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  1. Dearest Joannie:
    My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. You were absolutely amazing skating your short program Tuesday . What a thrill to watch! I am praying for you and your Dad. The Lord is watching over you and your Mom. Skate onto the ice with every confidence Thurs. It will be the skate of your life! There has got to be a medal in this for you – GOLD is in your future. You go girl, the world is watching and cheering you on! God bless you today!

    Comment by Dorothy — 24 February 2010 @ 15:12

  2. Joannie, je veux donner mes sinceres sympathies a toi et ta famille. Ton courage touche nos coeurs. Nous sommes fieres de toi. Garde courage.
    Marise

    Comment by Marise Pelletier — 24 February 2010 @ 15:19

  3. Canada is so proud of you. You have always been an inspiration and now more than ever. Your performance last night was amazing and I was moved to tears. I will be watching you on Thursday night and I know you will shine and find stregth that you never knew you had. Bon chances….

    Comment by Amy — 24 February 2010 @ 15:19

  4. Dearest Joannie: I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family upon the sudden death of your mom. But, sweetie you certainly did her proud with your short program! Your skating, your appearance was most beautiful, passionate, committed, and emotional. I hope you are finding strength through sympathies offered here and in the tremendous reception you received after your performance. You were most gracious to share with the rest of the world your tremendous talent and grace during your time of need. Though of course I never knew your mom, I truly feel we all saw her heart and beauty through what you gave us in your stunning and poignant short program. Thank you! I know she is proud and joyful for you. You have deeply moved me and many other complete strangers to you. You are admired, appreciated, loved and prayed for. We will pray for you daily that you may receive success, peace and grace for yourself and your family, now and in the future.

    Comment by rhonda taylor, new bern, nc (USA) — 24 February 2010 @ 15:23

  5. Dear Joannie
    I’ll give to you my very deepest sympathy in this very much most sad and brutally hard time and I’ll support you and hope you’ll win a medal for your courage to participate on the womens Ice-skating-challenge, nevertheless this tragedy. I wish all the best for you and I’ll pray for you, that the LORD will concelate you in this very difficult time – and to your family too.
    With the most sympatic greetings.
    Markus Schaub, Switzerland.

    Comment by Markus Schaub, Berne, Switzerland — 24 February 2010 @ 15:30

  6. You are incredibly strong and I admire your strength during this time.
    All the best! You have already won!

    Comment by Cathy Schwenning — 24 February 2010 @ 15:36

  7. Just know that your mother was watching you on the ice and is so proud of you.
    When you are home from the olympics consider reading the book entitled motherless daughters, it has helped me through the loss of my mother.

    Comment by Erica — 24 February 2010 @ 15:41

  8. No matter what the result, you have done yourself and all Canadians proud! It undoubtedly would have been easier to simply give up and go home. And nobody would have criticized you for doing so. Instead you exhibited the strengths and personality that defines Canadians: sensitivity, toughness, perserverance (particularly in the face of exceptional adversity), grace, bravery, skill and class. The one missing piece that I wish for you is that you are somehow able to experience some fun and enjoyment at this competition. It’s probably the last thing on your mind, but if you can, just relax and do your best. Allow Canadians to carry you rather than the expectation that you must carry them. Feed on our energy. Good luck!

    Comment by Dave Celli — 24 February 2010 @ 15:48

  9. First, my condolences on the loss of your mother. May the angels wrap their wings about you and grant you peace.

    Next, congratulations on your fabulous performance in the short program! Absolutely beautiful!!!

    Last, who made your costume for the short program?

    Thank you and God Bless,
    Carrie Lee

    Comment by Carrie Lee — 24 February 2010 @ 15:49

  10. Hello Joannie: I am very sorry for your loss. I try to watch as much of the olympics as I can. Figure skating is not one of my favorite sports. After I heard the news, you were still going to skate, I decided to watch, & cheer for you. I cried through your performance. I don’t usually do that. You are an inspiration to all. Thank you

    Comment by Ron — 24 February 2010 @ 15:59

  11. You are awsome and your mom is really proud of you. Be strong so you can give strength to your dad, now he needs you more. I am sorry about your loss…God Bless you!

    Comment by MARIA — 24 February 2010 @ 16:01

  12. After viewing your short program last night, I would have awarded you the Gold! I know it was hard for you. Your performance was one to be very proud of. All Gods angels were applauding you!
    Thank you.

    Comment by Mrs. Barbara West — 24 February 2010 @ 16:04

  13. Just wanted to send you my support. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.

    I myself have lost my mother about three weeks ago and can empathize with you.

    Blessings to you and yours!

    Comment by Alice Elizabeth — 24 February 2010 @ 16:05

  14. Joannie,
    I would like to send you my deepest reguards to you at this time. I’m from the United States and heart goes out to you. Your short program to me was a perfect 10. I would vote for you!
    May the Lord give you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Don’t know you but I feel that I do.
    Would loved to hear from you, even if was just a hello. Don’t forget you are a star in the whole world’s eyes. Your Mom would have been very proud of you. Best wishes to you from now to here on out.

    Be Strong, Rita

    Comment by Rita Jarrell — 24 February 2010 @ 16:05

  15. Que dire de plus… lâches pas! On penses à toi en ces moments difficiles et quoi qu’il arrive on est avec toi! Chapeau pour ton programme court sert toi de ta mère comme ton inspiration. Elle est est sûrement pas très loin de toi et elle te regardes. (pleurs).

    La famille Lavallée de Terrebonne

    Comment by Pierre Lavallée — 24 February 2010 @ 16:07

  16. Joannie,

    I am so sorry for your loss, but what an absolutely awesome performance, you gave.

    Your mom would have loved it!!! What courage and strength you
    have shown at this very difficult time, and know, that so many people
    have you in their thoughts and prayers, to help carry you through.

    Please take very good care of you, and your family.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Voggenthaler

    Comment by Sue Voggenthaler — 24 February 2010 @ 16:09

  17. Joannie,

    I was saddened to hear about the loss of your mother and touched by your courage to proceed and succeed at the Olympics despite the circumstances. I have written a poem for you in my modest attempt to inspire and encourage you NOT to give up. Here it is:

    Joannie, you can make it, win
    With a triple lutz and spin.
    You’ve been trained to conquer pressure…
    You are someone very special.

    You’re resilient and strong
    While the circumstances are wrong.
    You uplift your spirit on ice
    With your Mom watching from the skies.

    Life sometimes is not as fair…
    More reality than a fairy.
    You mature through your pain…
    On the ice – you self-ordain.

    You self-ordain to do your best.
    You believe you’ll pass life’s test.
    With your courage, skill, affection
    Make your free skating a sensation.

    Best of luck, inspiration, strength and all the best!

    Warmly,
    Mila Alper (New York)

    Comment by Mila Alper (New York) — 24 February 2010 @ 16:15

  18. DEAR JOANNIE

    I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR MOM AND SHE STILL LOVE YOU IN UR HEART AND SHE IS WATCHING OVER YOU. YOUR MAMA IS THE ANGEL OF YOUR SHOULDER. SHE LOVE YOU AND MISS U SO MUCH. U R A WONDERFUL LADY N GREAT SKATER. I’LL BE WATCHING U ON TV N CHEERING FOR YOU. :) GOD BLESS

    MS ADRIENNE TURNER

    Comment by ADRIENNE TURNER — 24 February 2010 @ 16:27

  19. Joannie! Vous etes incroyable. I want you to know that the whole world is behind you, and that I cannot imagine what you are feeling right now. You are so brave and courageous. Don’t be afraid.

    Comment by Janice — 24 February 2010 @ 16:33

  20. Chère Joannie,

    Recevez mes voeux pour affronter l’épreuve que vous traversez; Votre performance sportive dans ce moment vous honore et à ce titre, permettez moi de vous témoigner toute mon admiration.
    Vous faites la fierté de votre Maman, de votre famille, de votre nation et bien au delà: Merci et bravo pour l’exemple !
    Bien cordialement
    Jean-François

    Comment by Jean-François Vernaz — 24 February 2010 @ 16:40

  21. You are an amazing woman. I am moved by your courage, your strength and your grace. May you find comfort in the love of your father, your family and your friends in this difficult time.

    Comment by Richard Lubbers — 24 February 2010 @ 16:40

  22. TRES BIEN, JOANNIE … TRES BIEN!!
    You made this American wish he was Canadian.
    You showed a brave heart, an iron will, and polished grace.
    May the grief you feel now, in time, be washed away by all the happy memories I am sure you have of your mother.

    Comment by Phil Rashead — 24 February 2010 @ 16:41

  23. First of all, je suis tres desolee. I am so sorry for your loss.

    My prayers are with you and your family. Please know that I, together with all Canadians, am so proud of you. You went to do a job in Vancouver, and it is commendable that you’re determined to finish it. What an honourable thing. I’m sure your mom is watching over you and is very, very proud of her little girl. May God grant you strength and courage to face all your challenges. Please accept a big hug and warm wishes from me.

    Comment by Sofie — 24 February 2010 @ 16:45

  24. Joannie:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your tragic loss. Your performance last night was courageous, touching and beautiful. May God be with and with your father.

    Comment by Paul Anderson USA — 24 February 2010 @ 16:52

  25. Dear Joannie:

    my thoughts and prays are with you at this time.

    Comment by ty — 24 February 2010 @ 16:56

  26. Hello Joannie,

    On behalf of myself, I can actually say I COMPLETELY know what your going through. Tragically I lost my mom, in December, myself I am mere 25 years old. I am dance teacher/choreographer here in Canada, and had no choice to pull myself together and keep going in light of so many young dancers ready for the new competitive season.

    I admire you, and have been flooded with responses, telling me how I remind people of you, Joannie, and how we posses the same strength and qualities. I will tell you, you will get through it, it wont EVER be the same, but you will continue to go on!

    I am proud of you, I cried with you, and cheered/prayed for you!

    Your are another inspiration to me and let’s continue to live STRONG- just like the legacies our mother’s leave behind!

    Myself and my dance competitive team will be cheering you on Thursday night, your not alone!

    Ashlee xx

    Comment by Ashlee Camirand — 24 February 2010 @ 16:58

  27. Your performance last was simply awe-inspiring. To see you perform at that level given your personal tragedy is simply a miracle. I thanked GOD for being so blessed as to see such beauty and grace being demonstrated under such dire of circumstances. You are living proof of what we as humans can accomplish under even the most painful situations. GOD bless you and your father.

    Marlon

    Comment by Marlon Lindsey — 24 February 2010 @ 17:02

  28. Joannie,

    I just wanted to let you know that as I watched you skate last night I had tears in my eyes and a deep pain in my heart. I felt a strange presence as if your mom was right there next to you guiding you across the ice. I so enjoyed watching you skate and I just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am on the loss of your lovely Mother. Please know that so many people that you will never meet face to face are holding you tight and keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

    Comment by Karen Heinz — 24 February 2010 @ 17:08

  29. At this time of great personal loss and great sadness for you, know that the whole country is surrounding you with love and support. Feel the collective arms of all Canadians around you.

