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Canada's Sports Hall of Fame tabs Sale, Pelletier

2002 Olympic pairs champions to be inducted in Class of 2012

Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier getting their gold medals in Salt Lake City.
Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier getting their gold medals in Salt Lake City. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(04/19/2012) - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Olympic pairs champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier will be inducted into its Hall of Fame Class of 2012. In addition to capturing gold at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Salé and Pelletier triumphed at the 2001 World Championships, won three Canadian national titles (2000-02) and claimed two Four Continents championships (2000-01). The highly decorated team was also awarded the 2001 Lou Marsh Memorial Trophy, given annually to Canada's top athlete, professional or amateur.

Salé and Pelletier may be most well-known for their involvement in the infamous judging scandal at the Salt Lake City Games, which resulted in their being awarded a second set of gold medals (in addition to those given to Russians Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaia) in a special ceremony. This incident served as the impetus for the development and implementation of the international judging system.

Later, Salé and Pelletier would extend their relationship beyond the ice by getting married in 2005.

The pair was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2006.

Salé and Pelletier will be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame alongside Olympic gold medalist bobsledder Pierre Lueders, World Cup champion speedskater Jeremy Wotherspoon, Canadian soccer pioneer Charmaine Hooper, hockey champion Scott Niedermayer, Olympic gold medalist rower Derek Porter, and sport builders Marion Lay and Daryl "Doc" Seaman. The ceremony will take place on Oct. 18 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

Other prominent figure skaters in the hall of fame included Kurt Browning, Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko.

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary features 12 galleries with more than 50 hands-on interactive exhibits, a collection of more than 95,000 artifacts and a 120-seat theatre.

Information from Canada's Sports Hall of Fame was used in this report.