Joannie’s bittersweet Olympic moment

Just two days after her mother died of a heart attack, Joannie Rochette skates to a bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

A heartfelt loss

Joannie Rochette’s mother died of a heart attack just two days before her Olympic skate. But Joannie took to the ice — and made history. Her heartfelt words to her mom and bittersweet Olympic moment are captured in this video. 

In her own words…

Q Just as your career was peaking at the 2010 Olympics, you lost your mom. Was there any warning?
A

We didn’t see it coming. In my mind, heart disease was an old man's disease. I didn't think of my mom being at risk. But now when I think back on it she was a heavy smoker, wasn’t eating very healthy and she was stressed. She was always worrying about me for the Olympics also. Looking back, knowing what I know now, maybe I could have seen it coming a little bit more.  


Read the full interview with Joannie

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