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February 24, 2010

Figure Skater Joannie Rochette Performs Through Grief at the Olympics

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Olympic Winter Games - Joannie Rochette competes in the Ladies Short Program despite the death of her mother

The ladies took to the ice last night in Vancouver for the figure skating short program, and you had to be under a rock not to hear about Joannie Rochette.  The Canadian figure skater's mother died suddenly of a heart attack last weekend and in spite her overwhelming grief, Rochette skated a nearly flawless program from the heart and finished in third place.

After completing the program Rochette burst into tears while acknowledging the standing ovation from the crowd.  It was the most heartbreaking and moving moment of the Games so far. 

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There were however other ladies who skated last night.  Two Americans, Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu are in fifth and sixth place respectively, but the top two spots are occupied by two titans of Asia. 

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My favorite was Mao Asada of Japan even though she's in second place behind North Korea's 19 year-old dynamo, Kim Yu-Na who skated her program to a medley of James Bond music.

Winter Olympic Games - Ladies Short Program Figure Skating

The ladies long program is tonight.  Joannie Rochette will have all of Canada and many more pulling for her.


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