Jamie Sale & David Pelletier 2004 Figure Skating Team
Figure Skating Team - Inducted 2004
Jamie Sale was born in Red Deer, Alberta, and David Pelletier was born in Sayabec, Quebec started skating at a very young age. Jamie made her pair's Olympic debut at the 1994 Lillehammer Games at the age of 16 and later that year decided to pursue a singles career. She placed fifth as a solo at the 1995 Canadian Nationals in Halifax. David was an avid hockey player at the age of 15 when he made the choice to focus on figure skating.
On March 10, 1998, Jamie and David brought together their talents and love for the sport and officially became a pairs team. The pair were faced with many challenges when injuries struck both Jamie and David. Taking into account the time lost to injuries, the pair had been skating together for only a year when they came back to win the 1999 Skate America. They went on to win it again in 2000 and 2001.
In 2000, Jamie and David won the first of their three Canadian Championships and became the first pairs team ever to receive five perfect “6.0” scores. They won the World Championships in 2001, Skate Canada in 2000 and 2001, Four Continents Championships in 2000 and 2001, Hallmark Challenge Skaters Championships in 2002, Sears Open Figure Skating Championships in 2002, Grand Prix Final in 2001 and 2002, Ice Wars Championships in 2003 and the 2003 World Team Challenge.
The culmination of a lifelong dream came for Jamie and David in February 2002, when they won a Gold medal at the Salt Lake City Olympics. During an unprecedented Olympic controversy, they won the hearts of millions of fans around the world for the incredible grace and dignity they had demonstrated both on and off the ice.
Jamie Sale and David Pelletier have been honoured and recognized for their exceptional qualities and talents with the Lou Marsh Trophy, the Golden Jubilee Award, the Canadian Sports Partners of the Year, Team of the Year, and the Paul Harris Fellowship.
Post 2002 Olympic Games
Jamie and David turned professional and toured North America with Stars on Ice. They have been commentators for TV including at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games for CTV. Both participated in different seasons of CBC's Battle of the Blades, which put together a figure skater and a hockey player, to become a pairs team.
Awards and Honours
2001 - Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy
2006 - Skate Canada Hall of Fame
2009 - Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame
2012 - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
2009 - Jamie was teamed up with Craig Simpson on CBC'S Battle of the Blades. They won the competition. During the second season she was teamed up with Theoren Fleury. David was a choreographer for the show.
2010 - joined the CTV 2010 Vancouver Olympic broadcast crew - they called the men's and pairs events, and wrote for the CTV Olympic website leading up to the Games.
2011 - David was on Battle of the Blades - paired with Tessa Bonhomme a member of the Canadian Women's Hockey team. They won the first place prize of $100,000 to go to their charities of choice.
2013 - Jamie will be a judge on CBC's Battle of the Blades this season.
2005-2010 - Jamie and David married, and had one child. They divorced in 2010.
2012 - Jamie married former hockey player Craig Simpson. They had a child in 2013.