- David Pelletier
Salé and Pelletier compete at the 2002 Grand Prix Final
Personal information Country represented Canada Born November 22, 1974 Residence Edmonton, Alberta Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Partner Jamie Salé Former partner Caroline Roy, Julie Laporte, Allison Gaylor Former coach Jan Ullmark
Former choreographer Lori Nichol Skating club CPA Pierrefonds Retired 2002 Olympic medal record Figure skating Competitor for Canada Gold 2002 Salt Lake City Pairs
David Jacques Pelletier (born November 22, 1974) is a Canadian pairs figure skater. With his partner Jamie Salé, he was the co-gold medal winner at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. They shared the gold medal with the Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games figure skating scandal.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Partnership with Jamie Salé
- 3 Battle of the Blades
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Competitive results
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and career
Pelletier was born in Sayabec, Quebec. He achieved early success as a pair skater with Julie Laporte. They won both the novice and junior titles at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed 7th at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 1992. Despite these accomplishments, Pelletier felt his career needed a "shake up" and paired up with Allison Gaylor. They trained in part with Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and had their biggest success in 1995 when they captured the 1995 Canadian silver medal and represented Canada at the World Figure Skating Championships in Birmingham, England where they placed 15th. That same year, as a single skater, Pelletier placed second in the short program of the men's event at the Canadian championships. He struggled in the long program, falling to fourth overall.
After failing to reach the podium the next two years, Pelletier and Gaylor split and Pelletier paired up with young singles skater Caroline Roy. Just before the 1998 Canadian championships, Pelletier's former partner Julie Laporte was killed in a car accident. Pelletier and Roy had a strong skate, but placed 6th and split soon after the event.
Partnership with Jamie Salé
Pelletier asked coach Richard Gauthier to help him find another partner, and he suggested Salé. They traveled to Edmonton in February 1998 to try out with Salé again. "The first time we grabbed hands, it was just great," said Pelletier, and by the next month Salé had moved to Montreal to skate with him.
The Canadian Figure Skating Association invited the pair to compete at Skate Canada, where they immediately made a statement by placing second in the short program, ahead of reigning Canadian Champions Kristy Sargeant and Kris Wirtz, and third in the long program to win the bronze medal. Because of their success, they were invited to the NHK Trophy in Japan and brought home another bronze medal.
Their fall successes made them favorites for the Canadian title, but they struggled technically and finished second. The silver medal earned them a spot on the Four Continents and World teams, but Pelletier's back pain forced the pair to withdraw from both competitions. They would ultimately spend two months off the ice recuperating.
In the summer of 1999, Gaulthier enlisted the help of Lori Nichol, a Canadian choreographer, to choreograph Salé & Pelletier's programs for the upcoming season. Nichol created a tango piece for their short program, and, after a suggestion from coach Marijane Stong, set their long program to music from the movie Love Story. The programs got off to a good start. At the 1999 Skate America, Salé & Pelletier won both the short and the long programs, defeating the two-time and reigning world champions, Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze. At the Nations Cup, their second Grand Prix event, they finished second. However, at the Grand Prix Final, they made several errors in both programs and finished fifth.
They competed at the 2000 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Salé's hometown. The two skated a strong short program and a nearly flawless long program, earning five 6.0 marks in presentation—the first for a pair at the championships. Sale & Pelletier captured another 6.0 and the gold medal at the Four Continents Championships in Osaka, Japan. In the 2000 World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France, they were third after the short program due to an error in a spin. They dropped in the long program, finishing fourth overall.
Salé and Pelletier returned to Lori Nichol for their 2000-01 programs. She choreographed a jazzy short to "Come Rain or Come Shine" and a dramatic, mature long to Wagner's opera "Tristan und Isolde." They returned to Skate America and Skate Canada that fall, winning both over Shen/Zhao and Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze, respectively. Berezhnaia/Sikharulidze then narrowly defeated them at Trophée Lalique.
