Ice-dancing favorite Stef Reid isn’t the only Paralympic athlete in her family as her husband Brent Lakatos is also a medalist – and he knows the dangers of ice skating
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Stef Reid is married to another incredible Paralympic athlete who has been paralysed in a freak figure skater.
The Dancing on the ice The star is being cheered on from the sidelines by Canadian wheelchair runner Brent Lakatos.
Having had a horrible accident on the ice as a child, Brent certainly knows all about the dangers of skating but is incredibly proud of his wife’s achievement on the ice. ITV only.
Brent was just 6 years old when he fell while playing ice hockey – with the impact forming a blood clot on his spine, leading to paralysis.
According to Stef, who lost her right foot in a horrific boat accident when she was 16, her husband was “lucky to be alive”.
Stef told The Mirror last month: ‘Brent uses a wheelchair, his disability is obvious whereas if I were wearing trousers you probably wouldn’t be able to tell,’ Stef told The Mirror. last month, explain how they face discrimination.
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“When we went to a restaurant, there was a time when Brent made a reservation but the bill came to me. The strange assumption was that someone with a disability couldn’t handle the bill.
“Then one of my favorite moments was I was in a grocery store and I was wearing shorts and a mother said to her five-year-old daughter, ‘Don’t stare, Honey, it’s got a bad pair of legs’.
“I listened to see what the girl was going to say, she thought and said, ‘No, she doesn’t, she has robotic legs,’ and continued. It’s brilliant.”
Both had terrible accidents as children that turned their world upside down, both Stef and Brent have similar views on life and want to live life to the fullest.
Both have shown incredible determination in recovering from injuries and using sport as an outlet.
Stef won bronze in the women’s 200m T44 for Canada at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, then moved on to compete for Team GB and won silver at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the F44 long jump.
While Brent, who started in wheelchair basketball, has won a staggering 11 medals at three Paralympic Games as a T53 wheelchair racer, including a gold in the 100m in Rio 2016.
The 41-year-old Canadian tennis player also won the London Marathon in 2020 with an unbelievable time of 1:36:04.
Brent, who lives in the UK with Stef, must have found it very difficult to watch his wife skate on the ice, especially since she had suffered a nasty fall during early practice.
When Stef announced she would be joining Dancing on Ice, she said, “He rolled his eyes and said, ‘Stefanie, you’re crazy,’ but he thinks so anyway.”
Brent added: “But that’s also why I love you because you’re ridiculous and think you can do anything – good for you, just do it.”
If watching Stef plunge is scary, he hasn’t shown her his nerves yet and has always been a constant source of support.
“He kept track of all my lifts. He would tell me straight, and he would say, ‘You did a great job.’ He said I skate better than he thought,” she laughs. .
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As for Stef, she tripped at the age of 15 while flying off an inflatable hoop being towed by a boat on a lake in Canada.
There was a miscommunication between the driver and the spotter so they didn’t see her and Stef decided to dive into the water to save himself.
‘I was in the water for a long time and when I finally got to the surface, gasping for air, I felt no pain,’ she told The Mirror in 2016.
“My first thought was ‘How lucky. I won’t tell my mom it happened! “Then I noticed the water around me was red, everyone on the boat panicked and I knew something was wrong.
“Even though I couldn’t see my wound under the water, the propeller caught my right leg, buttock and lower back. I didn’t know it, but it almost cut me in half.
“What I do know is that there is too much blood. I have no feeling in my right foot and I thought I was going to die.”
* Dancing on Ice airs tonight on ITV at 6pm
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