An Olympian Story – An Olympian Heart

Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group West Coast Realty

An Olympian Story – An Olympian Heart

I just watched Joannie Rochett skate her short program at the 2010 Winter Olympics. What a performance! As we all know her mother, who has been at her side throughout her skating career, died suddenly on Sunday only two days before Joannie was due to compete.

Compete she did tonight in what was possibly a career best. Moments like these cannot be reproduced in any media. The emotional response of the crowd was gripping. Who in the crowd could not be thinking of their reaction if it was their mother that died so suddenly at such a critical time as in the life of this skater?

The look on the faces of Skate Canada skaters told the story of shared pain, compassion and support. Every sports teams are families with their own dynamics and own stories. This is a story and a lesson that will last long after the joy of winning and sorrow of defeat.

Tonight Canada was part of that family and I am positive that spectators, team members and all of us watching Joannie skate held her and felt every movement she made during the short program. I have come to know that often in competition an event will occur that will show everything that is good about the human spirit. This was such an event.

This young woman set a high standard tonight on how we all can act under the most sever adversities. There is an old saying that “when the going gets tough the tough get going”. The toughness, or intestinal fortitude if you prefer, that was demonstrated tonight show what we as humans and Canadians are capable.

I have few mantras, prayers, and rituals I use to pull me through difficult times. Those times when I and anxious, unsure, fearful confused, tired, sick and the like.

Tonight as she sat waithing for her scores she constantly repeated, "For you mamma."

Tonight many Canadians will have adopted Joannie as their hero and look to her courage and dedication to give them strength when they encounter difficulties in their lives.


Comments (7)

Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Heartwarming story.  I've recorded tonight's program and look forward to seeing this performance.


Feb 23, 2010 05:22 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

I did not watch the tube last night. Heartwarming. Goes to show what we can do when we do it for others and leave ourselves out of the equation...

Helping you to help others live their American dream...

Feb 23, 2010 07:09 PM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


It took a lot of guts to pull off what she did. Amazing story.

Feb 24, 2010 02:30 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Bob, I stayed up to watch her perform. She's a gutsy young lady and she did us proud.

Feb 24, 2010 05:41 AM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON


Courage and inner strength does not even cover 10% of what she is handling.


Feb 24, 2010 10:51 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Bob, yes truly amazing, but how could she not have gone on, it is what her mother would have wanted!  ---Gloria

Feb 26, 2010 11:38 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I was so glad she hung on for the Bronze medal.  An inspiring performance she will always be proud of.  Her story had Brian Boitano in tears during the replay on the NBC coverage.

Feb 26, 2010 07:58 PM

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