Figure skating-Canada's Stellato-Dudek becomes oldest skater to win GP event

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[1/5] Figure Skating - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Grand Prix de France - Angers Ice Parc, Angers, France - November 5, 2022 Canada's Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps observe connected the podium aft winning the pairs contention REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Nov 5 (Reuters) - Canada's Deanna Stellato-Dudek became the oldest jock to triumph a fig skating Grand Prix competition, astatine the property of 39, erstwhile she took archetypal spot with Maxime Deschamps successful the pairs lawsuit successful Angers, France, connected Saturday.

Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps topped the podium with an wide people of 185.84 successful the Grand Prix de France and qualified for the GP last successful Turin connected Dec. 8-11.

"This is the acquisition that we request to summation to beryllium the benignant of squad we privation to be. We're precise excited to suffice for the last and precise arrogant of our combat successful the agelong program," Stellato-Dudek told reporters.

Stellato-Dudek, the 2000 satellite inferior metallic medallist, came backmost from a 16-year interruption six years agone aft a drawstring of hep injuries and a fractured ankle forced her to discontinue fig skating astatine the property of 17.

While connected a team-building retreat arsenic portion of her occupation astatine a integrative country office, she realised she was not acceptable to discontinue the athletics for bully and retrieved her dusty skates from her parents' basement to revive the imagination of an Olympic medal win.

Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi successful Gdansk; editing by Clare Fallon

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