    Congratulations on a truly wonderful and courageous skate last night. We are so proud of you. All the very best for the rest of the skating that you must do at the Olympics. May this time be memorable for you for more than the untimely and unfortunate death of your mother. May her memory live on vibrantly for you and may new memories be forged that will sustain you into a future full of positive things.

    Comment by Gerry & Monica Punke — 24 February 2010 @ 17:09

  30. Hi Joannie,

    I could never imagine what you are going through, but please know you are in all of our thoughts and our hearts. We are sending all of our support your way. Your first skate last night was the most amazing and inspiring skate I have ever seen. I am not a big follower of figure skating, but I couldn’t help but feel pride as you glided around the rink. Your strength and poise is something I will never forget, and I wish you all the best in your next skate, and as you deal with this terrible tragedy. A journalist today had said that you are “every Canadian’s daughter right now.” And that is the absolute truth. I know it is nowhere close to the real thing, but know we are behind you 100%.

    Comment by Nicole G. — 24 February 2010 @ 17:10

  31. I’ve watched ice skating since the early 80′s and I know you have been skating for a long time.
    Your grace under unbelievable pressure and personal grief is something only true “idols” have.
    Please know that I support you and have only good wishes to send your way for Thursday night’s long program. More importantly my heart goes out to you for the loss you have just experienced. Thursday you are not only a Canadian skater but in my heart you will be a daughter who I will be thinking and praying about.
    Good Luck Joannie!!!

    Comment by Marie US Skating Fan — 24 February 2010 @ 17:11

  32. Chere Joannie,
    Vous avez patiné tres belle. J’espere que la medaille d’or sera a vos.

    I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. Your courage and determination were incredible and immensely inspiring and profoundly touching.

    Sending you my best wishes for a most successful Olympic skate.

    Sincerely,

    Angelina Carrasco
    ‘Los Angeles, CA

    Comment by Angelina Carrasco — 24 February 2010 @ 17:12

  33. Dear Joannie Rochette,
    Hi, I’m a student in the eighth grade, and I go to Hazel McCallion Senior Public School in Mississauga, Ontario. Today in class, we watched your figure skating performance. Our teacher also read us an article commenting on your performance. It was really sad to hear that just before you performed, you had found out about your mom. I’m really sorry that your mom passed-away so suddenly. I think you did great, and I’m not just saying that to make you feel better. Your landings from those triples were perfect! It takes a lot of courage to get up there and perform the way you did, especially after everything that happened. Most people would probably postpone their performance for another day. I think it was really cool that you still performed, and that you dedicated your performance to your mom. After what you did, you will always be a winner. You have become and inspiration and a role model to millions of people around the world. You have the support of Canadians everywhere. We know you’ll be great in the finals. Good luck!

    Comment by Inspired Student — 24 February 2010 @ 17:31

  34. Dear Joannie,

    I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear you lost your mom. I lost mine in 2006. We where in a car wreck and she couldn’t recover from her injuries. I know our moms are watching us from heaven and yours would be proud of you and she would be with you in your heart forever. Bon Chance tomorrow night.

    your american fan

    Shawn

    Comment by Shawn burkhead — 24 February 2010 @ 17:44

  35. Dear Joannie,

    I join the rest of Canada in supporting you at this time. In October I lost the most important person in my life – my father – and share in your grief with you.

    Following is some prose passed along to me that was so helpful in those surreal hours when we,as those coping, are perched between life and eternity. May you also find comfort in them.

    Heartfelt wishes to you, Sue (Richmond, BC)

    Leave Taking

    When the coming of your death
    Became an awareness on the planet
    Some wondrous events began.
    The word went out that you were preparing to leave,
    To leave this place that you called home.
    The word was heard by the wind
    And it promised to blow
    Under you and push you.
    The clouds heard the wind and
    Billowed for joy.
    “You may land on us and float for a while.”
    The rain said, “I’ll wash the air clean”
    While each star polished itself to a
    Brilliant shine.
    In the presence of your impending death
    The earth prepared to send you forth.
    The gravity that held you so tightly
    Began to loose its grip.
    It called, “Let loose, let loose
    Let loose and fly.”
    As you began to float, a squirrel
    Noticed and remembered;
    Remembered how you saved,
    Saved those things that were important.
    He told the rabbit, who told the turtle, who told the bird.
    He’s coming, they whispered.
    The bird sang your memories a joyous release.
    The song was heard by a lone wolf.
    The lone wolf stood on a cold tundra
    Howling her appreciation of all the lessons you learned so well.
    Some distant great pines heard the howl and knew of your leaving,
    They swayed, releasing their fragrance to waft with you.
    The fragrance was gathered in by the swiftest of hawks, flown high with the wisdom that the great hawk knows.
    The hawk told a passing eagle who swooped and soared until,
    Finding your spirit loose on the wind carried it forward to a joyous rainbow.
    The rainbow said, Come, I’ve been waiting,
    The colors are all for you.
    When the moon heard this, it shouted,
    Prepare! A life well lived is approaching!
    The stars again polished their shine
    Until the illumination penetrated the system.
    Your soul saw and knew that it was going home.
    Home to the light, home to the sun and home beyond home, beyond home.
    And it met with all that it had always known, the silent, brilliant mystery. The source of us all.
    All of heaven burst with the splendor of “welcome, welcome, we have been waiting.” The source, with all your ancestors gathered round,
    Enfolded you and danced your coming.
    While far away, in the world you had known a group of your loves and friends gathered to speak your praises, to sing your leaving and to forever remember.

    Joyce Hutchison and Joyce Rupp.

    Comment by Sue — 24 February 2010 @ 17:45

  36. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your father at this difficult time. How wonderful your skate was last evening (Tuesday). You do Canada proud.

    Comment by Tricia Cathrea — 24 February 2010 @ 17:55

  37. Joannie,

    My deepest prayers and best wishes are with you at this time. Tuesday night during the short program you showed the utmost integrity and talent so far in these Vancouver Olympics. Having distant family from Canada and Quebec from two centuries ago . Stands whole heated within me as proud and with deepest respect toward you as person and fellow French whether Canada or American. God bless you and best wishes and I fly the Canadian Flag here in Texas for all. Sincerely and with much kind regards.

    John Newkirk
    North Richland hills, Texas USA

    Comment by John Newkirk — 24 February 2010 @ 17:59

  38. Dear Joannie,

    As I write this to you, my eyes are filled with tears…I am 24 years old and lost my Mom suddenly and unexpectedly to a rare heart condition just over a year ago and as soon as I heard the news of your mother, my heart immediately went out to you. I cannot imagine having to go through something so traumatic and devastating while being at an event as huge as the Olympic Games, and in front of not only an entire nation, but the international media, fans, and fellow teams.

    I watched your performance last night and cried through the entire thing. Your grace and poise is incredible and I have no idea how you managed to remain so focused and throw down such a sucessful program. It is inspirational. I really never do this sort of thing…write to complete strangers (much less Olympic heroes) but I just know exactly how much of a nightmare this is for you, and wanted to show my support.

    I will say that although what you’re going through is indescribable and so utterly painful it seems like the world has stopped and cannot continue, things will get better. Even though after 1 year and all of the “first’s”…birthdays, Mother’s Day, Christmas and so on…it still sometimes feels so raw and unreal I sink back down to that painful and overwhelming place as if it happened yesterday, I find the seemingly impossible strength to pick myself up in honour of my Mom. In a weird way it gives you stength, and I have no doubt your Mother was skating along with you last night in Vancouver, helping you get through that.

    I basically, I guess, just wanted to let you know – along with the millions of Canadians and people around the world watching and supporting you in your skating this week – that what you are doing is amazing and you are one of the strongest people I have ever seen. I hope these next few months find you surrounded by family and friends to help you through the dark days. You will continue on and find happiness in things again…it just takes time. And even after 1 year, I am positive it will take many, many more to be able to celebrate the memories in happiness, without the tears.

    You are a hero. Gold, silver, bronze or without a medal, you are a hero.

    Sincerely,

    Kelly

    Comment by Kelly Trotter — 24 February 2010 @ 18:07

  39. Joannie, I wish that God bless your way, because you are the best example from a grand woman and I am sure that always your mom, will be with you, thanks for to be my life inspiration. You have the Gold medal rigth now.

    Comment by Carlos Saenz — 24 February 2010 @ 18:07

  40. Dear Joannie,

    Your performance last night was breathtaking! It brought tears to my eyes. I flashbacked in time to when I lost my dad, brother, and girlfriend. For a few minutes, as you skated beautifully, I allowed myself to let my guard down and remember what it’s like to be in your shoes; to feel the pain, hurt, and confusion after losing a loved one so unexpectedly, and I let my emotions and feelings flow.

    I’m so happy that you were successful last night Joannie. I wish you continued success always! Your strength and grace is simply amazing and admired.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Sanchez
    Hawthorne, California

    Comment by Jim Sanchez — 24 February 2010 @ 18:12

  41. Nos pensees et prieres sont avec toi!
    Your mother’s heart strings are holding up and keeping you strong through this unimaginable time.
    Nous sommes tres fiere de toi!

    Comment by Cindy Restoule — 24 February 2010 @ 18:22

  42. Nos pensees et nos prieres sont avec toi et ta famille Joannie.

    Comment by Jacques Beauregard — 24 February 2010 @ 18:24

  43. “In the night of death, hope sees a star and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing”
    In direct proportion to the intensity of the faith which you muster will you receive power to meet your situations.
    You are very brave and strong.

    Comment by Annette — 24 February 2010 @ 18:27

  44. Joannie,
    The entire Canada and perhaps the entire world is standing behind you and your family. Not only in terms of figure skating, but in all you are working through right now.
    You are truly a remarkable woman, the bravest I will ever know.
    You are truly an inspiration to all athletes, all Canadians

    Comment by Sarah Jane — 24 February 2010 @ 18:29

  45. You did us proud! We knew you would! Our heart and prayers are with you. Continue to be the person you have always been. Keep your Mom close in your heart. Remember the “good times”. There are so many of them for you to cherish. We love you! G-d Bless! You are Canada’s “Golden Girl!” xoxo

    Comment by Deb, Joe, Jaycee, Matt, Kirsten & Norman Marcovitch, Toronto, ON Canada — 24 February 2010 @ 18:32

  46. Mon coeur sort pour vous. Je n’aurait pas été forte même maintenant je ne suis pas courageux, étant donné que mon père est décédé. Vous êtes mon héros. Je serai pour vous

    Amour

    Emma

    p.s.
    Envoyez-moi un retour si vous le pouvez

    Comment by fatimah — 24 February 2010 @ 18:35

  47. Hi,
    Miss Joannie Rochette,
    I loved your performance,it was the first time you were performing after 4 years, you dedicated your performance to your mom ,it was truly tremendous ,but something terrible happened to your life i don’t want to mention it.
    Well i wish that rest of your life is happy, great and without tears…
    And ya best of luck for your next performance.
    Bye :D
    Filza
    student , Mississauga
    OnTaRiO!!

