Figure skater Joannie Rochette’s mother dies

Canadian defending world silver medalist says she will still compete


Just two days before Joannie Rochette takes the ice for the first time in Vancouver, she has learned that her mother died of a heart attack. 55-year-old Therese Rochette died at Vancouver General hospital early Sunday morning after having suffered a fatal heart attack. The six-time Canadian national champion and defending world silver medalist is now with her father, and has confirmed that she will stay in the competition Tuesday and Thursday. However, she will not speak to the media until after she has competed.

CBC News

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