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Mar 25, 2024

"Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure." --Aisha Tyler

Never Too Late: Becoming a World Champion at 40

Deanna Stellato-Dudek, a retired figure skater, made history at the ripe athletic age of 40, becoming the oldest woman ever to win a World Figure Skating Championship. After a series of injuries pushed her to retire from skating at the age of 17 in 2001, Stellato-Dudek went on with her life -- becoming a successful aesthetician and getting married. The unfinished saga of her athletic journey, though, drew her back. In her 30s, the trailblazer rekindled her love for ice, this time as a pairs skater, taking on the dangers of the sport and competing with talented athletes half her age. She endures two to three extra hours of training nightly to prepare her 40-year-old body for training the next day. Her extraordinary journey symbolizes that it's never too late to chase your dreams. She proudly owns her age, encouraging not only athletes but everyone everywhere not to stop short or hold back from reaching their potential.


Take one small step towards a goal or dream that's been in the back of your mind. It could be as simple as doing research or enrolling in a related class. Remember, it's never too late to reach your full potential.