    Comment by filza — 24 February 2010 @ 18:53

  48. Joannie,

    Hier soir, j’ai pleuré des larmes les plus tristes pour vous à la fin de votre performance. Je sais que c’était difficile à faire, mais je suis très très fier de vous et je sais que votre maman est fière de vous et de votre perfection vraie hier soir. L’Amérique vous soutient!

    Rusty Owens
    Annapolis, Maryland USA

    Comment by Rusty Owens — 24 February 2010 @ 18:59

  49. Your mom really did something right to show the strength you did last night! Last night every mother was your mother. Stay stong girl, you are so much stronger than you know. Best wishes and all my condolences.

    Comment by Veronique — 24 February 2010 @ 19:00

  50. As a mother I would want my daughter to be strong enough to follow her dreams even at a time like this. I know she is very proud of you. My family and myself are praying for you. God Bless you.

    Comment by Rebecca Simmons — 24 February 2010 @ 19:02

  51. You have already delivered the most poignant moment of these Olympic games. Scott Hamilton said it best when he said, “Oh what a gift she has given us.” You have honoured your mother in the most magnificent way imaginable. Everything about your performance last night was perfect – your skating, the music, your dress, your hair and makeup and even the painted roses on your shoulder. I said a little prayer for you before you skated and will do it again on Thursday. At this grievous time, I believe that your dear mother is giving you the strength that you need, and will continue to do so. With every step, every move, she is with you, being as the saying goes, “the wind beneath your wings.” Joannie Rochette, you are a true champion and have won the respect and endearment of people all over the world.

    Comment by Maureen Eason — 24 February 2010 @ 19:03

  52. Hi Joannie!

    I’m a great fan. Your performance on tuesday for the winter olympic games was amazing.
    All the best on your thursday performance and I’ll be cheering you on.
    And I know you’ll win the gold medal! Good luck!

    Serena

    Comment by Serena — 24 February 2010 @ 19:03

  53. God bless yoursweet heart dear girl. Your courage at the Olympics is precious and your Mother sees you from heaven I promise. My sisters and I suffered similar grief & loss when our beloved Mom passed away suddenly a few years ago. We couldn’t imagine we’d ever recover, but time will help – have faith & keep skating your best for love. You are in our hearts & prayers.
    <333

    Comment by Lynn Nielsen — 24 February 2010 @ 19:05

  54. Joannie,

    I hadn’t been following figure skating over the last few years but have watched it during these 2010 Olympics. I was quite touched by the recent passing of your Mother. I just heard that you are an only child. I too am an only child (49 years old) and know first hand how devastating it can be to loose your Mother at any age. I was always very close to both my parents but my Mother and I were very closely bonded. My Father died in 1996 on the Friday after Thanksgiving and my Mother died in the wee hours of New Years Day in 2006. It is the hardest thing you will ever endure. But your Mother will ALWAYS be with you. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May God bless you and your family and give you the support you need at this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Ms. Geri Peterman
    Cleveland, Ohio USA

    Comment by Geri Peterman — 24 February 2010 @ 19:07

  55. Hey Joannie,

    I want to say how very sorry I am to hear of the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you and your family, and I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers, and that I have know doubt that your mother will be in your heart no matter what you choose to do in life, or where your path takes you. I wish you all the best in the 2010 Olympics, and in everything that you do in the future. I pray that God will be the guiding light in this very dark time.

    Sincerely, and all the best
    Timothy Read

    Comment by Timothy Read — 24 February 2010 @ 19:08

  56. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I lost my Dad 1 year ago today and my heart and prayers go out to you. Keep your Mom in your heart, she will live with you forever and I know she is shining her smiles down to you. May you go all the way!

    Shanda (Michigan, USA)

    Comment by Shanda Golda — 24 February 2010 @ 19:18

  57. Hey Darlin”:

    I’ll be honest and admit that I know nothing about your sport and respectfully about you. But, I heard the news about your mother and wanted to offer my prayers. I am sorry and I wish you the best in the Olympics. I WILL BE ROUTING FOR YOU!!!

    JT Tosadori
    Hagerstown, MD., USA

    Comment by JT Tosadori — 24 February 2010 @ 19:20

  58. Joannie: Just a note from a neighbor to the south. I watched your beautiful performance last night. I offer you the condolences and long distance hugs from a mother in America tonight. You are in my prayers. God bless you.

    Comment by Elizabeth Brower — 24 February 2010 @ 19:20

  59. You exemplify courage and have shown the world, what life and sport is all about. Know that the world is pulling for you!

    Comment by Rod — 24 February 2010 @ 19:20

  60. God Bless

    Comment by phil — 24 February 2010 @ 19:22

  61. Joannie, We watched your performance last night. You were magnificant. At a very difficult time in your life you made your Mom & Dad very proud. We are very sorry for your loss at this time. Your ability to put such a performance together at such a difficult time in your life is a mark of a trully gold medal performance.
    We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming skate later this week.
    Joannie……. Go for the gold

    Cheers from a proud Canadian

    Comment by Norm Ullock Toronto, ON — 24 February 2010 @ 19:25

  62. Joannie, my family and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You have shown such grace and courage in the face of your heartbreak and we admire you so much for that. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Comment by Laura Weston — 24 February 2010 @ 19:27

  63. Dear Joannie, Just a short note to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss, and how proud of you I am for your performance on the ice.
    Just know that your mom is closer to you know because she is now with you spiritually.
    God bless you and your family!

    Comment by Jon Neugebauer — 24 February 2010 @ 19:27

  64. You are an amazing woman! Thank you for giving us a gift, of you, at this most difficult time. I know the Love & support of your fans will carry you to the podium in a ride you could never have imagined in your wildest dreams. Go for Canada. We Love you. Just want to also say that your costume on Tues. night was so well made. Some of us thought the rose design was painted on your back! Good seamstress.
    Love & hugs from a former figure skater & Mother. Diane.

    Comment by Diane — 24 February 2010 @ 19:29

  65. Dear Joannie,

    I watched you skate the other night and was moved to tears. I lost my mother suddenly in April. All I can say is that my heart goes out to you and that your performance was beautiful and inspiring.

    Best,
    Brooke Alexander

    Comment by Brooke Alexander — 24 February 2010 @ 19:33

  66. Hi, Joannie. I’m really sorry for your mother. Of course, it’s been difficult from the time that she was gone. Sometimes life catches us by surprise. Some of which is difficult to recover. But you’re showing you can do it very well. Even with all the things you’re going, did not give you what you do best: dancing on ice. You know, I saw your short program and after all you were very good. Want to know something, even if you do not win the gold medal or no, the woman most successful competition is yourself. Not everyone has the same willpower that you have. I admire that in you. I know you worked hard for this and deserves to win the gold medal. But is not the medal that will tell you is the best: everyone already knows that.
    If I’m not wrong, tomorrow will be your presentation of the long program. Surely I’ll be rooting for you. And of course you deserve a lot of that gold medal.
    However, the outcome-alone you are already victorious.
    Wherever your mother is, she is very proud of you.
    Success and all the best wishes to you, girl.
    Oh yeah, I almost forget: you just have earned a huge fan.
    Raíssa

    Comment by Raíssa — 24 February 2010 @ 19:35

  67. hey, Joannie
    I want to congratulate you with a brilliant performance in the short program, competition is not over yet, but what you have done so far and the way you did it, made you worthy of the title of a true Olympic athlete. No matter how it goes, so I look at you with the same admiration, as if you should have won the gold medal

    Comment by Hans Anton Kristiansen — 24 February 2010 @ 19:38

  68. Joannie
    Congratulations on a wonderful skate last evening. We are cheering and praying for you as you skate the skate of your life. You have given us all strength as you persevere in a very difficult time. We love you and we are cheering for you. “We believe there’s an angel with you!!”
    Sincerely,
    The residents at the Kyle Health Centre Long Term Care Facility in Kyle, Saskatchewan
    Hugs to you and your family

    Comment by Kyle Health Centre Residents — 24 February 2010 @ 19:39

  69. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother and my thoughts are with you and your father. I am deeply moved by your courage to stay and compete at the Olympics for yourself, her memory, and your country. Your mother was and is extraordinarily proud, without a doubt.

    Comment by Rachel Kirkland — 24 February 2010 @ 19:44

  70. Dear Joannie,
    Please accept my deepest condolances for the sudden loss of your mother. Your short program was amazing and brought me to tears. I have no doubt in my mind that your mother was watching you and with you throughout your whole program.
    I too lost my mom when she was only 54 very sudden. I give you so much credit for having the courage, strength, and dedication to get out onto that ice and skate like you have never skated before! I know for a fact that I would not have been able to do that.
    So thank you for being an inspiration!! And even though I’m a US citizen, I’m routing you on for gold tomorrow night!!!!!!
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Meghan – NY

    Comment by Meghan - New York, USA — 24 February 2010 @ 19:45

  71. I appreciated watching you grow as a skater and person over the past few years. Your commitment, courage and love of your sport demonstrates strong personal values developed in a loving and supportive family environment. Your mother and father are very proud of you and will be; whether here on earth or watching from heaven.

    God bless you and keep you safe, you are an excellent role model for us all; and a great ambassador for your country, sport and above all your family. If this site allows I would like to share this poem with you.

    Cliff

    She is Gone

    You can shed tears that she is gone,
    Or you can smile because she lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember her and only that she is gone
    Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what she would want:
    Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.

    Comment by Cliff Roach — 24 February 2010 @ 19:46

  72. Joannie:

    I want to express my sincere condolences to you upon the sad occasion of your mother’s sudden death. She was much too young to leave you, especially at this time in your life when your hard work and dedication and her commitment to your skating dreams are coming to fruition in front of the whole world. My heart broke for you and your father when I saw the tears in your eyes and his at the end of your phenomenal program last night.

    I’ve been following your career progression for a number of years. First of all, I guess it’s because we share a similar first name (when I was growing up, I was known as Joni). Secondly, I have always admired your determination, attitude and maturity as you experienced the peaks and valleys in the skating world.

    You are an inspiration to me and countless other supporters around the world. Long after the Olympics end, you’ll be in my thoughts. Losing your mother is a crushing loss, no matter at what age. Take care, and make sure to allow yourself some time to grieve. Be sure to talk about her and share your cherished memories with your friends and family — it will help keep her alive.

