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?

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