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December 15, 2003
Ooooh, Canada. Figure skater Jamie Sal� is bucking her smalltown image (she's from Red Deer, Alberta) with a three-page spread in the January FHM. The photos are a far cry from the staid portraits of Sal� and her on-and off-ice partner, David Pelletier, that graced the covers of TIME and Newsweek after they won Olympic pairs gold medals in February 2002, following a judging controversy. Sal�, 26, said she did the shoot for additional exposure. No kidding: One photo has Sal� lying on her back, nude, with faux snow strategically covering parts of her body. She and Pelletier tour with Stars on Ice and will kick off its 2004 campaign in Spokane on Jan. 2. The self-described "wholesome" Sal� says, "I was more than a little nervous. But I think they're great, and I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people." Pelletier's reaction: "When he opened the magazine, he had this big smile on his face," says Sale. "I asked him why he was smiling and he said, 'Yeah, that's my girlfriend.' It was very cute."
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December 15, 2003

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Ooooh, Canada. Figure skater Jamie Sal� is bucking her smalltown image (she's from Red Deer, Alberta) with a three-page spread in the January FHM. The photos are a far cry from the staid portraits of Sal� and her on-and off-ice partner, David Pelletier, that graced the covers of TIME and Newsweek after they won Olympic pairs gold medals in February 2002, following a judging controversy. Sal�, 26, said she did the shoot for additional exposure. No kidding: One photo has Sal� lying on her back, nude, with faux snow strategically covering parts of her body. She and Pelletier tour with Stars on Ice and will kick off its 2004 campaign in Spokane on Jan. 2. The self-described "wholesome" Sal� says, "I was more than a little nervous. But I think they're great, and I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people." Pelletier's reaction: "When he opened the magazine, he had this big smile on his face," says Sale. "I asked him why he was smiling and he said, 'Yeah, that's my girlfriend.' It was very cute."

?Making a name for yourself in the Hasselbeck family is no easy feat. Brothers Matt and Tim quarterback NFL offenses (the Seahawks and the Redskins, respectively), and baby brother Nathanael returns punts for Boston College. But Elisabeth Hasselbeck might soon surpass them all. On Nov. 25, just five days before her husband, Tim, inherited the quarterback job from injured Redskin Patrick Ramsey, Elisabeth joined the lineup of ABC's girly gabfest, The View. To fill the chair vacated by Lisa Ling, Elisabeth beat out 20 finalists. (Competition is nothing new. She's a former softball captain at B.C., and she finished fourth on Survivor in 2001.) Says Tim, "No one's going to say, 'Hey, I saw your wife on TV?' because I don't think many football players would admit to watching The View. But we have a ton to be thankful for." Their next project? "Figuring out when we'll see each other."

?Sarah McLachlan was recently at the Four Seasons in L.A. promoting her album Afterglow when she ran into one of her biggest (or at least tallest) fans: Shaquille O'Neal. McLachlan, who says she came up to Shaq's nipple, notes the Lakers' center was most gracious. "He was like, 'Oh, Sarah McLachlan! Wait a minute, I've got to give you a kiss!' It was so sweet." The Canadian singer, who had Grizzlies season tickets before the team left Vancouver for Memphis, picked up her daughter, India, who is nearly two, to give her a better look at Shaq. O'Neal playfully told the toddler, "Keep an eye on me. I'm going to be a famous basketball player."

?The 2004 Sundance Film Festival will open with a documentary for the first time ever, and it's a sports film. Stacy Peralta, who directed 2001's Dogtown and Z-Boys, will debut his new surfing flick, Riding Giants....

Also coming to the big screen is the story of Parinya Charoenphol, who was one of Thailand's top kickboxers before having a sex-change operation. (Don't they ever do anything new in Hollywood?) Beautiful Boxer opens this month....

The Rolling Stones are rarely upstaged by anyone, but Mick Jagger pushed back his knighthood two days because he did not want to appear at Buckingham Palace the same day as Jonny Wilkinson, whose last-minute drop goal won rugby's World Cup for England last month and earned him an MBE. Mick will become Sir Mick on Friday....

David Duval is engaged to Susie Persichitte, whom he met at the International in August. One thing is for sure: She wasn't drawn to him because of his golfing accomplishments. On their first date she asked if he had played in the British Open. Says Persichitte, "It wasn't until later that he said, 'Susie, did you know I won the British Open?' "

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