Jamie Salé and David Pelletier
When Alberta's Jamie Salé and Quebec's David Pelletier joined forces in March of 1998 it marked the beginning of a partnership that would captivate the skating world and the nation. Bringing together their experiences as singles skaters and as members of other pair teams, their chemistry was instant and record setting.
In just four years they claimed a total of 15 gold medals, standing atop the podium multiple times at such international events as Skate America, Skate Canada, Four Continents and the Grand Prix Finals. Skating their legendary long program 'Love Story' at the 2000 Canadian Championships, they brought the crowd to their feet, and many to tears, garnering an unprecedented five perfect 6.0 scores and their first of three consecutive national titles.
Their electrifying long program at the 2001 ISU World Championships in Vancouver earned them gold and the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athletes of the Year. Exhibiting style and grace both on and off the ice, their memorable performance at the controversial 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City captured Canada's first Olympic gold medal in figure skating in 42 years and the respect and admiration of people around the world. Retiring from amateur competition following the 2002 Olympics they went on to enjoy a successful professional skating career.
Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2006.
Arriving in Canada in the early 1950s, this two-time British pairs champion and World and Olympic competitor, dedicated over half a century to the development of figure skating in his adopted homeland.
Starting his career in Schumacher he went on to coach at various clubs in Ontario and in the U.S. It was at those clubs, and through his over 40 years of heading up the Silverthorne Skating School, that he passed on his knowledge and passion for skating to thousands of skaters and their families. A Master Coach he served on the Figure Skating Coaches of Canada board and on advisory committees, leading many training seminars throughout his long career.
Included amongst his list of students was Donald McPherson who he led to the top of the world podium in 1963, and into the record books, as the first man to claim the Canadian, North American and World Men’s titles all in one season and the youngest man to claim the World crown.
His impact on the sport of figure skating in Canada is not just evident in the world champion skater he produced but in the number of his students who are carrying on his legacy through their continued involvement in skating as volunteers, judges and coaches.