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Edmonton Oilers hire Olympic pairs champion as skating coach

David Pelletier

SALT LAKE CITY, UNITED STATES: Canadian pairs figure skater Jamie Sale sticks out her tongue beside partner David Pelletier during their press conference in the Main Press Center at the XIX Winter Olympic Games 15 February 2002. The pair were awarded the gold medal by the Olympic Committee and International Skating Union following a judging row which ensued after their competion on 11 February. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Edmonton Oilers turned to an Olympic champion to improve the team’s skating ability. An Olympic figure skating champion.

David Pelletier, famous for winning 2002 Olympic pairs gold with Jamie Sale in the infamous judging scandal, was hired as the NHL club’s skating coach and added to its development staff, it announced Wednesday.

Pelletier, 39, has worked as a power skating coach since retiring, including with the Canadian women’s hockey team.

In 2002, Sale and Pelletier initially placed second behind a Russian couple in pairs but were upgraded to gold when it was realized the results were fixed.

In April, the Oilers brought in Canadian women’s Olympic goalie Shannon Szabados for a practice.

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