    Your friend,
    Joan Smrtic

    Comment by Joan Smrtic — 24 February 2010 @ 19:48

  73. Be strong….you are an inspiration for all of Canada and beyond ! Your mom is watching over you and giving you strength!

    Comment by Gail & Ron Bard — 24 February 2010 @ 19:49

  74. My family will keep you and your Father in our prayers. I know loosing a Mother is horrible, but your bravery is an inspiration to everyone that sees you. Your Mother would be so proud of you. Over the years she taught you to be strong and you showed the world that strenght.

    I just wanted you to know that there are so many people who wish you well and are cheering for you to medal tonight.

    God Bless You

    Comment by Carol Helms — 24 February 2010 @ 19:51

  75. Félicitation Joannie

    J’admire ton courage et ta détermination.
    Je suis la mère d’un athlète et belle-mère d’une olympienne, je sais comment tu travailles fort pour y arriver.
    Hier j’étais très fière de toi tout comme ta mère l’a été car je suis certaine que’elle t’accompagne.
    Je te souhaite mes plus sincères condoléances

    Denise Trottier

    Comment by Denise Trottier — 24 February 2010 @ 19:51

  76. To Joannie:
    I was very impressed with your performance of the short program. I almost cried after seeing Mao’s performance but your performance was more impressive than Mao’s. I am very sorry to hear about your mother; I very much repect you for being so strong. I hope you the best success I give all my simpathy from Tokyo. I am looking forward to seeing your free program. Please cheer up and god gless you.
    With all my heart and respect from your fan in Tokyo.

    Comment by Naoko Orishige — 24 February 2010 @ 19:55

  77. Dear Joannie,
    My heart goes out to you. I cried as I watched your emotional skate last night, as I was feeling your pain. My mom passed away a month before I was to get married ( this past July ), as much as I wanted to call the entire thing off, I knew how excited she was for me and how proud she was of me and to see me happy. I admire you for stepping onto the ice after 2 short days. I don’t know you, but I am guessing you had the same reasoning; to make mom proud.
    Our moms are in Heaven together, cheering us on down the path of life. It is the most horrible thing that they aren’t physically, but look for her in the little things of life and I promise you will see her.
    Be strong, be sad, smile, cry, and do it all for mom.
    Becky Venier

    Comment by Becky Venier — 24 February 2010 @ 19:58

  78. Dear Joannie,

    Please except my deepest sympathy. You will have your good days and your bad days always
    keep your memories of your mom close to your heart.
    My Brother died of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2004 and I still have my days.
    so hang in there Joannie and I will Pray for you and your family.

    You did a Beautiful job on your short program and when you got off the ice
    and fall apart in your coaches arms I started to cry like a girl.
    I will watch and cheer for you during your long program. You can do it.
    I’m very proud of you.
    Good luck from Denver Colorado.

    Take care,

    In Christ name

    Comment by Craig Stephenson — 24 February 2010 @ 19:59

  79. Chère Joannie,

    I am from Vancouver and watched you skate on TV last night. Like million others all over the world, I was deeply moved by your courage and grace, and beautiful performance. I am so proud of you. You inspired me and touched my life. My thoughts are with you. And thank you.

    Miwa Kato

    Comment by Miwa Kato — 24 February 2010 @ 20:04

  80. Sorry to hear about your mother my thoughts are with you. You are a very strong person to perservere through such a difficult time.

    Comment by Leona Rieger — 24 February 2010 @ 20:05

  81. My name is shanice and i am from a middle school in mississauga. I am really sorry about your mom passing away.I know you are going thorugh alot but always remember she is always there with you and cheering you on in sprit.She is always by your side were you go. You are an amazing performer. I know this must be hard to skate on the ice but you are a strong woman who can go throught tough things. People are now looking up to you. They know if you can go thorugh this we all can. you inspire me.

    Comment by Shanice — 24 February 2010 @ 20:18

  82. Bonjour Joannie ,
    Je m’appelle Andreea, j’ ai 9 ans.

    Je te souhaite bonne chance aux Jeux Olympique
    de Vancouver.

    Je te trouve super.

    Saveais-tu que j ai fait un expose oral sur toi cette semaine?

    Ne lache pas , on t’aime beaucoup.

    ecrie moi
    Andreea Popa (Denise)

    Comment by Andrea Denise Popa — 24 February 2010 @ 20:19

  83. I want to start by saying how sorry I am about your loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I also want to say how proud I am of you and how inspiring you are, not only to me but to all Canadians. Unfortunately I missed you short program but heard nothing but great things about it and I wish you all the best in the long program, which I will be watching and cheering you on. No matter the outcome, you have made Canada proud and I know Canada is behind you. This one is for your mom. Good Luck Joannie.

    Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Mignault — 24 February 2010 @ 20:20

  84. Joannie,

    I wanted you to know that you did such a wonderful, wonderful job with your performance yesterday evening. I too have lost my Mom and know what it’s like to feel the sadness you feel. You had me in tears and I thought it was important you know that not only did you honor your Mom’s memory by skating but, in a lovely way, you honored everyone else’s Mom’s who have passed as well because your beautiful performance reminded us for them.

    I’m sending you positive thoughts and hugs your way.

    Adrienne

    Comment by Adrienne — 24 February 2010 @ 20:24

  85. You just go and rock that arena tomorrow night!
    My husband was born in Nova Scotia, I started skating at the age of 41:)
    We love to watch you skate, you are awesome, and a true inspiration.
    Jan and Paul Doucette

    Comment by Jan Doucette — 24 February 2010 @ 20:26

  86. I love you Joannie!! You are my inspiration and when I watched you skate yesterday I was so proud to be Canadian. <3

    Comment by Joyce Lee — 24 February 2010 @ 20:27

  87. Joannie I wish you all the luck in your competition. God bless your mom I know she is with you and is very proud of you..I myself lost my dad close to your moms age..again my prayers are with you and your family god bless

    Comment by angel — 24 February 2010 @ 20:27

  88. Hi Joannie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how you feel, but my mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis two years ago when I was 16. I want to thank you for being an inspiration.I will no longer use this as an excuse for mediocre results, but I will use it as a strength and try harder, work harder and live more passionately. Thanks for showing me it is possible.
    MUCH LOVE AND GOOD LUCK GIRL!
    xo

    Comment by Jelena Avramovic — 24 February 2010 @ 20:29

  89. Oh Joannie, you skated so beautifully on Tuesday night. I can’t wait until your Thursday skate. You are an amazing woman and the whole world seems to agree. My heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your mother. God bless,

    Joanne
    Vancouver, BC

    Comment by Joanne Anderson — 24 February 2010 @ 20:31

  90. Bonjour Joannie,
    Je veux te dire à quel point ton histoire et ta force me touche. En regardant ta performance hier soir (mardi le 23 février) j’ai élacté en sanglots en te regardant, je te donne tous mes sympathies au monde! J’ai perdu mon père suite à une crise cardiaque il y 10 ans, lorsque j’en avais que 12. Je peux comprender à quel point c’est difficile de se lever un matin et d’apprendre qu’un de tes parents est décédé. Tu as performé de manière sublime hier et j’étais avec toi de tout coeur et esprit. Continue tes belles performances, sache que tout le monde est avec toi et je t’encourage de tout mon coeur. Bonne chance, tu es la meilleure!

    Comment by Anonyme — 24 February 2010 @ 20:39

  91. Your brave and marvelous performance moved us to tears. You and your family are in our prayers.

    Comment by Scott and Terry Lange — 24 February 2010 @ 20:43

  92. Ma chère,

    Vous avez le meme annniversaire que moi!!! et la moitié exacte de mon age. Vous etes très jolie et très forte!!! Bravo! J’ai perdu ma mére il y a 2 ans et votre situation me touche beaucoup!! Courage – un jour à la fois. Que Dieu vous fortifie!!

    Amitiés et sympathies d’une “soeur de Janvier”!! :)

    Nancy (Suisse et Americaine vivant aux USA maintenant)

    Comment by Nancy Maillefer — 24 February 2010 @ 20:48

  93. hi Joannie hope you are doing well sorry about your mothers death you skated so well I look up to you as a skater and a person

    Danielle kilburn (10 year old junior bronze skater)

    Comment by Danielle Kilburn — 24 February 2010 @ 20:48

  94. You are a wonderful inspiration to all. Stay strong.

    Comment by Jill S — 24 February 2010 @ 21:07

  95. You have touched so many people with your strength and courage. I know your Mother is watching and so proud. Good luck Thursday. I will be watching and cheering you on.

    Comment by Toni Astralla — 24 February 2010 @ 21:07

  96. I was really sorry to hear about your mom, but you should know that you’re doing an amazing job. Whether or not you win a medal, you’ve already given all of Canada something to be extremely proud of, you’ve shown a lot of strength in competing and you’re a symbol of hope and courage for the rest of our country through these games.

    J’étais vraiment désolé d’entendre a propos de votre mère, mais vous devez savoir que vous faites un travail incroyable. Si oui ou non vous gagnez une médaille, vous avez déjà donné à tous, quelque chose du Canada à être extrêmement fiers, vous avez montré beaucoup de force par des concurrents et vous êtes un symbole d’espoir et de courage pour le reste de notre pays par le biais ces jeux.

    (Don’t know if the translation is exact, my french is really rusty)

    Comment by Dylan — 24 February 2010 @ 21:14

  97. You have shown great courage and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. All the best.

    Comment by Psihogios Family — 24 February 2010 @ 21:20

  98. Dear Joannie, My husband Joe, children Kris, Alexa, Kalen and I, want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your family. Our hearts go out to all of you after such a tragedy. We watched in awe and wonder as you skated beautifully Tuesday evening-I’m sure we all know your very own special angel was watching you too, and you did her, and all of Canada proud. We are blessed to have such a courageous athlete, and person, representing our country at the Olympics. God’s Blessings to all of you. Take care.

    Lori V.

    Comment by Lori V. — 24 February 2010 @ 21:31

  99. Your courage is an inspiration. Be sure to take some extra time to take care of yourself in the weeks and months ahead. I hope you find comfort in cherishing the memories of the time you shared with your mom.

    Comment by Beth — 24 February 2010 @ 21:36

  100. Congratulations on a wonderful skate. Very emotional. Good luck in your long program, but it doesn’t matter where you place, you will be known as Canada’s Golden Girl.

    All of Canada will be thinking of you. Your mom would be so proud of you. As all of Canada is.

    All the best!!!!

    Comment by Keith Rideout — 24 February 2010 @ 21:37

  101. I would like to send my deepest sympathies to you during this difficult time. You did amazing on the short program and when I saw you break down at the end, it made me cry too. Stay strong, and Canada is rooting for you!