The pair was again a great hit at the 2001 Canadian Championships in Winnipeg, but did not earn the string of 6.0s that "Love Story" had brought them the previous year. They went on to win again at Four Continents in Salt Lake City, the site for the 2002 Olympics, and dusted off "Love Story" to win the Grand Prix Final - despite Sale missing the side by side triple toe loop in all three phases of the competition.
The 2001 World Championships were held in Vancouver, and Salé and Pelletier entered as heavy favorites. Trouble on the side by side jumps landed them in third place in the short program, but the team was placed first in the long program despite Salé singling a side-by-side double axel. They were the first Canadian pair to win Worlds since Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler in 1993, and the first pair to win at a Worlds held in Canada since Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini in 1984. They would later win the Lou Marsh Trophy as outstanding Canadian athlete in 2001.
2002 Winter Olympics
Salé and Pelletier again demonstrated early success in the 2001-02 season, winning both Skate America and Skate Canada with their new short program to "Adagio Sostenuno" by Rachmaninoff, nicknamed "Orchid" for its flower theme. Perhaps more importantly, they demonstrated technical consistency in both competitions.
The Grand Prix Final, held in Kitchener, Ontario, was important because it was the only chance to test their programs against the top contenders before the Olympics. Despite a rough performance of "Orchid" in the short program, Salé and Pelletier once again won skating a flawless performance of "Love Story" for their long program. They headed into the 2002 Canadian Championships in Hamilton, Ontario with confidence, having defeated Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze, their biggest rivals. They were able to win the title despite a badly flawed long program.
The pressure for the Olympics was intense. Despite several silvers and bronzes, Canada had only won two gold medals in figure skating, in 1948 and 1960, and it was hoped by many that Salé and Pelletier would do well. They skated a clean short program, only to trip and fall on their closing pose. Because the fall was not on an element, it did not receive a deduction. The pair placed second behind Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze. In the long program, Sale and Pelletier also placed second. A minor jump step out error from Sikharulidze and a clean program from the Canadians had convinced some they had won the gold but when the judges' scores came up, Salé and Pelletier had been placed second in the long program. Five judges had awarded the long program to Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze, and only four to Salé and Pelletier. This result spurred an outcry from the North American media and booing from many audience members, but Salé and Pelletier accepted the silver medal. After the competition, the French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne admitted she had been pressured by the head of her federation, Didier Gailhaguet, into awarding the long program to the Russians and a judging controversy quickly blew up. The scandal ultimately resulted in the suspension of several judges and officials. The results of the competition were discarded and Salé and Pelletier were awarded a second set of gold medals in a special ceremony later in the week.
The controversy resulted in several changes to the judging system after Salt Lake City. First anonymous judging was incorporated to "relieve outside pressure" from judges by separating their names from their marks so pressurers could not assert whether the judge had acted as they wished or not. The ISU Judging System, based on a Code of Points rather than a 6.0 scale, was adopted for use in the Grand Prix season of 2003-04, and for all 2004-05 competitions and thereafter.
Battle of the Blades
On August 22, 2011, CBC television announced that Pelletier would compete in Season 3 of their figure skating competition TV program Battle of the Blades. He was paired with hockey player Tessa Bonhomme, and on November 14, 2011, the pair won the $100,000 first prize for the charities of their choice, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta (Pelletier) and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation ‘CIBC Run for the Cure’ – Sudbury Run Site (Bonhomme).
Pelletier proposed to Salé on Christmas Day of 2004 in front of his parents and Salé's mother. The couple was married on December 30, 2005 at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada. In 2006, they served as commentators on the television program Olympic Ice which aired on USA Network during the Winter Olympics in Torino Italy. Pelletier and Salé welcomed their first child, a boy named Jesse Joe Pelletier, on September 30, 2007 at the Sturgeon Community Hospital and Health Centre in St. Albert, Alberta. Pelletier currently plays on the current champion of the division 3 men's league team the Kodiaks ll in the Edmonton Recreational Hockey League in Edmonton.
