They shared the gold medal with the Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games figure skating scandal. He achieved early success as a pair skater with Julie Laporte.
They won both the novice and junior titles at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed 7th at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 1992.
Leigh said coaches can tell “within 10 minutes” of pairing skaters whether or not they have the elusive chemistry necessary to gel on ice.
Coaches, he said, just have a hunch whether teams will work.
Or as Pat Quinn phrased it one night: “Barbara Ann Scotts.” So what did the Oilers announce the day before going to training camp Wednesday? When Quinn made the reference, players were asking, “Who’s Barbara Ann Scott? And fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, I was successful at it. And it was a pretty good deal after we won the Olympics.
” They had to be told she won Olympic gold for Canada in 1948 and we haven’t won one in women’s skating since. I got into figure skating because my mom made me,” said the native of Sayabec, Que. “To be honest, all I wanted to be able to do was lift the Stanley Cup. They started to pay me pretty good money to lift girls.
’” said the victim of the judging scandal which the sport has never recovered from to this day. And I was a skater and won the damn thing with Tessa Bonhomme of the women’s hockey team. So I did it all on that show.” If this were the National Enquirer, I’d be guilty here of burying my lede.That same year, as a single skater, Pelletier placed second in the short program of the men's event at the Canadian championships.He struggled in the long program, falling to fourth overall.Despite these accomplishments, Pelletier felt his career needed a "shake up" and paired up with Allison Gaylor.They trained in part with Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, and had their biggest success in 1995 when they captured the 1995 Canadian silver medal and represented Canada at the World Figure Skating Championships in Birmingham, England where they placed 15th.