Deanna Stellato

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Deanna Stellato
Personal information
Country represented United States
Born (1983-06-22) June 22, 1983 (age 33)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Spouse(s) Michael Dudek
Height 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Partner Nathan Bartholomay
Former coach Cindy Watson-Caprel
Philip Mills
Skating club Wagon Wheel FSC
Former training locations Northbrook, Illinois
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Began skating 1989
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 150.76
2016 Golden Spin
Short program 48.14
2016 Golden Spin
Free skate 102.62
2016 Golden Spin

Deanna Stellato-Dudek[1] (born June 22, 1983) is an American figure skater. As a single skater, she is the 2001 World Junior silver medalist and 2000 Junior Grand Prix Final champion. In 2016, she began competing in pair skating with Nathan Bartholomay.

Personal life[edit]

Stellato was born June 22, 1983 in Park Ridge, Illinois.[2] She is a licensed aesthetician and permanent cosmetic professional.[3] She has worked as the director of aesthetics at the Geldner Center in Chicago.[4] She married a consultant, Michael Dudek, around 2014.[5]


Through 2001[edit]

In the 1999–2000 season, Stellato 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.[6][2]

Stellato began the following season at a U.S.-only team event, the 2000 Keri Lotion Classic, where she was partnered with Michael Weiss.[7] She received a 6.0 for presentation.[3] 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.[8][3] 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.[8] 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.[9] Other injuries in her career included a torn ligament in her right ankle and a fractured left ankle.[3]

Return to skating[edit]

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.[5] 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.[5] In July 2016, Stellato and Bartholomay announced that they had formed a partnership and were based at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex.[10] Coached by Jim Peterson, they train on ice three hours a day, five days a week.[11]

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.


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 highlights[edit]

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

Pairs with Bartholomay[edit]

Event 2016–17
CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 6th
U.S. Championships 4th
Eastern Sectionals 1st

Ladies' singles[edit]

Event 95–96 96–97 97–98 98–99 99–00 00–01
GP Skate Canada 5th
Schäfer Memorial 2nd
International: Junior[6]
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


  1. ^ "2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships Championship Qualifiers" (PDF). U.S. Figure Skating. November 23, 2016. p. 2. Archived from the original on November 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "2000–01 Skater Bios: Deanna Stellato". U.S. Figure Skating. Archived from the original on April 20, 2001. 
  3. ^ a b c d Elfman, Lois (February 4, 2010). "Deanna Stellato has found fulfillment off the ice". 
  4. ^ "Our Staff". The Geldner Center. Archived from the original on July 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Hersh, Philip (January 19, 2017). "Cain, LeDuc grab lead in U.S. championships debut". 
  6. ^ a b c d "Deanna STELLATO". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on July 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Keri Lotion Classic to feature U.S. Stars". ABC Sports / ESPN. October 8, 2000. 
  8. ^ a b "World Junior runner-up withdraws from nationals". Associated Press. ESPN. January 10, 2001. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ Wilson, David (January 16, 2017). "After a 16-year retirement, Deanna Stellato returns to national figure skating stage in Ellenton". Bradenton Herald. 
  10. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (July 14, 2016). "Blast from the past: Stellato restarts career". 
  11. ^ Rutherford, Lynn (January 19, 2017). "Kansas City strips: New pairs shake up status quo". 
  12. ^ a b "Program information". Official website of Deanna Stellato. Archived from the original on December 3, 2001. 

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