Even before the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic scandal that resulted in Jamie Sale and David Pelletier being awarded a second gold medal in the figure skating pairs event, the duo was figure skating's sweethearts. They won the world over on the ice with their artistry, passion and innovation and off the ice with their giant smiles and never-ending optimism in the face of adversity -- including a car robbery and a house fire a few weeks before they went on to win the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships gold medal.
Sale and Pelletier are set to stop in Buffalo tonight for the Stars on Ice figure skating show at 7:30 p.m. in HSBC Arena. The show will feature Kurt Browning, Alexei Yagudin, Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze, Todd Eldredge and more. Tickets are $25 to $100 and can be purchased through Tickets.com or by calling (888) 223-6000. Sale recently took some time to chat ahead of her Western New York visit.
You married David in December. What was your wedding day like?
It was magical! It was very exactly, and more, than we expected. We were not stressed out at all, it was fun and it was a nice, small, intimate wedding. It was very beautiful, every aspect of it. It was perfect for us.
What was it like being one of the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2002, 2003 and 2004?
Dave, obviously, for him it's like, "That's my girl!" But for me, it's an honor, but it doesn't make me a better person, it doesn't make me a happier person. What makes me happy is to be an athlete and be put in there with all those gorgeous women who are 5-foot-8 and have perfect bodies.
What was it like being on the commentating end of the figure skating events instead of the competing end at the Turin Olympics?
Way better! We thoroughly enjoyed it. It has its different stress. It's nerve-racking, because you want to do a good job and make sure you're sounding good to the people at home, but it was much more relaxing. We definitely didn't envy the skaters who were competing, because we've already been there and done it, and it's extremely stressful.
What can audiences expect to see at the Stars on Ice show?
This year is about telling people how Stars on Ice got started. It's a show inside a show. Scott Hamilton started Stars on Ice. He used to be in ice capades, but he said, "I don't want to do this. I want to do a show with professionals fresh out of amateur [levels] who can still do their tricks and are stars on ice." We do a dance medley [in the first half], which is us "rehearsing," and the second half is the "dress rehearsal." The finale is really the opening of [the] 2006 [show]. It's interesting, and it's a very different concept.
-- Miyoko Ohtake, Special to The News