Joannie Rochette Earned More Then Bronze Medal

Going into the Olympics, Joannie Rochette was determined to perform well as a figure skating. Competing in her native Canada was going to be a thrill and experience of a lifetime and sharing that experience with her family was going to be meaningful.

Days before her performance, Rochette’s world was changed when her mother, Therese, died suddenly of a heart attack. Her mother was only 55 and was looking forward to seeing her daughter skate on the biggest stage of them all.

Rochette had a difficult choice to make and admitted that thoughts of pulling out crossed her mind at certain times. Instead of pulling out, she decided to do what she trained her whole life for, which was skating in the Olympic games.

During her performance, Rochette performed beautifully and was well received by the crowd. Her performance may have won her a bronze medal but to many who saw her courageous effort, she earned a gold medal in their hearts forever.

Losing a loved one is never easy but Rochette knew her biggest fan of all, her mother, was still with her that night as she took the ice for her bronze medal performance. Rochette didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to skate in the Olympics knowing her mother would have wanted her to keep moving forward. Living a full Olympic experience was what Rochette’s mother wanted and by going out and performing the way she did, Rochette walked away with a bronze medal and a memory she will have for a lifetime.

For as long as I live, I will never forget Joannie Rochette and her courage. Despite tragedy, she lived her Olympic dream and fulfilled what her mother wanted for her all along. Rochette walked out of that competition with a bronze medal but will always have a place in my heart.

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~ by jeffrsabo on February 27, 2010.

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