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Rebecca Budig Is First Champion of 'Skating with the Stars'

December 22, 2010 (4:20 am) GMT
The soap opera actress claimed the silver-covered skate trophy after her name was called out as the first season's winner.

failed to take the trophy of "" for it was snatched by "" star, Rebecca Budig. In the December 21 finale of the new reality competition show, Budig scored a perfect 10 in her performance while Frankel took in 51 out of 60.

"I owe all of this to [professional partner] Fred [Palascak], who is an unbelievable teacher. I've said it a hundred times, but honestly, I owe it all to him," Budig said after her win. "This is such a shock! I can't believe it."

After five weeks, Budig and Frankel were in the final two. Judges said that Budig had "the mark of a champion" and is "a world class skater" but they also praised Frankel for her willingness to improve her skill and for being a fighter.

The finale included also performances from each of the previously eliminated contestants such as third placer Jonny Moseley.

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