Nichol created a tango piece for their short program, and, after a suggestion from coach Marijane Stong, set their long program to music from the movie Love Story. At the 1999 Skate America, Salé & Pelletier won both the short and the long programs, defeating the two-time and reigning world champions, Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze.
At the Nations Cup, their second Grand Prix event, they finished second.
Trouble on the side-by-side jumps landed them in third place in the short program, but the team was placed first in the long program despite Salé singling a side-by-side double axel.
They were the first Canadian pair to win Worlds since Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler in 1993, and the first pair to win at a Worlds held in Canada since Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini in 1984.
Pelletier and Roy had a strong skate, but placed 6th and split soon after the event.
Pelletier asked coach Richard Gauthier to help him find another partner, and he suggested Salé.
They went on to win again at Four Continents in Salt Lake City, the site for the 2002 Olympics, and dusted off "Love Story" to win the Grand Prix Final – despite Sale missing the side-by-side triple toe loop in all three phases of the competition.
The 2001 World Championships were held in Vancouver, and Salé and Pelletier entered as heavy favorites.
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.
David Jacques Pelletier (born November 22, 1974) is a Canadian pairs figure skater.