    Comment by Saxyn — 24 February 2010 @ 21:49

  102. I believe that hope survives, love prevails, tears cleanse, memories comfort, faith soothes, good thoughts reassure, and that our belief in a better place, a HEAVEN, calms the heart.

    God’s loving arms are open to wrap you in His Love and the comfort He is able to give if you surrender yourself to him.

    Prayers for you and your father. I hope the bittersweet memories of these Olympics strengthen you and you can someday look back without being sad.

    Comment by Carol Froehlidh — 24 February 2010 @ 21:57

  103. Thank you for skating. My thoughts are with you. Your strength is your love and know that you are supported by all Canadians. Our arms stretch out to you and hopefully you will feel comfort and encouragement at this most difficult time. Bless you Joannie

    Comment by lynn duck — 24 February 2010 @ 21:59

  104. My heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your family at this time.
    Your courage to go out and skate at such a time is a sign of your love for your mother. I know she was watching you as you performed a wonderful solo, wanting you to continue as you would have had she been right by your side. As time goes by, remember she is never really gone. The wonderful memories you have of her live on in your heart, and will always be there. She is watching you as you prepare for the long program.
    You are an inspiration to everyone.
    Good luck in the long program.
    Thinking of you and wishing you all the best.
    Glynn Zavaduk
    (former figure skater and coach in British Columbia)

    Comment by Glynn Zavaduk — 24 February 2010 @ 22:02

  105. MY name is Abdul . i go to school in Mississauga i watched your performance it was very touching you were great and i hope you win the gold . Actually still doing the competition shows how brave you really are. you make us all proud to be Canadian.

    Comment by abdul — 24 February 2010 @ 22:09

  106. Hello Joannie,

    I just read about your story on CNN and watched your performance immediately after. I lost my mother on January 24th, 2009…and it was absolutely gut-wrenching. It still is. I almost lost it watching you skate…you were so perfect, so graceful, and so beautiful. To be able to perform under THAT much pressure with a mother’s death fresh on the mind is nothing short of amazing. I just wanted you to know you are in my prayers and I promise you it will get better…it just takes time. You will never forget her and Lord knows she’ll never stop watching over you. Please enjoy your victory and I’m so sorry for your loss. You are an Olympian for obvious reasons – you’re gifted and you have tremendous strength. My hat is off to you. God bless and please take good care of yourself.

    All the best,
    Justin, 28, Bloomington, IN

    Comment by Justin — 24 February 2010 @ 22:23

  107. Dear Joannie,
    As I watched you skate last night,I held my gold cross clinched in my hand asking god to give you strength to do your best. I prayed and asked you to do this for your Mom and know your Mom was watching over you. Stay strong my dear at this sudden and difficult time for you. I will hold my cross each time you skate . When you are skating and the brezze you feel on your face, smile big,think it as your Mom’s whispers saying I am with you and watching you from heaven. All the best to you Joannie. You have already made me and so many Canadians proud.

    Darlene Mathieu
    Guelph,Ontario
    Canada

    Comment by Darlene Mathieu — 24 February 2010 @ 22:23

  108. Joannie,

    I watched a pure example of what bravery is as you skated. It brought me to tears that such a tragedy could befall on someone who only wanted to make her country proud, her family, friends, her mother proud. As awful as it is that she was taken too soon, her spirit will always be with you. It was evident when you skated that you truly were not alone. Tomorrow when you stand on that podium, as difficult as it will be to not see her in those stands – feel her instead in your heart, where she will always reside. I know she’s watching over you and is so proud of what you’ve accomplished. Know that the entire country is with you, and we are so proud of what you’ve accomplished.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Comment by Remika — 24 February 2010 @ 22:27

  109. Joannie you are a very beautiful,Strong ,and courages women.Your Mother is very proud .I also is very proud and a fan after such a hard performance.Our hearts go out to you and your family in such a difficult time.Good luck from the usa.Ray Abel

    Comment by Ray Abel — 24 February 2010 @ 22:29

  110. Joannie,

    I watched your performance last night with awe and tears. You are truly an inspiration to us all. I’m positive that your amazing mother was with you then and she surrounds you and your father now. I can’t imagine the sense of loss you must feel, but know that the WORLD is behind you…rooting for you, your parents, and the dream your family has built a life around.

    God Speed Beautiful Girl!

    Your friends in Boston, MA

    Comment by Michelle - Boston, MA USA — 24 February 2010 @ 22:38

  111. Your Mom gave you the strength to go on and skate the way you did. What a beautiful child she raised. Your performance, your grace, your courage; thank you for her.
    My sincerest and most heartfelt condolence to you, your dad and family. The whole world is Canadian for you.

    Comment by Rosemarie Erickson — 24 February 2010 @ 22:41

  112. Joannie,
    What you did is an inspriration to us all. You have more courage than most of us. I lost my mother on February 7. Two days after she died I know that I could barely keep a thought together. I don’t know how you got out there and skated the way you did, but the minute you did, I was crying for you. And I do know that you made your mother in Heaven prouder than ever, how she must have been shouting. I am American, but my mother is Canandian, and we loved watching the Olympics together. It was always hard for her, because she was torn between rooting with me for USA, and her own country. But tonight I was Canadian with her, because I know that she was shouting for you too. Be well, Joannie, and know that my thoughts are with you. I know what you are going through, because I am there too.

    Comment by Traci Roush — 24 February 2010 @ 22:43

  113. Dear Joannie,
    My deepest Sympathy to you in the sad loss of your mother.My Sympathy to your father,also.You truly showed the TV viewers and the audience in Vancouver what an Olympian is by your spirit and your decision to skate, even in your pain, in honor of your beloved mother. May your happy memories bring you and your family comfort in this most difficult time.
    Sincerely, Maureen Manlove
    Long Beach, California

    Comment by Maureen Manlove — 24 February 2010 @ 22:45

  114. Dear Joannie,
    Another family here in the United States is praying for you and your father. You are an inspiration and it is easy to see why you were the light of your mom’s life.

    Comment by Sheila Newton — 24 February 2010 @ 22:59

  115. Dear Joannie

    Like many Canadian, I was in tears after I saw you skate. You honoured your mother, family, Berthierville, Quebec and Canada with the will, determination and grace that you skated on Tuesday night.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful role model, where Canadians have someone to point to when asked ‘how do you define courage’.

    You are that person, and whatever the outcome, we are behind you all the way, and our hearts are with you now and as you move forward.

    Courage,

    Fergus

    Comment by Fergus Maclaren — 24 February 2010 @ 23:03

  116. Joannie,

    No matter what, this is your moment. Go out there tomorrow and lay it all on the ice, because I know you can do it. Your mother will be with you, the rest of your family, Canada, and fans around the world. You have the gift to share what is inside of you and to help you heal.

    To quote a part of a song that helped me in difficult times:

    Someone’s Watching Over Me

    “So I won’t give up
    No I won’t break down
    Sooner than it seems life turns around
    And I will be strong
    Even if it all goes wrong
    When I’m standing in the dark I’ll still believe
    Someone’s watching over me

    Seen that ray of light
    And it’s shining on my destiny
    Shining all the time
    And I wont be afraid
    To follow everywhere it’s taking me
    All I know is yesterday is gone
    And right now I belong
    To this moment to my dreams”

    All the best tomorrow,
    Jenn – Waterloo, Ontario

    Comment by Jenn B — 24 February 2010 @ 23:06

  117. Your Maman would be SO proud!! You paid her a wonderful tribute with your beautiful and graceful performance yesterday. Bonne chance Joannie!!

    Comment by Deb Togmus — 24 February 2010 @ 23:07

  118. Joannie,

    I must admit I don’t follow skating much, but when I heard the news of your mother, I was deeply touched. This week marks the 5 year anniversary of my mother’s death when I was 19. She was my best friend, as I have heard yours was also. I think it was a beautiful gesture for you to go out and skate on Tuesday night and I am looking forward to seeing you again on Thursday. You are a beautiful and corageous woman and you will get through this with the love and support of your family and friends. Keep your head up!

    Allison Halligan

    Comment by Allison Halligan — 24 February 2010 @ 23:08

  119. You are more inspirational than you can ever know.I have always believed in you as a skater and knew you had great strength within.
    This is why you are a champion!

    Comment by Sandra Lee — 24 February 2010 @ 23:17

  120. Joannie:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I had tears in my eyes when you finished your short program! It was truly an incredible skate and your mom would be very, very proud of you.

    I wish you the best of luck in the free program. Canada is with you!

    Courtney Rubin

    Comment by Courtney Rubin — 24 February 2010 @ 23:17

  121. I saw your performance. You were the best, for me you won the gold medal. I ‘m sorry about your Mother. My deepest sympathy.
    You are a beautiful lady.
    My best wishes for you
    From Mexico
    Ubaldo

    Comment by Ubaldo Villarreal — 24 February 2010 @ 23:39

  122. I wish to you all the greatness anybody can have.

    Already you have been an awesome inspiration to everybody throughout the world and especially all Canadians. Your beauty of character and courage will reign for everybody to know and cherish.

    All the very best!!!

    Comment by Reg Derry — 24 February 2010 @ 23:43

  123. Joannie, after what I saw last night during the short program of the ladies figure skating competition, words cannot fully describe what I think of you. But I will try lol. After watching you skate, after what you have been through, I have never been more proud to be a Canadian in my life! I am so proud of you and feel so much love for you. Being from Montreal, it makes me even more proud as a fellow Quebecer. Apres que t’as fini ta performance, je ne pouvais pas arreter mes larmes et j’ai pleure sans cesse.

    Comme tu peut le deviner, je suis un gros fan des Canadiens de Montreal et certains soirs, quand je vois certains jouers, pas seulement du Canadien mais dans les aurtres equipes aussi, qui soint payes des millions pour jouer un jeu , ne donnant pas leurs 100 % a chaque soir et apres ca, voyant la courage que t’as demontre, peu imprte ta excellente performance, me dit que t’est un vrai championne et un vrai “role model” et hero.

    Just typing all of this is making me emotional. You are such a courageous person, a true hero and someone worthy to be looked up to. You are an inspiration to everyone and we all love you so much and are with you 100 % no matterif you win or lose, no matter your scores or decisions. Rochette is the best! (a fitting rhyme)

    May God bless you and give you strength to go through all of this. I love you Joannie!

    Comment by Raffi Gerikyan — 24 February 2010 @ 23:54

  124. Joannie,
    we are all very proud of you! Your poise and grace are an example to us all. All 30 million of us Canadians support you!
    Bonne Chance!

    Comment by Melissa Funke — 24 February 2010 @ 23:54

  125. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

    I know that bottomless feeling but I climbed out as have others,
    and you will too.

