Glenora pair fifth, making Sale & Pelletier proud

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 6:44 AM ET

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jamie Sale & David Pelletier flew in here yesterday to support their kids like a good pair of parents.

\"They\'re like mom and dad,\'\' said Anabelle Langlois.

\"We were so happy they came here. They greeted us at their hotel. They gave us encouragement.

\"They know Jan Ullmark is a great coach. They\'re the reason we moved to Edmonton. They came here and were so positive for us and it worked.

\"Fifth at Worlds was our goal when we started the season and that\'s where we\'ve ended up.\'\'

Langlois and Patrice Archetto did their pseudo-parents proud as they skated a strong free skate final to follow their stunning sixth-place short program skate.

They weren\'t with gold medal winners Xue Shen & Honbo Zhao of China, silver medallists Tatianaria Totmianina & Maxim Marinin of Russia or bronze medallists Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov of Russia on the podium, but they could see themselves up there in the future from where they finished - fifth overall against pairs who have been together a lot longer than the Edmonton Royal Glenora duo.

Finishing in 12th at the Salt Lake Olympics and moving up to 10th at the Worlds in Japan, the pair which Ullmark now coaches in the absence of Sale & Pelletier definitely put themselves in podium play to begin this Olympic quadrennial.

\"Our goal is to be on the podium three years from now at the Olympics,\'\' said Archetto.

\"You have to compete from year to year to get there, but we put ourselves where we wanted to be at this point.\'\'

Langlois said so far, so good.

\"We\'re really, really happy with this. We finished the season strong.\'\'

While the two both popped side-by-side triple Salchows and while they faded somewhat from a strong start, they definitely identified themselves as comers.

\"We were better at Four Continents, better again at the Grand Prix finals and better again at Worlds,\'\' she said.

\"The teams on the podium were there before we even started together.\'\'

The two, who messed up at Canadians this year in Saskatoon and finished second to Jacinthe Lariviere and Lenny Faustino, left the other Canadian pair well in the rear view mirror here.

After a disastrous short program, Lariviere and Faustino recovered somewhat in the long to finish 13th at these Worlds. The combined finish is 18 - safely under the total of 28 which will allow Canada to send two pairs to Worlds next year in Germany.

The two will go home to Montreal and return to Edmonton in a couple of weeks.

\"We need two new programs,\'\' she said. \"If I hear our music one more time I\'ll break the machine.\'\'


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