Filed for divorce
In June 2010, Salé and Pelletier announced plans to divorce following an 18-month separation. They plan to continue skating together and share custody of their son.
(with Jamie Salé)
Event 1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 Winter Olympic Games 1st World Championships 4th 1st Four Continents Championships 1st 1st Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st Grand Prix Final 5th 1st 1st Skate America 1st 1st 1st Skate Canada International 3rd 1st 1st Nations Cup 2nd Trophée Lalique 2nd NHK Trophy 3rd Canadian Open 1st Masters of Figure Skating 4th
(with Caroline Roy)
Event 1997-1998 Canadian Championships 6th
(with Allison Gaylor)
Event 1993-1994 1994-1995 1995-1996 1996-1997 World Championships 15th Canadian Championships 8th 2nd 5th 6th Nations Cup 12th
(with Julie Laporte)
Event 1991-1992 1992-1993 World Junior Championships 5th 7th
- World Team Challenge: 1st place (Team)
- Ice Wars: 2nd place (Team)
- Hallmark Skaters' Championship: 1st place
- Sears Canadian Open: 1st place
- Canadian Figure Skating Championships: 4th place
- ^ "* Index * Jamie Sale". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/topics/photo/Jamie+Sale/0eKh0bEgTleju/2.
- ^ Little, Lyndon (23 January 2009). "Sale, Pelletier among inductees into Olympic Hall of Fame". The Vancouver Sun (Postmedia Network Inc.). Archived from the original on 8 May 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/5yX40cgXv. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- ^ http://www.cbc.ca/battle/index.html
- ^ David Pelletier and Jamie Salé Marriage Profile
- ^ Olympic Figure Skaters Wed : People.com
- ^ Ice Skaters Jamie Salé & David Pelletier Have a Son - Birth : People.com
- ^ http://www.erhl.ca/sites/7777/page.asp?Site=9842&page=Teams&LeagueID=9842&SeasonID=1&TeamID=22&Section=Roster
- ^ "Olympic gold medallists Salé, Pelletier divorce". CBC.ca. 4 June 2010. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskating/story/2010/06/04/sp-sale-pelletier-divorce.html. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- The Official Website of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier
- David Pelletier at the International Skating Union
- David Pelletier at the Internet Movie Database
Olympic champions in figure skating - Pairs
1908: Anna Hübler & Heinrich Burger • 1920: Ludowika Jakobsson & Walter Jakobsson • 1924: Helene Engelmann & Alfred Berger • 1928: Andrée Joly & Pierre Brunet • 1932: Andrée Brunet & Pierre Brunet • 1936: Maxi Herber & Ernst Baier • 1948: Micheline Lannoy & Pierre Baugniet • 1952: Ria Baran & Paul Falk • 1956: Sissy Schwarz & Kurt Oppelt • 1960: Barbara Wagner & Robert Paul • 1964: Ludmila Belousova & Oleg Protopopov • 1968: Ludmila Belousova & Oleg Protopopov • 1972: Irina Rodnina & Alexei Ulanov • 1976: Irina Rodnina & Alexander Zaitsev • 1980: Irina Rodnina & Alexander Zaitsev • 1984: Elena Valova & Oleg Vasiliev • 1988: Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov • 1992: Natalia Mishkutenok & Artur Dmitriev • 1994: Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov • 1998: Oksana Kazakova & Artur Dmitriev • 2002: Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze and Jamie Salé & David Pelletier • 2006: Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin • 2010: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo
