Golden Sweetheart Jamie Sale: What's New lately? Flash Back to Olympic Win, Onward to Love, Life & Family

 

Jamie Sale. What does that name conjure up? The Olympics, scandal, rise to fame, gold medals, romance and tragic undoing? There are these and much more that make up the woman; the driven, fiery and beautiful, Alberta born champion figure skater, Ms. Jamie Sale.

It’s been two years since Sale officially hung up her skates, and did so with zero regrets. Life nowadays is a whole new adventure involving motherhood, business endeavours and a second chance at love.

But first, let’s go back to where it all started when at the tender age of five Sale began her journey into the world of figure skating. Up to the age of seven, the determined and energetic youngster was involved in both skating and gymnastics. As her skills evolved she was given an ultimatum to choose one of them to dedicate her heart and soul to full-time. On the spot and without hesitation she decided her fate that day so long ago.

“My mom said I could take time to think about it, but I wanted to skate,” explained Sale. “I still don’t know why to this day…I must have already had a passion at that age.”

She had the makings of a star, so noticed the local skating circles of coaches and recruiters. Her mother loved the arts and drama, while her father was an athlete and the two meshed to form the perfect combination in Sale who naturally blossomed in the glamourous sport.

By age 10 she was skating competitively around the province progressing quickly and enough to capture the attention of judges whom recommended she make the move into pair skating.

Soon her talents grew too much for the restraints of small town Alberta and Sale moved from her hometown of Red Deer to Edmonton to work with first skate partner Jason Turner. The two went on to represent Canada at the 1994 Olympics as the third back up team and came in 12th, a huge feat for a pair that young.

When asked if the Olympics had ever been on her radar, Sale said she watched the 1988 Olympics and dreamed of growing up to be like Liz Manley.

“I said to my mom, ‘I want to do what she’s doing, I want to be there one day.’ People maybe thought I was cocky, but I would walk the talk. I would always say, ‘I’m going to win.”

She carried an inborn confidence and said skating is where she felt free, most happy and even elated at times.

It was also an outlet that she used to cope with bullying she experienced from jealous female peers.

Her world was lonely for some time until she started attending school at Ross Shepard and her social life took a turn for the better. A special ceremony was even held upon her and Turner’s return from the ’94 Olympics.

“I loved it there! People were accepting and we had so many different blends of talents at Shep.”

Fast forward a few years to that moment when the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic pair skating gold winners were announced. With an awkward silence and gasp, followed by astonishment by the press and general public, to learn the top spot would be awarded to the reigning Russian team was hard to swallow for Sale and partner David Pelletier.

The two had skated clean, not perfect Sale pointed out, but it was as perfect as it could have been. The lovers possessed first-class skill and radiated tangible charisma in their performances. Whereas the Russian team had made more than one noticeable mistake.

“We knew something was up. The whole audience reacted. It was the weirdest, creepiest feeling that night in the arena.”

 

 

She remembered feeling devastated and angry that night. Thinking about the future and the implications of what the second place title would mean for their career after they had worked so hard.

The next few days were a whirlwind the likes of which the skating world had never seen.

It seemed fate had other plans indeed, as Sale and Pelletier were propelled into instant super stardom status.

In less than a week following the scandal they were flown across North America to appear on various prime time television programs like Larry King Live, Jay Leno and the Rosie O’Donnell show. The public began a love affair with the underdog duo and the pressure could no longer be ignored by the big wigs in the Olympics.

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