(April 1, 2009) – On March 26, 2009 the Canadian Olympic Committee inducted six new entries into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Among them were Canadian Pair Champions and Olympic gold medalists Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. The pair were officially inducted at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremony in Vancouver, B.C.
Salé and Pelletier’s passionate performance in 2002 earned them a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Their performance at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games is etched in the memories of sports fans. To the cinematic theme of "Love Story," Salé and Pelletier skated an essentially flawless free program in the final that appeared to have won them the gold medal. But their final scores earned the pair a silver medal, behind the Russians. Several days later, it was revealed that a judge from France had voted for the Russian pair as part of a vote-swapping plan. Amid huge controversy, the International Skating Union announced that Salé and Pelletier would be awarded the gold medal, sharing first place with the Russians.
“Having our lifelong dream come true of making the Olympic team and coming home with a gold medal was extremely special and rewarding for both of us,” said Salé. “Making it into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame is a great honour and we feel very fortunate to have been nominated. It is always extraordinary to be put in a class with so many fantastic athletes who have worked so hard and dedicated a part of their lives to accomplish their goals.”
Congratulations to both Jamie and David!
Also inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009:
2002 Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team
2002 Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey Team
Howard Firby (coach, swimming)
Dr. Robert Hindmarch (builder, hockey)
Dr. Jean Grenier (Canadian Olympic Order, speed skating)
Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press