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Baby makes three for Canadian pair

Jamie Sale gives birth to baby boy, Jesse

New parents Jamie Sale and David Pelletier lay with Jesse, their brand new baby boy.
New parents Jamie Sale and David Pelletier lay with Jesse, their brand new baby boy. (Laurie Nealin)

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By Laurie Nealin / icenetwork.com
(10/03/2007) - Canada's most famous figure skating pair became a trio on Sunday, Sept. 30, when Jamie Sale gave birth to a son. Sale and husband David Pelletier named their baby Jesse. He weighed in at seven pounds and measured 19-inches. Reportedly, the labor and delivery went smoothly.

Sale's original due date had been Oct. 10, but Jesse obviously had other plans.

"Jamie and I are beyond thrilled, and we're very excited about the many expected joys of parenthood," Pelletier said in a statement posted on Skate Canada's website. "We would like to thank family, friends and fans for the many well-wishes we have already received."

The couple, who became a cause-celebre in the midst of the 2002 Olympic judging scandal, now live and coach in Edmonton, Alberta, where they trained for the Salt Lake City Games.

Since retiring with their Olympic gold medal in hand, Sale and Pelletier have toured with Stars on Ice in both the U.S. and Canada. This season will be no different as the new parents will head out on the road in the new year. They are scheduled to perform in 20 Stars shows in the U.S. and in all 12 cities on the Canadian tour.

Last spring, when Sale performed in the Canadian Stars on Ice tour, she was in her fourth month of pregnancy and feeling great.

A month from now, Sale and Pelletier fully intend to be in Quebec City as the honorary chairs of HomeSense Skate Canada International, the second stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit. (Icenetwork.com will bring you daily reports and features in its coverage of that event from Nov. 1-4.)

In December, Sale and Pelletier are slated to perform in two holiday-themed shows in British Columbia.

Meanwhile, just more than a month ago, another Canadian figure skating icon welcomed his second son into the world. Kurt Browning and wife Sonia Rodriguez named him Dillon. He, too, weighed seven pounds. Their first child, Gabriel, is four years old.

Browning, a four-time world champion who resides in Toronto, is also a perennial Stars on Ice cast member and will mark his 17th season on the Canadian tour this spring. Browning could be in Quebec City, as well, as an on-air commentator for CBC-TV. His agent David Baden said discussions to that effect are currently underway.

Browning is also the choreographer for reigning world champion Brian Joubert, of France, who will kick off his 2007-08 campaign at Skate Canada.