The Olympic champs say they're "very excited about parenthood"

By Lorenzo Benet
October 01, 2007 06:30 PM

Olympic champion pairs skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier welcomed their first child on Sunday.

Their son, Jesse, weighed 7 lbs., and measured 19 inches. He was delivered at Sturgeon Community Hospital and Health Centre in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

“Jamie and I are thrilled and we’re very excited about parenthood,” Pelletier said in a statement. “Jamie was terrific through labor and birth and we’ll be going home [Monday]”.

Canadians Salé and Pelletier began skating together in 1998 and started dating a year later. They got married on Dec. 30, 2005 in Alberta, three years after winning a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

In 2002, the Canadian team was awarded a gold medal after it was discovered their second place finish was the result of vote-rigging, leading to an upheaval in the sport and a host of rule-changes designed to prevent a similar scandal.

The couple continues to perform, and are scheduled to appear in Smucker’s Stars on Ice tour in the U.S. and Canada this spring.

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