Class of 2006: Athlete
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.