    May peace be with you.

    Tim
    Brantford, ON

    Comment by Tim — 24 February 2010 @ 23:59

  126. Dear Joannie, words of sympathy cannot express the tragic loss of your mother. You are an inspiration to all Canadians and I hope you feel the love and support of all of us. Your short program was beautiful. We love you Joannie and you are in our hearts and souls. Please remember your Mom will always be with you, you may not see or be able to touch her, but her love and spirit are with you.
    Jane

    Comment by Jane Royce — 25 February 2010 @ 00:00

  127. The courage you have shown just competing in these olympics is beyond words. You truly exemplify the meaning of being Canadian. In times like this we get to see the true strength of individuals and yours cannot be challenged. I am certain you have made your mother proud.

    Your performance in the short program had me, a 24 year old man, in tears. As a physician you have motivated me to ensure I gave my best to my patients, regardless of the personal circumstances in my life. All the best in the long program!

    Regardless of the outcome you are being admired by many, and the entire country sends their condolences. Do not forget that you are all of Canada’s daughter and we are always behind you.
    All the best during this difficult time. God bless.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Vikram Kapoor (Toronto, Ontario)

    Comment by Dr. Vikram Kapoor — 25 February 2010 @ 00:00

  128. Joannie
    My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I lost my mother when she was only 51 years old; I am now 58 and I still miss her. Know in your heart that she is with you always, and if you keep her in your heart, she will be there when you need her…forever.
    I have loved to watch you skate over the years and you have made all Canadians proud by continuing your dream.
    I couldn’t help but laugh at my local sports radio station when all the “macho guys” on there had to admit today that they all cried (or at the very least were choked up) during and certainly after your performance in the short program. All of Canada held their collective breath for you.
    You are loved by many. Take care.

    Comment by Sandy — 25 February 2010 @ 00:02

  129. You are an inspiration to the entire country and I hope you perform well. Inspiration can be found anywhere:)

    Comment by Taylor — 25 February 2010 @ 00:15

  130. Have a terrific skate tomorrow night! Your mother will be with you, of course, then and always. You were so graceful and will no doubt be again in the next skate. Canada believes in you!!!!

    Comment by Jennifer Lee — 25 February 2010 @ 00:20

  131. Butte, Montana, US. I watched you with a very heavy heart for the loss of your mom. I lost my mom 3 years ago and I miss her everyday. Your mom was with you when you were skating and I am sure she was very proud of you as millions of people around the world were. So very sorry for your loss. Take care,

    Comment by Tane Schulte — 25 February 2010 @ 00:22

  132. huge fan love you

    Comment by lulu — 25 February 2010 @ 00:27

  133. LOVE YOU HUGE FAN YOU ROCK

    Comment by lulu — 25 February 2010 @ 00:28

  134. Joannie,
    I’m deeply saddened to hear about your loss and I can imagine how difficult this must be for you.
    I’m praying for God to help you and your family to find strength and love in your hearts to overcome such difficult time and I wish I could say or do anything to help you and your family.
    I’m sure your Mom is watching you and she couldn’t be any more proud of such a beautiful, courageous, talented, kind and gentle young lady that she raised.

    Sincerely,
    Fernanda

    Comment by Fernanda — 25 February 2010 @ 00:43

  135. Joannie-

    Watching you skate was the single most powerful moment I can recall in my long life. When you skate your long program, I know, there will not be Canadians or Americans or Koreans or any other nationalities. Simply people, like me, loving you and lifting you with our hearts all over the world. You have already won this competition but I know you will complete it with a medal around your neck. Remain strong and soar.

    In loving…
    Jack

    Comment by Jack P — 25 February 2010 @ 00:50

  136. Joannie,
    My name is Monica Arnold, I’m 27 years old and live in Houston, Texas. You don’t know me, but I’ve had the honor of getting to know a little about you. There are no words to describe the emotion, no words to describe even what to tell someone who’s experienced what you have, and yet I keep trying… you are an amazing woman, you did an extraordinary performance last night, and my heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you, your father, and your family. When you leave the Olympic Games, find peace in your time of grieving. You are an inspiration, a burst of hope, a force of determination, a current of strength ~ you may not have intended to be, but as we (the viewers) have been able to see into your life, we’ve grown from your story. Thank you for skating last night. Thank you for letting us weep with you. Thank you for letting us in to your heart. You are a blessing.

    Sincerely,
    Monica Lisa Arnold

    Comment by MONICA ARNOLD — 25 February 2010 @ 00:51

  137. Hi Joannie -
    I was so deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your mother this week in the midst of the Olympics. I myself lost my father several years ago so I truly understand the pain you are feeling right now. I know that your loss is especially difficult because you are trying to be so strong in the middle of competition. You are indeed a woman with a heart of gold. I may not be Canadian, but I admire you so much for continuing on in the midst of your deepest pain and tears. Do your best and know that so many people wish you well. God bless you and your father. Good luck in your skating in Vancouver. I know your Mom is so proud of you, Joannie!

    With sincerest condolences,
    Sandy N., USA

    Comment by Sandy N. — 25 February 2010 @ 00:59

  138. Joannie, I am so sorry for your loss, but know you were a gift and treasure to your beloved Mother. I know she’s always going to be looking after you. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless you, Angela and Family

    Joannie, je suis tellement désolé pour votre perte, mais quel cadeau vous à votre mère. Je sais qu’elle va toujours être s’occupe de vous. Mes prières sont avec vous et votre famille. Que Dieu vous bénisse, Angela et de la famille

    Comment by Angela D. Viencek — 25 February 2010 @ 01:18

  139. Joannie, I love you. Your tears worth. Try your best sweetie

    Comment by anh tran — 25 February 2010 @ 01:22

  140. hey good luck on thursday !!!! and soooo sorry bout your ma :( i’ll be watchin :)

    Comment by Terry Linke — 25 February 2010 @ 01:30

  141. Joannie,
    First of all I’m truly sorry to hear about your mom. Second, I am so proud of you. I too, lost my mother suddenly last year, and I know the terrible feeling of not being able to run to your mom in the moment you know she would be most proud of. You’ve showed incredible strength, but morning is absolutely necessary. Remember the good times, they will get you through almost anything. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Comment by Lauren — 25 February 2010 @ 01:34

  142. Joannie, I was so saddened to hear of your loss at what should be one of the best times of your life. I too lost my mom unexpectedly and know the pain of not having that last chance to tell her I love her, to let her know how much she meant to me, and to say goodbye. The strength you have shown on the ice and by continuing on with your Olympics not only shows your love for her, but also reflects the love she gave you and the wonderful job she did in raising a strong, confident young woman.

    I don’t know your personal beliefs, but I believe that our loved ones never truly leave us and that they are watching us, celebrating our successes, mourning our losses and helping us through our hardships. As such I know your mom is with you now, much as mine is with me, and that she is very proud of you in everything you do.

    The 30+ milliion Canadians are so very proud to have you as a representative of us on the world stage, as you’ve shown courage, composure and most of all heart at this most difficult time. Whatever may happen during your skates in Vancouver, you have shown that you are a champion in life. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Comment by Anonymous — 25 February 2010 @ 01:37

  143. It is amazing what you have continued to acomplish during a time that almost no one will be able to comprehend. I know you have prayers for your loss and new fans, even this one way south of the your home border. God bless you and continued success.

    Comment by Perry Prince — 25 February 2010 @ 01:37

  144. We are very sorry for your loss, you make us proud to be a Canadian, our thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this time.

    Comment by Gail — 25 February 2010 @ 01:49

  145. Joannie, my sincere condolences to you and your family. You are truely awesome and I hope you win a gold medal and your Mom will be proud of you and watching over you.

    Comment by Kathy L — 25 February 2010 @ 01:59

  146. I heard that your mother died in 2010 hope she lives in peace and hope you to live in peace love Mat calvillo

    Comment by Mathew calvillo — 25 February 2010 @ 02:04

  147. Dear Joannie,

    I can’t say that I know exactly what you are going through but I do know what it’s like to lose a mother. Your performance last night in the short program was so moving and inspiring and no matter what happens, you are loved by all Canadians.

    Warm wishes,
    Rachel

    Comment by Rachel — 25 February 2010 @ 02:26

  148. Dear Joannie,
    I watched a repeat of your performance and AGAIN I cried all the way through it; not only because of your strength and the fact that you were able to compete …….. let alone skate so wonderfully, but because it made me think of my own dear mum.
    I was a young teenager when I saw my grandfather die; years later I was with my father when he died and then ten years later I told my mum it was OK to go to sleep when when she was in hospital and her organs were failing her. She was SO scared to go to sleep, fearing that she wouldn’t wake up – indeed she didn’t – she slipped away – the moment she let herself go to sleep.
    Two years after that my husband died when our son was just 8mths of age. Roger died at home from a brain tumour with our young son making happy baby noises as his dad left this world.
    My mum never saw me married or have a child and even though it’s 18 years since she passed away, it often seems like it was yesterday!
    God bless you Joannie – you’re an inspiration! I wish you success with your skating and a wonderful life!
    Kind Regards,
    Anne Cobcroft
    (Sydney, Australia)

    Comment by Anne Cobcroft — 25 February 2010 @ 02:44

  149. Dear Joannie,
    It was SO good to ‘see your heart on the ice’ after such a heartbreaking experience only 48 hours prior! Your Mom (and Dad) TRULY have raised a full fledge CHAMPION! My husband and I were SO inspired and DEEPLY touched by your faith, perseverance and dedication to your goal of the Olympic Dream!
    We were SO proud of you, A CANADIAN with a TOUGH story but ‘against all odds’….You skated and tomorrow…… YOU CAN DO IT!:) You make me want to be a better wife, mom and musician!
    GOD BLESS YOU INCREDIBLY! (“YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME” Phil. 4:13 Bible:)
    Our prayers and support are with you 200%!
    Blessings,
    Ken and Mona Bartel and Gracie and Amy:)

    Comment by Mona L. Bartel — 25 February 2010 @ 02:54

  150. Joannie,
    You have brought some much joy and pleasure to Canadians. We have loved watching you skate, as well as grow and mature into a remarkable woman. I thank you for the delight I have experienced watching you at competitions, Stars On Ice and on television. My heart and thoughts are with you during this time of grief and great sadness. Words cannot describe the courage you displayed skating the short but I am so glad you were able to skate such a beautifully executed programme for your mother. Blessings to you as you prepare and skate the long programme and know that the love of so many is with you. May it help in the difficult days ahead.

    Comment by EIleen Markwick — 25 February 2010 @ 02:57

  151. I just wanted to tell you how much you inspired me. I lost my grandmother in November. She helped raise me as a child, and she was so incredibly precious to me. I know how difficult it is to keep going, keep moving and keep fighting. But I so admire your strength and courage for giving your very best even while struggling with your grief. You’re an inspiration. I hope that your memories of your mother give you comfort and peace. The whole world is watching you, embracing you, and feeling pride in your strength.Your mother is so proud. Take care of yourself, dear girl.

