Olympic champions David Pelletier, 32, and Jamie Salé, 29, are finishing Stars On Ice, which ends this Friday, but they’re leaving the tour with a little something extra – Jamie is almost four pregnant – she’s 15 weeks on Wednesday – and due on October 10th. They discussed the pregnancy with the Canadian press.
On skating while pregnant: I was more paranoid when I first found out than I am now. I didn’t know what to expect but as the weeks and months have gone by I’m still feeling good so it doesn’t bother me. We’re taking it show by show. We’re both aware there are some things are more difficult now that I’m five pounds heavier. He’s got to lift me 15 times (during a show) so it’s definitely more exhausting for him.
She writes on her message board - FYI, I’m not the 1st skater to do this so I knew what was coming or what to expect.
On planning the pregnancy and how she’s feeling: Obviously, we’re very, very excited about the news. It’s something we’d planned since we got married and we tried to plan it around our work. We’re just thrilled. Our families off and on the ice are very excited for us. I feel great, which is lucky for what I do. It’d be a long tour if I wasn’t feeling good.
On finding out Jamie was expecting: It was the best news I ever had in my life. We were ready for this. It’s fantastic it’s working out how we planned it. When we turned pro, we said we’d go for four years at a time and, meanwhile, try to start a family.
Will they be finding out the baby’s sex?: No, says a disappointed David. I wanted to find out but she didn’t.
Do they have a preference for a boy or a girl?: When you don’t have one, you take whatever comes out. My brother has had boys. I guess a girl would be appropriate but we’ll take whatever. He, or she, has got to like hockey though.
On showing a possible son his spandex skating outfits: I’ll go through my closet and say, ‘Boy, this is what you’ll have to wear,’ and he’ll say, ‘There’s no friggin’ way.’ [laughs] All joking aside, you don’t stop a child from wanting to do whatever they want. But I won’t push it.
Thanks to CBB reader Victoria.