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Story 1 "Ice and Snow Love" Set in the year 1980, the story follows Yan Zhen Hua, a young ice skater who has been selected to enter a sports school in Harbin, China, with his friend, Tang Jian. Both of them, who grew up in the 'snow', have been fighting hard for their dreams with hope since they were children. In the school, they both met Li Bing He, a girl from the city who has a bright and smart personality. The three of them eventually became close friends who shared one thing in common, a dream on the ice. Because of an accident, Tang Jian quit speed skating, and his dreams were shattered. Then, Yan Zhen Hua became a skating partner with Li Bing He. The two establish empathy as they go through many competitions together and, eventually, fall in love with each other. However, after various twists and turns, both of them decided to break up. Yan Zhen Hua turned into a short track speed skater to continue their dreams as the three eventually parted ways. Story 2 "Winter Olympics Dream" Set during the year 2019, when China is making adequate preparations for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The story follows Yan Yang, the son of Yan Zhen Hua, who was selected from the local club for the short-track speed skating national Olympic training camp. In the camp, he met Jin Ying, Tang Han and other outstanding players, as well as coach Chen Jin and team doctor Li Nian Xue. He has worked hard, from sparring with female team skaters to being a full-time skater. His understanding of sportsmanship and the Olympic spirit has gradually deepened in his heart. After finding out his parent's story, he has become more determined in his dreams. The journey of the previous generation of Winter Olympics was full of regrets, but the skaters of the new era took over the baton and continued their dreams. (Source: acejoy at MyDramaList) ~~ Dedicated to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Burmese
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 34
  • Aired: Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 23, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: BTV CCTV iQiyi JSTV Tencent Video Youku ZJTV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 50 users)
  • Ranked: #20794
  • Popularity: #8221
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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xiaoyezi
1 people found this review helpful
Feb 14, 2022
34 of 34 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
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Dreams are means to an end

Part 1 - One step at a time, together and independently

The thing about pair skating, it’s about pair work as much as it’s about individual work. Part 1 story was set in the 80’s, and it was a story that’s centred on pairs figure skating, a time when times were tough and opportunities were limited.

When I first tuned in, I thought it would be a story of hard work and true love triumphed the nationals. Little did I know, Part 1 was more about the story of Yan Zhen Hua and Li Bing He’s thin-ice romance, and excruciating hard work to fight for a spot in national ice-skating sports team. Alas, while they shared the same dream and true love, it’s a story about what happened when a pair of figure skaters did not share the same motivation, attitude, and talent / potential.

One of the key themes in Part 1 of the story was the contrast of our main leads’ family background. Coming from a poor family background, Yan Zhen Hua had all the reason and grit to struggle through arduous training on the ice so he can be his family’s pride. His greatest Achilles' heel, as all main characters would have, was this pride of his. Not that having pride was bad, in fact, it was a great motivator for YZH to push through the hurdles, so he can win the nationals. The pride did however limit his growth in ice-skate, and to a certain extent, blinded his empathy to his friends’ challenges.

In contrast, LBH, who started off as the innocent rich girl, whose eyes only had skating and her “Da Hua ge”, slowly came to develop her own comprehension about skating through her life experiences in latter part of the story. And when the rift started to become apparent, they both unfortunately decided to part ways.

It took me awhile, I surprisingly came to like this consistent characters portrayal and realistic story execution. While we can empathise with YZH’s situation and may even applaud him for gritting through and staying loyal to his dream, family and friends, truth to be told, it was hard to root for him - especially if we have also been through one or two life’s curveballs ourselves. After all, we don’t live life in vacuum. What the production team wanted to portray was the real and gruesome road to the nationals.

Part 2 - Focus on what matters

For part 2, we came to the short track speed skater story, featuring YZH’s son, Yan Yang’s training in Beijing in 00’s.

The pace was a lot faster and focused in part 2. In the present days, we can clearly tell that the facilities and support for young athletes were more matured. I particularly loved it when Coach Chen entered the picture - her no nonsense, tough love approach that focused on results might be harsh, but it’s clearly effective.

Comparatively to his father, YY is a lot more confident, calmer, and firmer on pursuing his goals. His approach when faced with setbacks were more matured. The only time he raised his voice was when YZH forcefully stopped him from a competition. It made sense, YZH and YY had quite different childhood experiences. Watching how YZH came to accept and eventually supported his son’s short speed track skating was heartwarming.

JY, as the female lead for part 2, is a determined, quiet, and awkward character. She had certain attachment to her past experiences to overcome. Watching how she warmed up to YY and going through it was enjoyable.

Apart from YY and JY’s development and journey, both on ice and off ice, there was also a clear arc / representation for each character:
- Yan Yang: The unsung heroes, those who helped trained their team but may not get the chance to compete at nationals
- Jin Ying: Athletes who had exposure in overseas training system, and how they adapted back to their country’s training system
- Jia Chang An: Talent vs Hard Work in competitive sports
- Tang Han: Impact of injuries to an athlete’s career
- Tian Miao: Competitiveness, which can serve as a motivator or downfall
- Coaches: The different training philosophies and how to instil the “right” attitude. When to step in, when to take a step back, when to push, when to remain as observer

All in all, I enjoyed Part 2 story a lot more as it’s my cup of tea for a sports series, that’s centered on training progress, characters’ motivation, and team members’ dynamics / support for each other, albeit a little propaganda-ish. Part 1 story would be lovely for those who liked melodrama stories that’s centered on the main characters’ journey, speck of life’s realism, and bittersweet romance.

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Ongoing 20/34
Bearfighterextraordinair
2 people found this review helpful
Feb 22, 2022
20 of 34 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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A touching story of first love, youth, and fighting for a dream

Watched this for Part 1: Ice and Snow Love and was impressed by the quality of it. Part 1 is gorgeous in filming, acting, and setting. TODoI's mix of tribute drama, sports drama, and idol drama elements could have easily gone wrong but Director Bai Tao pulls it all together to tell a poignant story of the love and struggles of a figure skating pair. There are so many gorgeous shots. And while the choice of how to shoot the figure skating doesn't always work, the imagination and hard work behind bringing it to life can be appreciated. Also in Director Bai Tao's favor is his ability to shoot some of the best "innocent" kiss scenes I've seen in years of watching Cdrama. They feel like a breath of fresh air after a sea's worth of dead fish kisses.
Chen Ruoxuan and Peng Xiaoran can also be thanked in this regard. They breathe life into their respective characters and make the journey of Yan Zhenhua and Li Binghe's romance one that feels unforgettable its portrayal of a bittersweet first love. Peng Xiaoran especially shines in her role as Li Binghe. For viewers wanting a female lead with personality and determination, Li Binghe is an absolute gem and her character arc alone is worth giving this drama a try.
I'd recommend this drama to fans of sports dramas, fans of idol dramas who are looking for a little more depth and don't mind BE, and fans who enjoy the artistry of film-making. The BE tag might scare some viewers away but TODoI was so moving, I don't have any regrets despite its rocky ending (there's closure in the second part anyway). In fact, I don't even like sports dramas but not only has TODoI: Ice and Snow Love become a drama in my list of top 5 Cdramas but it has also renewed my faith in Cdramas as a whole.

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  • Drama: To Our Dreamland of Ice
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 34
  • Aired: Feb 5, 2022 - Feb 23, 2022
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: BTV, CCTV, iQiyi, JSTV, Tencent Video, Youku, ZJTV
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 50 users)
  • Ranked: #20794
  • Popularity: #8221
  • Watchers: 993

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