variables involved – it’s just the complexities of skating. Hockey involves so many other variables

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