Thursday, November 4, 2010

Favorite Figure Skating Memories #3: Sale and Pelletier's 2002 Olympic Free Skate

Unless you were living under a rock during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, you should remember the pairs free skate. Sale and Pelletier of Canada were a close 2nd after the short program to Russian rivals Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze. When the Russian's bobbled in the free skate, the Canadians needed a clean program to secure the gold medal. They did exactly that, but they did not win gold, much to the surprise of the commentators and viewers worldwide. The Russians stood atop the podium, but as we later found out, the French judge had been bribed by her federation to give the nod to the Russians and when her vote was discounted, the Canadians and Russians were tied. A few days later, they were awarded co-gold medals. Here is Sale and Pelletier's free skate to "Love Story," a program that is as close to perfect as I have ever seen and one of my favorite figure skating memories.

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