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English skating pair a couple on and off the ice

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Penny Coomes and Nickolas Buckland have been skating together for more than a decade. They met in high school.

"He was looking for a partner, and I was small enough and light enough to lift," Coomes said. "And we're good friends."

The two moved to America to train. They say the U.S. is a second home for them, even if they have to deal with a lot of questions about their accents.

"We get a lot of 'Do you know the Queen, do you know Kate Middleton, cup of tea...cheerio,'" the pair joked.

They spend countless hours together, and as Buckland explains, "We're a couple on and off the ice, so we spend 24 hours a day together. I wouldn't have it any other way. We're best friends."

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