    Comment by Michelle — 25 February 2010 @ 02:59

  152. Hey.. Just want to say i hope all goes well in BC.. I am from BC myself however living in Toronto. I wish i was there to watch your game. Please accept my best regards. You being strong, stepping on that ice was the smartest and strongest thing you could possible do in your life. Your performance left few tears on most of the peoples eye. Be strong, bring home medal. We all will be cheering for you

    Comment by Vagif — 25 February 2010 @ 03:43

  153. Joannie:

    I live in the USA, in Texas. I was unable to see your competition at the time it originally aired, but was fortunate enough to watch it online.
    I am a mother of 2, both are 15 years old. I am an only child, as are you. Joannie…as a fan of ice skating, I am so very proud of you. As a mother, I am so very in awe of you. I imagine the pain has been so horrible for you and I hope you feel the complete scope of support you have from everyone…Canadian or not.
    You showed an incredible spirit in your skate. I am at a loss for the right words to express how very amazed and (for lack of a better word) proud I am to have witnessed your flawless dedication to your mother and her obvious support of you and your goals. She would have been so proud to watch you skate…but please know how even more proud of you she is now…to watch you skate under such sad and emotional times.
    I hope I didn’t make you even more sad; all of my words are simply meant as congratulatory and supportive. All my best to you and please don’t let this be the last we see of you!
    You had wings in that performance, I do not think that was an accident!!!

    All my best to you and your family.
    Angela Bennett-Engele
    Lewisville, Texas USA

    Comment by Angela Engele — 25 February 2010 @ 03:53

  154. Dear Joanie;

    Je suis desole que vous ayez perdu votre mere, votre chere amie. Mais, je suis certain que votre mere etait bien heureuse en vous regarder patiner. C’est example de tant que vous aimez votre mere.

    Je vous promete que je vais prier pour vous et votre famille.

    Richard

    Comment by Richard Doyle — 25 February 2010 @ 04:05

  155. Joannie, I want you to know that Canada is behind you through this time. You are such a brave young lady and your performance was second to none. I know your mom is smiling. My heartfelt condolences. You are an inspiration to all athletes and all Canadians, as we all know how difficult adversity can be, but few could imagine the strength and perseverance you have to continue this experience. I, like many, wish I could reach through the screen and hug you, tell you how proud we all are of you, and how we wish we could take your pain away. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family and my best wishes for your success.

    Comment by BJ Clancy — 25 February 2010 @ 04:06

  156. Joannie,

    I work with actor Kirk Cameron and author Ray Comfort at The Way of the Master and Living Waters.

    Great performance. I wept almost the whole way through it.

    Below are a few bible verses that might bring comfort to you during your loss.

    Trish

    “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Jesus (John 14:18).

    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

    My soul, wait in silence for God only,
    For my hope is from Him.
    He only is my rock and my salvation,
    My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
    On God my salvation and my glory rest;
    The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
    Trust in Him at all times, O people;
    Pour out your heart before Him;
    God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8

    “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Rev 21:4

    For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
    He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
    His heart is steady;
    he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
    Psalm 112: 6 -8

    Comment by Trisha Ramos — 25 February 2010 @ 04:37

  157. 25 février 2010

    Chère Joannie, Tu est un tel exemple de courage pour nous tous(es) Québécois (es)!
    Comme mère de famille je souhaites que mes deux grandes filles te prennent en exemple dans les coups dur de leur vie…
    Je te souhaites le meilleur dans ta prestation aujourd’hui jeudi, je serai de tes admiratrice c’est certain, bonne chance pour la médaille, je suis certaine que tu y arrivera ma grande car ta mère te tiendra la main! xoxoxo

    Comment by Carole Boudreau — 25 February 2010 @ 05:03

  158. My heart goes out to you and your family. All of Australia gives you our support.

    Comment by Kathryn Harris — 25 February 2010 @ 06:28

  159. Joannie,
    I don’t follow skating…..but I saw the reports of your performance. I lost my mother recently. I could feel your involuntary expression of love for your departed Mother….it touched me to my soul.
    I never heard of you prior to all the press coverage…. and I am so happy for your power and grace on the ice that so deservedly resulted in your glorious Triumph.
    Your Mother has to be so proud………….. good job !!

    Sincerely,

    Daniel

    Comment by Daniel J. DeCoursey — 25 February 2010 @ 07:33

  160. Dear Joannie You a Great inspiration to ALL Canadian My deepest Condolences to you and Your family at this time. keep your head up,Your mother would have wanted you to. She would have Been so proud.

    ED
    Timmins, Ontario

    Comment by Ed Melanson — 25 February 2010 @ 08:23

  161. Joannie,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your dad in my prayers and I wish you all the best for the free skate tonight. I lost my father as a teenager and I know what it feels like to lose someone you love so much. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that your mom is always with you in your heart and I know she will be with you as you skate tonight. I’ll be watching with my mom and we’ll be cheering for you!

    All the best,
    Patrizia Bellotto
    Whitby, ON

    Comment by Patrizia Bellotto — 25 February 2010 @ 08:24

  162. Miss Rochette,
    Congratulations on coming in 3rd in skating, hope to see more of you in Olympic Sports.
    Our Prayers are with you for the loss of your mother.

    Stan Hausam
    Mary Swan,
    Seymour, MO

    Comment by Stan Hausam — 25 February 2010 @ 08:28

  163. We will be watching Ur free skate tonight with all of our best wishes for U…this has been a tremendously difficult time for U and U have show extreme courage…our thought and prayers are with U today and always as U move through Ur life

    Comment by Bev & Dan Charlebois — 25 February 2010 @ 08:29

  164. Joannie – we are all hoping you have another personal best long proramme tonight. Your Mom’s spirit will be with you all the way! No matter what the result, you deserve a gold medal for skating through your pain! Your Mom would be SO proud!

    Comment by Clare Keast — 25 February 2010 @ 08:44

  165. Dear Joannie, I just want you to know that I am praying for you. When you skated your short program, my heart went out to you. I have contacted all my on-line prayer partners and we are all praying for God’s strenghth for you. You are so brave and loved.

    Shaaron in Barrie Ontario.

    Comment by Shaaron Kirkwood — 25 February 2010 @ 08:46

  166. Joannie, i understand the lose of a family member. my father passing away was sudden and unexpected. what i will never understand is the amount of pressure you may feel. but i will say is that you can and will be strong, for just as my fathers spirit lives within me, so will your mothers live in you. you can do it Joannie, stay strong and keep the faith.

    will love from the USA,

    sincerely,

    ryan

    Comment by Ryan — 25 February 2010 @ 08:54

  167. All the best to you and all Olympians for the great performance and all your work to get to the Olympics. You are all super athletes and great people representing Canada.
    From Manitoba
    Marvin

    Comment by Marvin Verstraete — 25 February 2010 @ 09:06

  168. Joannie, on pense a toi pendant ce temp difficile et on te dit “bravo ” pour ta belle performance. Bonne Chance! bisoux

    Comment by chantal — 25 February 2010 @ 09:07

  169. Joannie
    To all of us that have lost a parent you hold us up; you give us courage; you make all so proud. Skate tonight knowing we all feel your deep sadness and we all wish for you love and every success.
    Lynn Bennett

    Comment by Lynn Bennett — 25 February 2010 @ 09:07

  170. Dear Joannie,

    You are a golden girl!

    My tears go to your pain. But you carry your mother inside you and you show her to the world. Congratulations on your courage and strength.

    We are all proud of you. You are who you are because of your parents and because of Joannie. Be proud – you have so many reasons. I followed your skating during the years and it is an amazing feat to see your progress and your true character.

    Lots of success now and in the future, golden girl!

    Mari Drexler
    Toronto

    Comment by Mari Drexler — 25 February 2010 @ 09:24

  171. You are a champion no matter what happens tonight. Your skate on Tuesday was in a league of its own especially given the week you have had. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family. You own the podium. God Bless.

    Comment by M Shelley — 25 February 2010 @ 09:32

  172. dear joannie rochette i wish you the best i am so sorry about your mother and i hope you do good in the 2010 winter olympics i am pretty sure that you can win if you really try hard and put a lot of effort into your work.
    remember dont ever give up keep on trying i wish you all the best

    kyra
    bishop whelan elemantry (dorval)

    Comment by kyra — 25 February 2010 @ 09:33

  173. dear joannie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother.
    It is truly amazing that you still performed just 2 days after your mother passed away!
    I think you put a lot of effort into the Olympics!!!

    melody
    dorval, Bishop whelan elementry

    Comment by melody — 25 February 2010 @ 09:34

  174. Dear Joannie,

    i am so sorry about your mom. i was so surprise that your mom died. you were so amazing in the short program. your mom would be proud

    Comment by jeane tolentino — 25 February 2010 @ 09:35

  175. Dear, Joannie Rochette

    I hope you have a great time. I think if you belive in yourself you will do great! Do your best try your best and don’t give up. Sometimes you just have to give a little faith!!

    Sincerly, Salma
    BISHOP WHEALN SCHOOL MONTREAL Q.C (DORVAL)

    Comment by Salma — 25 February 2010 @ 09:36

  176. Joannie, My heart goes out to you during your time of loss! I lost my mother on 2/11/10 quite unexpectedly also. She had cancer, took chemo for several months and was cleared of the dreaded disease. However, complications along with her weakness from the chemo caused an infection which she just could not fight! We prayed for God’s healing and He did just that. He took her home to be with Him, no more sickness or pain ever again! It is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to go through in my life and I know what you are feeling now! I feel as if part of me died and it has because she was my best friend. But, I know she would want me to continue pursuing my career, not giving up on my dreams! It was so hard for me to go back to church Sunday after her funeral Saturday, but I could hear her telling me, “That is what you are supposed to do and they need you” so I held it together and attended Sunday! She was right and I believe your Mom was right there with you skating your best the other night! God be with you during this time and good luck always!

