Sale melts hearts in the heat

JEFFERSON HAGEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

There were no triple Axels to be seen yesterday at Valley Ridge but plenty of Jamie Sale charm was served up for spectators to enjoy. Wearing a beaming smile despite labouring through 36 holes in the searing heat, Sale was obviously enjoying yesterday\'s Wayne Gretzky & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am.

And that\'s despite not knowing just how many holes she had play.

\"I got here yesterday evening and I ran into Craig Simpson and he was telling me he\'s golfing 36 holes and I went \'ah, joker, have fun,\' \" Sale said.

\"We were just totally making fun of him and then we got to the draft and found out Dave (Pelletier) and I are both golfing 36 (holes). I have a hard enough time golfing 18,\" said Sale of she and pairs figure skating partner Pelletier, gold medallists in Salt Lake City last year before turning pro.

\"Then I got out here today and my teams are so awesome, both this morning and now,\" Sale added. \"I\'m having so much fun. I\'m playing better than I think I\'ve ever played.\"

Now a year-and-a-half removed from the judging controversy that initially cost Sale and Pelletier Olympic gold, the Red Deer native is enjoying her pro career.

The duo recently wrapped up a 72-date Stars On Ice tour and is working on choreography for three pro competitions this fall.

Sale admitted she\'s not sure about the new judging system being implemented in amateur figure skating, partly because she hasn\'t seen it in action.

\"Right now, I\'m feeling really glad that I\'m out,\" she said. \"I think the system we had before was fine, it\'s just the people in it, the corruption that\'s going on.

\"I think what (the new system is) going to cause is a lot of confusion for the spectators but they can\'t stop watching. They\'ve got to love it for the sport, not for the judging.

\"Everybody knows anything that\'s judged has problems. It\'s not just figure skating.\"


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