(December 12, 2007)
The Parade of Champions is always a special moment at the conclusion of a competition when the pressure is off, and skaters can share a unique program created exclusively for their fans. This year’s 2008 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships will have an extra-special moment, as the 2002 Olympic Pair Champions, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier will take part in the Parade of Champions.
Following the Senior Women’s Free Program, Jamie and David will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame during a formal on-ice presentation. Following the official ceremony, they will don their skates and participate with the newly-crowned Canadian Champions and medalists in the exhibition program. It is the first time that Skate Canada Hall of Fame inductees will skate immediately following their induction.
From 2000 to 2002, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier won three consecutive Canadian Champions in Pairs. They were the 2001 ISU World Figure Skating Champions, winning the event in Vancouver, and went on to win the Gold Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
Since retiring from eligible competition they have continued skating professionally, working with young skaters from their home base in Edmonton, and are the proud parents of a baby boy, Jesse, born this past September.
The 2008 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships take place January 16-20, 2008 at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, B.C. Tickets for the Parade of Champions also include admission to the Senior Women’s Free Program on Sunday, January 20th. Ticket prices are $40 for the lower bowl and $35 for the upper bowl, plus applicable surcharges.
Tickets are available by phone at 604.280.4444, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.