Deanna Stellato

Deanna Stellato-Dudek[1][2] (born June 22, 1983) is an American figure skater who currently competes in pair skating and formerly competed in ladies' singles. As a pair skater with her former partner Nathan Bartholomay, she is the 2018 CS Ondrej Nepela Trophy silver medalist, the 2018 CS Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb bronze medalist, and a two-time U.S. national bronze medalist (2018–2019).

Deanna Stellato-Dudek
2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki Deanna Stellato-Dudek Nathan Bartholomay 2018-11-03 16-19-58.jpg
Personal information
Country representedUnited States
Born (1983-06-22) June 22, 1983 (age 36)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Spouse(s)Michael Dudek
Height1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
PartnerMaxime Deschamps
Former partnerNathan Bartholomay
CoachJim Peterson, Lyndon Johnston, Amanda Evora, Cindy Watson-Caprel
Former coachCindy Watson-Caprel
Philip Mills
ChoreographerJim Peterson
Skating clubSouthwest Florida FSC
Wagon Wheel FSC
Former training locationsNorthbrook, Illinois
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Began skating1989
ISU personal best scores
Combined total178.38
2018 Four Continents
Short program61.48
2018 Worlds
Free skate117.45
2018 Four Continents

As a single skater, she won one senior international medal – silver at the 2000 Karl Schäfer Memorial. Earlier in her career, she won silver at the 2000 World Junior Championships and gold at the 1999 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Personal lifeEdit

Stellato was born June 22, 1983 in Park Ridge, Illinois.[3] She is a licensed aesthetician and permanent cosmetic professional.[4] She has worked as the director of aesthetics at the Geldner Center in Chicago.[5] She married a consultant, Michael Dudek, around 2014.[6]


Through 2001Edit

Stellato began learning to skate as a five-year-old.[7] In the 1999–2000 season, she won the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final and went on to win the silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. A member of Wagon Wheel FSC, she was coached by Cindy Watson-Caprel and Philip Mills in Northbrook and Buffalo Grove, Illinois.[8][3]

Stellato began the following season at a U.S.-only team event, the 2000 Keri Lotion Classic, where she was partnered with Michael Weiss.[9] She received a 6.0 for presentation.[4] Making her senior international debut, she won silver at the 2000 Karl Schäfer Memorial in October. In November, she finished fifth at a Grand Prix event, the 2000 Skate Canada International, where she injured her right hip before the free skate.[10][4] After returning to training two weeks later, Stellato sustained a pulled hip flexor in the same hip, which led to her withdrawal from the 2001 U.S. Championships.[10] She later decided to retire from competition. Due to four different hip injuries, she had skated for an approximate total of 24 months in four years.[11] Other injuries in her career included a torn ligament in her right ankle and a fractured left ankle.[4]

Return to skatingEdit

Stellato resumed skating in March 2016, in the Chicago area, before visiting her former coach, Cindy Watson-Caprel, who had moved to a rink in Ellenton, Florida.[6] In Florida, U.S. Figure Skating's high performance director, Mitch Moyer, suggested a tryout with Nathan Bartholomay, a pair skater who was working at the same rink.[6][12] In July 2016, Stellato and Bartholomay announced that they had formed a partnership and were based at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.[13] Coached by Jim Peterson, they train on ice three hours a day, five days a week.[14]

Making their international debut together, the pair placed 6th at the 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. After taking the gold medal at the Eastern Sectional Championships, they qualified for the 2017 U.S. Championships where they finished in fourth place. The following year, Stellato-Dudek and Bartholomay placed third at the 2018 U.S. Championships.[15] They placed fifth at the 2018 Four Continents Championships.

Stellato-Dudek/Bartholomay opened the 2018–19 figure skating season with two Challenger events, winning silver at the Nepela Trophy and bronze at Nebelhorn Trophy. They placed sixth at the 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki, and had to withdraw from the 2018 Rostelecom Cup. Competing a third Challenger event, they won another bronze medal at the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb. Stellato-Dudek/Bartholomay won a second consecutive bronze medal at the 2019 U.S. Championships. However, due to perceived inconsistent results earlier in the season, they were not assigned to the third American berth at the 2019 Four Continents Championships, that going instead to pewter medalists Tarah Kayne / Danny O'Shea.[16] They announced the end of their partnership in April 2019.

In August 2019, Stellato appeared on an entry list for Souvenir Georges-Éthier in partnership with Canada's Maxime Deschamps.[17]


Pairs with BartholomayEdit

Season Short program Free skating

  • The Canadian Tenors medley

Single skatingEdit

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
  • Moonflower
    by David Arkenstone
  • Cello's Song
    by David Arkenstone and Kostia
  • Prelude to the Dance
    by David Lanz
  • The Setting of Two Suns
    by David Lanz
  • Firedance
    by David Lanz
  • Storm Cry
    by David Arkenstone
  • The Inn on Mount Ada
    by John Tesh
  • Concerto for piano
    played by Peter Toperczer
  • Ave Maria
    by G. Verdi
  • Dark Horse
    by David Lanz
  • Dark House
    by David Lanz and Don Davis
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman
    by Shania Twain

Competitive highlightsEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

Pairs with DeschampsEdit

Event 2019–20
Canadian Championships 6th

Pairs with Bartholomay for the United StatesEdit

Event 16–17 17–18 18–19
Worlds 17th
Four Continents 5th
GP Skate America 8th
GP Finland 6th
GP Rostelecom Cup WD
CS Finlandia Trophy 6th
CS Golden Spin 6th 3rd
CS Nebelhorn 3rd
CS Ondrej Nepela 2nd
CS U.S. Classic 6th
U.S. Champ. 4th 3rd 3rd
Eastern Sect. 1st

Ladies' singles for the United StatesEdit

Event 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01
GP Skate Canada 5th
Karl Schäfer 2nd
International: Junior[8]
Junior Worlds 2nd
JGP Final 1st
JGP Norway 1st
JGP Slovenia 5th
U.S. Champ. 1st N 9th WD
Midwestern 1st I 6th N 1st N
Junior Olympics 2nd V 2nd I
Upper Great Lakes 1st V 2nd N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate; N = Novice
WD = Withdrew


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