Four Continent champions in figure skating – Pairs
1999: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2000–01: Jamie Salé & David Pelletier • 2002: Pang Qing & Tong Jian • 2003: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2004: Pang Qing & Tong Jian • 2005: Zhang Dan & Zhang Hao • 2006: Rena Inoue & John Baldwin • 2007: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2008-09: Pang Qing & Tong Jian • 2010: Zhang Dan & Zhang Hao • 2011: Pang Qing & Tong Jian
Grand Prix Final champions in figure skating – Pairs
1995-96: Evgenia Shishkova & Vadim Naumov • 1996-97: Mandy Wötzel & Ingo Steuer • 1997-98: Elena Berezhnaya & Anton Sikharulidze • 1998-99: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 1999-2000: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2000-01: Jamie Salé & David Pelletier • 2001-02: Jamie Salé & David Pelletier • 2002-03: Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin • 2003-04: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2004-05: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2005-06: Tatiana Totmianina & Maxim Marinin • 2006-07: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2007-08: Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy • 2008-09: Pang Qing & Tong Jian • 2009-10: Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo • 2010-11: Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy
Canadian champions in figure skating – Pairs
1905–06: Katherine Haycock & Ormond Haycock • 1908: Aimee Haycock & Ormond Haycock • 1910–11: Lady Evelyn Grey & Ormond Haycock • 1912: Eleanor Kingsford & Douglas Nelles • 1913: Muriel Burrows & Gordan McLennan • 1914: Norman Scott & Jean Chevalier • 1920: Alden Godwin & Douglas Nelles • 1921: Beatrice McDougall & Allan Howard • 1922: Alden Godwin & A. G. McLennan • 1923: Marjorie Anable & Duncan Hodgson • 1924: Elizabeth Blair & John Machado • 1925: Gladys Rogers & Melville Rogers • 1926: Constance Wilson-Samuel & Errol Morson • 1927–28: Marion McDougall & Chauncey Bangs • 1929–30: Constance Wilson-Samuel & Montgomery Wilson • 1931: Chauncey Bangs & Frances Claudet • 1932–34: Constance Wilson-Samuel & Montgomery Wilson • 1935: Louise Bertram & Stewart Reburn • 1936–38: Veronica Clarke & Ralph McCreath • 1939–40: Norah McCarthy & Ralph McCreath • 1941–42: Eleanor O'Meara & Ralph McCreath • 1945: Olga Bernyk & Alex Fulton • 1946: Joyce Perkins & Wallace Diestelmeyer • 1947: Suzanne Morrow & Wallace Diestelmeyer • 1948: Suzanne Morrow & Wallace Diestelmeyer • 1949–50: Marlene Smith & Donald Gilchrist • 1951: Jane Kirby & Donald Tobiny • 1952–55: Frances Dafoe & Norris Bowden • 1956–60: Barbara Wagner & Robert Paul • 1961–62: Maria Jelinek & Otto Jelinek • 1962–64: Debbi Wilkes & Guy Revell • 1965–66: Susan Huehnergard & Paul Huehnergard • 1967–68: Betty McKilligan & John McKilligan • 1969: Anna Forder & Richard Stephens • 1970–74: Sandra Bezic & Val Bezic • 1975–76: Candy Jones & Don Fraser • 1977: Cheri Pinner & Dennis Pinner • 1978: Sherri Baier & Robin Cowan • 1979–83: Barbara Underhill & Paul Martini • 1984: Katherina Matousek & Lloyd Eisler • 1985–87: Cynthia Coull & Mark Rowsom • 1988: Christine Hough & Doug Ladret • 1989: Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler • 1990: Cindy Landry & Lyndon Johnston • 1991–94: Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler • 1995–96: Michelle Menzies & Jean-Michel Bombardier • 1997: Marie-Claude Savard-Gagnon & Luc Bradet • 1998–99: Kristy Sargeant & Kris Wirtz • 2000–02: Jamie Salé & David Pelletier • 2003: Jacinthe Larivière & Lenny Faustino • 2004–06: Valérie Marcoux & Craig Buntin • 2007: Jessica Dubé & Bryce Davison • 2008: Anabelle Langlois & Cody Hay • 2009–10: Jessica Dubé & Bryce Davison • 2011: Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch
