Below is an article by CTV Canada that calls Joannie Rochette courageous....Hmmmm courageous because she skated after her mother died two days ago...whatever...youre a professional athlete. You cant let external things effect your program. Its called sports psychology. I don't know if Id really call this a courageous performance at all. She went out and did her JOB! The one that skate canada and the Olympic committee pay her to do. Just because her mom died I wouldn't call her courageous.
Some of you may call me insensitive, rude, or whatever but really...Its a death. Yes it happened suddenly and unexpected but still skating doesn't make you a courageous hero in my book.
Sorry but thats my opinion. Good for her in skating 3rd in the short program but you are not a hero in my book. Especially not just because your mother died.
"VANCOUVER - It was a battle. It was tough, no doubt.
With all the knowing eyes on her, Joannie Rochette fought like she's never fought before. And she pulled it off.
Her mother, Therèse, died two days ago, just after arriving in Vancouver to watch her daughter compete at the Olympics.
Rochette, of little Île-Dupas, Que., competed Tuesday night the way she's practised since Sunday: efficiently, brilliantly, even calmly, with her father, Raymond, watching in the audience. Her boyfriend, Guillaume Gfeller, an ice dancer from Montreal, arrived recently, too, to offer his support as well.
Everybody at the Pacific Coliseum was pulling for her. When Rochette set foot on the ice, the crowd roared. They stood, cheering, before she took her opening pose for a very long time.
"It was a very nice warm welcome," said Rochette, through a message delivered by Michael Slipchuk, director of high performance for Skate Canada.
"Hard to handle, but I appreciate the support. I'll remember this forever.
Asked how she felt under the circumstances, Rochette said: "Words cannot describe."
As soon as she finished skating, the crowd erupted, and Rochette burst into tears, doubling over, her hands on her legs. As she stood up, she sobbed, and then she fell into coach Manon Perron's arms at the side of the rink.
"I think her mother is jumping up and down in the sky watching her," said Skate Canada chief executive officer William Thompson.
"That was the dream performance."
Rochette said it was hard to be precise, but she earned the highest short program marks of her career: 71.36, good enough to put her in third place behind the battling Asian stars, Kim Yu-Na of South Korea with a world record 78.50 points and Mao Asada of Japan, who landed her triple Axel and is second with 73.78 points.
Brian Orser, Kim's coach, bowed to Rochette, and was emotional talking about what he had seen last night.
"I'm so proud of her," he said. "She had the whole nation carrying her through this performance and she needed that so much. ... There wasn't a dry eye, I don't think."
Thompson, a lawyer, said he doesn't often get very emotional when he watches skating, "But really, that was indescribable to see her do that under the circumstances that she was facing tonight," he said.
"She was so tough to get through it like that.'' He said at the beginning, before she went out onto the ice, Rochette looked as if she was struggling emotionally.
"Then she just pulled herself together and went out and put down a performance....that was magical and so heroic."
Thompson admitted that he was in tears.
"My heart went out to her," he said. "The level which she skated was phenomenal."
Slipchuk said there's no doubt that Rochette has the capability of winning a medal, and she's positioned herself well, but the competition is very stiff.
"Let's be honest, she's on a very emotional roller coaster that's not going to end tonight. This was helpful I'm sure, but it's not the end.
"I think if she skates the long and skates it well, she's done more than any of us could have hoped for in the circumstances."
Thompson said they were trying to give Rochette space, and not impose themselves on her.
"I'm sure there's a mixture of incredible pride and incredible joy, mixed that sorry that her mother wasn't there to experience it.
"No doubt in my mind that she was inspired by her mom.''