Born in Calgary and raised in Red Deer, Jamie Salé trained at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton as both a singles and pairs figure skater. After winning gold at the Canadian Junior Championships with her first skating partner Jason Turner, Jamie competed in the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics as one of Canada’s youngest ever Olympians.
In 1998 she joined with Quebecois skater David Pelletier to create a partnership that would go on to dominate the following years of pairs skating. Their breath-taking holds, spectacular throws and passionate performances led to ten straight international gold medals at events such as the Skate Canada International, the Four Continents Championships, the ISU Grand Prix Final, and the World Championships, in addition to three gold medals at the Canadian National Championships. At the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, the pair skated a near perfect competition but were controversially denied the gold medal which was awarded to the Russian team of Elena Berezhanaya and Anton Sikharulidze. The resulting judging scandal made headlines worldwide and Jamie and David were subsequently awarded a gold medal.
Jamie has been a frequent performer for Stars on Ice, and won the first season of the CBC’s Battle of the Blades in 2009 with ex-Oiler and hockey commentator Craig Simpson. The two were married in June of 2012 and Jamie returned to the show for the final season in 2013 as a judge alongside fellow Albertan Kurt Browning. Jamie is a proud supporter of the Special Olympics and is a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada. She has also been involved in numerous national and provincial charities such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre. Jamie is a proud mother of two beautiful children, Jesse and Sam, and continues to be based in Edmonton.
Jamie Salé will perform Arabesque: Music From the Ice on October 20 & 21, 2017