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Canada will be your honorary Mom tonight, Joannie

Posted on: February 25, 2010

Joannie Rochette takes to the ice this evening in a quest for an Olympic medal from the Vancouver 2010 games.  Sadly, Joannie’s mother and number 1 fan died suddenly on Sunday while attending the games in support of her daughter.  Despite this personal tragedy, Joannie had the skate of her life, delivering a flawless performance during Tuesday’s short program competition.  Joannie has become Canada’s daughter, and tonight we will all proudly watch her bravely strive for a place on the podium.   

I didn’t know Joannie’s mom,  Therese Rochette, but I know I would have liked her.  Anyone who could raise a daughter to have such “grit” despite the pressures of Olympic competition and personal grief is a woman worth knowing.  Well done, Therese … thank you for giving us a true Olympian. 

Watch Joannie skate this evening at 8pm EST or visit  for more details.



Canada’s Joannie Rochette reacts after performing her short program during the women’s figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.



3 Responses to "Canada will be your honorary Mom tonight, Joannie"

She is amazing and has surely made her Mother proud!! Bless her heart!

Hope she carries the flag in the closing ceremonies!!!!

Oh! That would be so-o-o cool!

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