Olympic Figure Skaters Wed
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01/06/2006 at 03:40 PM EST
For their wedding it came down, as usual, to him, her and a judge. Only this time, Canadian pairs figure skaters David Pelletier and Jamie Sale – who were awarded gold medals at the 2002 Olympics after it was revealed their second-place finish was a result of vote-rigging – didn't have to wait long for the verdict.
After a 15-minute ceremony on Dec. 30 at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada, the judge – a decidedly partial family pal – pronounced the couple husband and wife.
During the ceremony 115 family members and friends held candles as Pelletier, 31, and Sale, 28, exchanged personal vows. Sale, who began dating Pelletier a year after they started skating together in 1998, admits she was "both excited and nervous" to speak her vows; as a surprise to her French-speaking Quebecois groom, Sale told him "that I love his smile, how he laughs, and that he’s my soulmate" in his native tongue.
"It was," says Pelletier, "very emotional for me."
Before a dinner featuring smoked trout, sushi and maple sugar pie, the two, who went back to work on the Smucker's Stars on Ice tour a week after the wedding, took their first dance to Shania Twain's "From This Moment."
After the night of dancing ended at 12:30 a.m., says Sale, "We were like, 'It's over already?’” Nah, just beginning.
Sale, for one, loves the new feeling she gets every time she looks at Pelletier. As she says: "Wow. That’s my husband."