2000 Canadian Sport Awards
ALSO ON SLAM!
Jamie Salé and David Pelletier - Figure Skating
Nominated by the Canadian Figure Skating AssociationAfter forming their partnership just over a year ago, Jamie Salé and David Pelletier took the Canadian pair-skating scene by storm. Beautifully matched, they turned in outstanding performances, but paid the price in injuries and were forced to withdraw from the world championships. This season, they came back with a vengeance.
In what can only be described as a stunning upset, Salé and Pelletier won their first gold medal together at the 1999 Skate America International event in October. Skating a flawless short program and a near-perfect free program, they defeated the two-time world champions, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikhuralidze.
Performing their free program to music from the classic movie Love Story, the dynamic duo thrilled the audience with spectacular throw triple jumps and fast and powerful lifts, all combined with sensitivity to the music and great attention to choreographic detail. Their performance was the talk of the competition.
Not content to rest on their well-deserved laurels, Salé, of Edmonton, and Pelletier, of Boucherville, Que., went on to compete at the Sparkassen Cup on Ice in Germany against another world-class field. Again skating near-perfect performances in both the short and free programs, they came home with the silver medal, having defeated the second- and third-place finishers from the 1999 world championships. This inspiring result assured them a place at the ISU Grand Prix final - the first Canadian pair to do so in the event's five-year history - where they placed fifth against the top pair teams in the world.
Salé and Pelletier's 1999 results augur well when they take to the ice at the 2000 world championships later this week in France.