JOANNIE ROCHETTE: The Canadian figure skater put aside personal tragedy to win bronze and inspire not only her nation, but many around the world who reached out to her in the wake of her mother’s sudden passing just days before the competition began.
“She won gold for us – not just for Canada but for the whole world. She shared with us what courage is,” said Janis D’andrea from Coquitlam, British Columbia, who watched Rochette's free skate. “She really felt our love strong…. And even though her mother is gone, she’s still with her.”