A 40-year-old just became the oldest woman to win a World Figure Skating Championship. What she wants non-athletes to know

In 2001, Deanna Stellato-Dudek retired because to injuries and burnout, predating many competitive figure skaters today.  

 Stellato-Dudek did the inconceivable this week. The 40-year-old former retiree defeated athletes half her,,,

 age with Maxime Deschamps to become the oldest woman to win a World Figure Skating Championship.  

Even more impressive, she achieved it in the pairs event, a risky sport in which top women are hurled across,,,

 the ice, lifted over their partners' heads with one arm, and tossed more than 10 feet while whirling around many times.  

Deschamps triple twists Stellato-Dudek in the couples' free skate at the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships.  

 Deschamps triple twists Stellato-Dudek in the couples' free skate at the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships.  

 Stellato-Dudek hopes the historic triumph inspires everyone, especially non-skaters who may think it's too late to attain their dreams.  

 “I hope it encourages people to not stop before they reach their potential,” she told reporters Thursday night after winning the title.  

 “I hope it transcends into other areas, not just in sports, but also in life, like work and professional careers.”  

 Figure skaters sometimes quit in their mid-20s due to risky skills and brutal injuries.  

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