Pelletier surprises Sale with ring

Updated: December 29, 2004, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

EDMONTON -- Canadian Olympic figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier are engaged.

Pelletier surprised Sale with an engagement ring on Christmas Day, sending her on a treasure hunt through their Edmonton home to find it. The couple plan to wed next year, between Christmas and New Year's.

"We want a winter wedding, before we go on tour," Sale told Canadian Press on Wednesday. "We think that would be beautiful."

In the pairs competition, Sale and Pelletier were declared joint gold-medal winners with Russia's Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze following a judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Sale and Pelletier leave Thursday for shows in Japan, and begin a U.S. tour in Seattle on Jan. 4.

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