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Former Olympic rivals skating together on reality show

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Viewers who watched the pairs short program Sunday night caught a shot of 2002 Olympic champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier as commentators for Canadian television.

The duo is best known for sharing the gold with Russia’s Anton Sikharulidze and Elena Berezhnaya in Salt Lake City as a result of a judging scandal. After the Games, both pairs turned professional.

In an unusual twist of fate, Pelletier has teamed up with Berezhnaya – one of his Olympic rivals – for an upcoming pro skating competition. The two will skate together on “Thin Ice,” a “Dancing With the Stars”-esque reality show.

Sale will also be competing on “Thin Ice,” with Canadian ice dancer Patrice Lauzon.

It’s unclear whether Sikharudlize will participate.

It doesn’t really matter if Pelletier beats out Sale for the $60,000 cash prize – the money will go to a joint account. The couple married in 2005 and welcomed a son, Jesse, in 2005.

“Thin Ice” will air on ABC in March. It’ll be hosted by four-time World Champion Kurt Browning and “The View’s” Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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