Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps win pairs gold at World Figure Skating Championships

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps (SpiritedMichelle, Wikimedia Commons)

Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec won the gold medal for Canada in the pairs event at the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, Quebec. For Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps, it was their first ever medal at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps posted a total score of 221.56 points. Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan, the reigning World Pairs Figure Skating Championship gold medalists, won the silver medal with a score of 217.88 points. Minerva Fabienne Hase and Nikita Volodin of Germany won the bronze medal with 210.4 points. Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps by 16.96 points over Hungary’s Maria Pavlova and Alexei Sviatchenko, who finished in fourth place with 204.6 points.

A major reason why Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps won the gold medal was because of their strong short program. They had a career-best77.48 points.

This was also an historic World Figure Skating Championships for Stellato-Dudek. That is because she became the oldest female figure skater to ever win a gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships. According to Philip Hersh of NBC Sports, the previous oldest was Ludowika Jakobsson, who won the gold medal in the pairs event for Finland at age 38 with partner Walter Jakobsson at the 1923 World Pairs Figure Skating Championships in Oslo, Norway.  The gold medal for Stellato-Dudek and Deschamps will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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