Joannie Rochette - the Epitomy of the Canadian Spirit - Wins Bronze

By
Real Estate Agent

Yesterday she brought home the Bronze Medal - but she brought 'gold' to every Canadian's heart.   Joannie, thrilled the crowd at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on Thursday night with a courageous performance that put her on the podium just days after her mother's sudden death of a heart attack.

 Joannie's mom died suddenly in Vancouver Sunday morning, shortly after arriving to watch her daughter compete.  Canadian team officials said Therese Rochette passed away after being rushed to Vancouver General Hospital.  Rochette was 55.  Joannie Rochette was given the news by her father Normand and her coach Manon Perron at the Olympic Village Sunday morning around 6 a.m.

At about 1:15 p.m. local time Sunday Rochette stepped out on the ice for a practice, appeared to wipe a tear away, and then went out, sometimes with a serene smile on her face. Her father was in the audience, and he sobbed as Rochette came out on ice. He watched her practice surrounded by friends.

 

                                                       (Photo by Robert Gauthier - Los Angeles Times)

Despite the shock of her mother's death Joannie decided to do the short program for women's figure skating where she placed 3rd......and then last night after the long program she brought home the Bronze.  A heartbreaking story, a courageous and mesmerizing performance that ended in bittersweet victory, "completing the journey her mother had started. 

                                          

If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

Copyright © 2010 By Liz Moras, All Rights Reserved. Please do not use without permission.   Information provided by this author is only an opinion, it is not guaranteed, may be based on information collected from several sources, and may be time sensitive.  It is not necessarily representative of the opinions of Landmark Realty Chwk. Ltd.   

 

                                       Google me!       Follow me on Twitter      My Outside Blog        Find us on Yahoo       Facebook

                                                 Stumble        Technorati       Connect with me on LinkedIn        Subscribe to my RSS feed       

 

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Real Estate General Information
Location:
British Columbia Greater Vancouver
Groups:
Realtors®
Canada, eh
Posts to Localism
POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul
Diary of a Realtor
Tags:
joannie rochette
olympic womens ice skating bronze

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
449,271
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Liz, that was a brilliant performance that I will remember for a long time.

Feb 26, 2010 07:07 AM #1
Rainmaker
534,739
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Me too Malcolm - there have been some amazing moments so far - but that was one of the most touching!

Feb 26, 2010 07:10 AM #2
Rainmaker
796,491
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Liz, the only thing I have had the opportunity to watch on TV is some of the figure skating last night and I was pulling for her to get a medal.  What tremendous character and resolve!  Canada should be so proud of her accomplishment!!!!!!  It is nice to see gracious medal winners who exude gratitude and poise!!! 

Well done, Joannie Rochette!

Feb 26, 2010 07:27 AM #3
Rainmaker
534,739
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Thanks Bruce - she is a class act isn't she?: -)

Feb 26, 2010 07:34 AM #4
Ambassador
552,147
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Liz - I didn't get to watch it last night but we recorded it so we could watch it today.  You couldn't help but get emotional watching Joannie's spectacular performance to win the Bronze medal.   It is a moment I will never forget. 

Feb 26, 2010 12:07 PM #5
Ambassador
727,391
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

One of the most memorable moments of these olympics for sure.

What a strong woman.

Feb 26, 2010 12:51 PM #6
Rainmaker
534,739
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Sheldon - Unimaginable isn't it?  Donna - definitely one of the most memorable moments for me - I can't imagine .......

Feb 26, 2010 01:03 PM #7
Rainmaker
1,080,379
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Liz I just saw an interview with Joannie. What a remarkable young woman. I know her mother would have wanted her to skate, and for her to have won a Bronze medal with all that emotion is a testimony to the talent and strength of her character. Go Joannie!

Feb 26, 2010 01:18 PM #8
Rainer
437,789
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Liz,

It was an incredible story that got the attention of everyone.

Feb 26, 2010 04:17 PM #9
Rainmaker
1,767,672
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Definitely one of the most inspiring moments of the Games. Just saw her interview with Bob Costas, and looking forward to more on late night coverage.

Feb 26, 2010 04:38 PM #10
Rainmaker
684,575
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

She was very brave. I'm sure she was skating for her mother. I understand she sent her regrets to the Mothers of Olympians luncheon and they held a moment of silence for her mother. Now that it is all over she can go home and grieve in private with the comfort of her family and friends.

Feb 27, 2010 11:56 AM #11
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
534,739

Liz Moras Migic

Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information