Canadian champions in figure skating – Fours
1910: Allan Richardson / Iris Mudge & Jeanne Chevalier / E. V. Hall • 1913: Dorothy White / R. B. Veits & Isobel Sherwin / C. J. Allen • 1914: Dolly Goodeve / O. G. McIntyre & Betty Masson / A. C. Ross • 1920: Jeanne Chevalier / J. Cecil McDougall & Winnifred Tait / Norman M. Scott • 1921: Jeanne Chevalier / Allan Howard & Winnifred Tait / Norman Gregory • 1922-23: Elizabeth Blair / C. R. Morphy & Florence Wilson / P. Chrysler • 1924: Elizabeth Blair / C. R. Morphy & Marion MacDougall / Henry Gill • 1925: Mrs. E. C. Secord / C. R. Morphy & Marion MacDougall / H. R. T. Gill • 1926-27: Cecil Smith / Jack Eastwood & Maude Smith / Montgomery Wilson • 1928: Frances Claudet / Paul Belcourt & Katherine Lopdell / Jack Hose • 1929: Veronica Clarke / John Machado & Margaret Henry / Stewart Reburn • 1930: Mary Littlejohn / G. E. Beament & Elizabeth Fisher / Hubert Sprott • 1931: Mary Littlejohn / Hubert Sprott & Elizabeth Fisher / Jack Hose • 1932: Veronica Clarke / John Machado & Louise Bertram / Stewart Reburn • 1933-34: Elmore Davis / Melville Rogers & Prudence Holbrook / Guy Owen • 1935: Elmore Davis / Guy Owen & Prudence Holbrook / Melville Rogers • 1936-37: Elmore Davis / Melville Rogers & Prudence Holbrook / Guy Owen • 1938: Constance Wilson-Samuel / Montgomery Wilson & Veronica Clarke / Ralph McCreath • 1939: Gillian Watson / Sandy McKechnie & Ruth Hall / Donald Gilchrist • 1940: Ruth Hall / William Calder & Elizabeth Chambers / John Milson • 1941: Tasie McCarthy / Donald Gilchrist & Virginia Wilson / Michael Kirby • 1942: Eleanor O'Meara / Donald Gilchrist & Virginia Wilson / Michael Kirby • 1951: Pat Spray / David Spalding & Gayle Wakely / Norman Walker • 1955: Peggy Lount / Ian Campbell & Jackie Oldham / Clifford Spearing • 1959: Sharron Davis / Dean Akins & Clare Snowdy / Larry Bennett • 1962: Gertrude Desjardins / Maurice Lafrance & Elinor Flack / Phillip McCordic • 1964: Bonnie Anderson / David Dore & Laura Maybee / Greg Folk • 1982: Melinda Kunhegyi / Lyndon Johnston & Becky Gough / Mark Rowsom • 1984: Katherina Matousek / Lloyd Eisler & Melinda Kunhegyi / Lyndon Johnston • 1985: Christine Hough / Doug Ladret & Melinda Kunhegyi / Lyndon Johnston • 1986: Denise Benning / Lyndon Johnston & Isabelle Kourie / Guy Trudeau • 1987: Denise Benning / Lyndon Johnston & Laureen Collin / John Penticost • 1988: Denise Benning / Lyndon Johnston & Christine Hough / Doug Ladret • 1989: Cory Watson / Patricia MacNeil & Christine Hough / Doug Ladret • 1990: Christine Hough / Doug Ladret & Cindy Landry / Lyndon Johnston • 1991-92: Stacey Ball / Jean-Michel Bombardier & Isabelle Brasseur / Lloyd Eisler • 1993: Jodi Barnes / Rob Williams & Jodeyne Higgins / Sean Rice • 1994-96: Jodeyne Higgins / Sean Rice & Alison Purkiss / Scott MacDonald •1997: Allison Gaylor / David Pelletier & Nadine Prenovost / David Annecca
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