    Comment by Sheri Sowell — 25 February 2010 @ 09:36

  177. Dear Joannie Rochette,
    i give you the best wishes you’ll ever have!I’m sorry about your loss but i know she’ll be right with you all the time i hope you will be happy that she is now looking down on you every step of the way.
    You are an inspiring woman and you are the best at women’s figure skating! I believe, you should to!!
    thanks
    warm regards:Robyn
    bishop whelan elementary(dorval canada)

    Comment by Robyn Smith-Hould — 25 February 2010 @ 09:37

  178. Bonjour Joannie,je veux te dire que je pense a toi beaucoup .Je comprend ce que tu vis depuis quelque jours,cette enorme peine que tu resens .Il y a quinze ans j ai moi aussi perdu ma maman au moment le plus important de ma vie,elle etait pour moi ma plus grande amie.J etais a deux semaines de me marier et au retour d un voyage avec mes amies de filles mon fiance me dit que maman est a l hopital a Montreal,je vis a Toronto alors le lendemain je vais la rejoindre,apres quelque jours on me dit qu elle a un cancer a l estomac,un lymphome.Je suis a une semaine de mon mariage mais j ai espoir qu elle pourra quand meme etre avec moi,je suis fille unique et mon pere est decede lorsque j avais 11 ans subitement lors d un accident de la route,ma mere est tout pour moi,mon mariage nous l avons prepare ensemble tout les petits details,la musique les fleurs ,ma robe tout tout tout.Maman accepte de commencer la chimiotherapie et moi je crois dans mon coeur qu elle va guerir et sera avec moi le 7 octobre a Toronto.Nous sommes maintenant le 5 octobre et maman va de plus en plus mal,ce soir la on me dit qu elle ne va bien on me dit ce soir la qu elle va mourir…je veus moi aussi mourrir.Ce soir la je suis reste aupres de ma mere tres longtemps,je lui ai dit combien je l aimais et elle aussi me l a dit,elle m a dit qu elle voulait que j aille a Toronto marier mon beau Frank,ce soir la a ete le dernier soir que je lui ai parle.Le lendemain je suis aller la voir avant de partir elle etait tombe dans un coma.Ma famille proche est reste avec elle et moi je suis partie en pleur a Toronto.Le matin de mon mariage j etais avec ma meilleure amie dans ma maison et j ecoutais Celine Dion Love can move mountain et je ne faisais que pleurer,jusqu au moment ou j ai prise une photo de maman et je me suis dit qu elle sera avec moi tout au long de cette journee.Elle m a accompagnee dans la limousine,elle etait a l entree de la reception ,elle etait a ma table durant le diner,j ai fais allumer des bougies sur les tables pour qu elle soit avec nous(les bougies qu elle avait elle meme decorees)j ai danse sur la musique que nous avions toute les deux choisie,La ballade des gens heureux de Gerard Lenormand et bien d autres.Je ne sais pas encore aujourd hui comment j ai pu faire cette journne ,ma seule explication c est qu elle etait avec moi tout au long de cette journee…j ai pris l avion toute suite apres pour retourner a Montreal,j ai apporte avec moi des photos ,video, en esperant que maman serait reveiller pour les voirs…elle etait toujours dans un coma,je lui alors racontee ma journnee en lui tenant la main et lorsque j ai eu terminer elle m a serree ma main,elle avait entendue et elle m avait attendue,nous sommes tous restes aupres d elle cette nuit la et elle est partie au matin….
    Je t ecris mon histoire pour que tu saches que si tu y crois tres fort ta maman sera avec toi ce soir,elle te donnera la force et le courage de continuer,elle sera avec toi ,elle continura d etre a tes cotes car elle veux que tu realises ton plus grand reve..15 ans plus tard ma mere m habite toujours et avec toute mon affection je te souhaite de realiser ton plus grand reve ..votre reve a toute les deux xx
    Amitie Caroline Blanchette Blasi

    Comment by Caroline Blanchette Blasi — 25 February 2010 @ 09:40

  179. Our sincerest condolenscces to you on your loss. You have more strength than you can ever imagine.

    Comment by Lucy and Justin — 25 February 2010 @ 09:41

  180. Dear Joannie

    My name is Meghan and I’m 29 years old from Ontario Canada. I just wanted to send you my sincerest condolences. I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I’m sure there are no words that can express how you feel right now and I’m sure there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel better…

    When I heard the news on Sunday, it brought up a lot of emotions up in me. I just knew exactly how you felt. It broke my heart and I just started crying – for you and for me. I too recently lost my mother on December 10th of 2009, 4 days after she retired (41 years working at a bank), 7 days before her 60th birthday, 14 days before Christmas – her favourite holiday. She was 59 years old and died suddenly of a heart attack.

    I breaks my heart that I’ve lost my mother. I get sad, I get angry, I feel lost. But I tell you this from experience that it does slightly get better – day by day. I don’t know if “better” describes it properly, but maybe you just deal with it better. I’m still not sure. It’s been just over 2 months now since she passed away and it still hurts so very much. But I’m sure you have a great support system and I wish you nothing but the best when you skate for Canada. I know you will be skating for your mother and I know she will be watching over you so I hope you have the skate of your life! I’ll be cheering for you – as I’m sure everyone else in the world will be too.

    May you find comfort in the memories you have of your mother. Again, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Sincerely
    Meghan Diemer

    “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky at all, but rather openings in Heaven where our loved one shine down to let us know that they are happy.”

    Comment by Meghan Diemer — 25 February 2010 @ 09:50

  181. Hello Joannie You and your Mom have been chosen to send a much bigger message to the world at a time when it is needed most. That Love can transcend all boundaries and although you were chosen to suffer this loss you were also given the strength and courage to demonstrate this to all of us.The love your Mom has for you will never be gone it will remain not only in your heart but in all of ours as well and you can see it and feel it in all of us whenever you need to draw from it.Light and Love Julie

    Comment by julie — 25 February 2010 @ 10:02

  182. You are truly an inspiration to the world to keep going and compete at the OLYMPICS . WHAT A GREAT PERFORMANCE YOU GAVE UNDER VERY DIFFICULT PRESSURE… WAY TO GO JOANNIE… YOUR MOM WOULD BE PROUD…. FROM A GREAT FAN

    Comment by JOAN BELLEMARE — 25 February 2010 @ 10:03

  183. Go Joannie Go! You’re great!!!

    Comment by Alessandro from Italy — 25 February 2010 @ 10:04

  184. I am an American and, not surprisingly, I have been rooting for the Americans in the Olympics. But I have been so touched by the story of the recent passing of your mother and by your great courage in competition that I wanted you to know that I and no doubt many others have become strong fans of yours. Please take comfort in the warmth of hearts across my country as well as your own that are pulling for you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Best of luck to you!

    Comment by Bob Sasso — 25 February 2010 @ 10:06

  185. Joannie, My Heart & Prayers Are With You Always, But Especially At This Time.
    You Are Our Champion, Now & Always!
    All My Best As You Skate At The Olympics & In The Future!
    As Well All My Best To Your Family!
    With Glowing Hearts We Are With You!

    Brenda

    Comment by Brenda — 25 February 2010 @ 10:08

  186. hello Joannie . i want to send you this message because i wanted to tell you that what you did was respected in the highest level . i watched your performance and i loved it soo much . your a beautiful woman and im very sorry about your mother . im 12 and i think that your my role model . i just wanted to send you this message because you are the bravest person that i know . if you could message me back that would be my dream . thank-you . : ) <3

    Comment by Kiana Penton — 25 February 2010 @ 10:17

  187. Joannie,

    When you skated Tuesday night, it was one of the most beautiful and moving performances I have ever witnessed. I don’t know how you did it. The love you showed in honouring your mother with such a magnificent skate, all while feeling what must be unimaginable pain, is something I will never forget.

    Your courage, grace and dignity exemplify what the Olympics are all about. No matter what happens tonight, you are a champion in the minds and hearts of Canadians, and also people all around the world.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration, and may the love of your family and friends be a source of comfort to you in your grief.

    Sue

    Comment by Sue Deschene — 25 February 2010 @ 10:18

  188. Joannie, know that we are joining so many Canadians who are thinking of you today … we’ve got your back and will be praying and cheering you on as you step onto the ice tonight. May God give you great peace in your heart, His strength in your soul, and wings to fly!! <3

    Comment by WW — 25 February 2010 @ 10:19

  189. Good Luck tonight (bon chance) Joannie!
    We all love you and know your mom is smiling.
    :-)
    GO GET ‘EM!

    Comment by Pete Jones — 25 February 2010 @ 10:22

  190. Allo Joanie,
    Bravo pour ta belle performance Mardi, tu es extraordinaire pour être capable de te concentre malgré la tragédie qui te frappe. Je veux que tu saches que nous somme avec toi ici à Sudbury Ontario. Bonne chance pour ton programme long, n’importe le résulta pour nous ta performance sera comme une médaille d’or.
    Nous t’aimons,
    Denis & France

    Comment by Denis et France — 25 February 2010 @ 10:22

  191. You inspired me. I will never forget your courage.

    Mike in Chicago

    Comment by Mike — 25 February 2010 @ 10:23

  192. Dear Joannie,
    You surely have an idea of how many people are sending positive thoughts your way. Seeing your performance is a lesson in courage, love, focus, determination as well as inspiration for everyone to embrace what is makes them their best. I am sure people all over the world is proud of you FOR your family, especially your mother.

    Comment by Betsy Denis — 25 February 2010 @ 10:25

  193. Joannie, your performance on Tuesday was nothing short of amazing. You showed such courage & composure it was unbelievable & your Mom would have been SO proud. I know just how hard this time is for you, as I lost my Dad in Nov 2009, & I know you won’t believe this now, but life will go on. You are beautiful, as is your craft.

    What is Dying?
    by Bishop Brent

    A ship sails
    And I stand watching till she fades on the horizon
    And someone at my side says
    “She is gone!”
    Gone where?
    Gone from my sight, that is all.
    She is just as large now
    As when I last saw her.
    Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in me,
    Not in her.
    And just at the moment when someone at my side says “She is gone,”
    There are others who are watching her coming over their horizon
    And other voices take up a glad shout,
    “Here she comes!”
    And that is what dying is.
    A horizon,
    And just the limit of our sight.
    Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further.

    Comment by Susan Levy Allen — 25 February 2010 @ 10:29

  194. Hi Joannie,
    My heart breaks everytime I watch your performance in the short program. Even everytime I think about you.
    We are amazed with your conviction and courage at this very difficult time for you!! You are a true professional and an exempliary role model for my daughter Yasmin who has decided to persue figure skating.
    Good Luck tonight in the Free Skate Program and whatever you finish will make everyone in Canada, especially us, very very proud!!
    YOU GO GIRL GO!!! MUCH LOVE…….TO YOU!!!
    xxxxx oooooo
    Kyle (Kylie) McFadden
    Yasmin McFadden
    & Family
    London, Ontario Canada

    Comment by Kylie McFadden and Yasmin McFadden and Family — 25 February 2010 @ 10:36

  195. You have my condolences.

    John 14:1-4
    “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also.
    “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

    Comment by Brandy — 25 February 2010 @ 10:36

  196. To Joannie,

    I watched you skate the other night (Tuesday), and I cried the entire time. You are the definition of true courage, and I commend you for your bravery during such a time of emotional pain. You are such a joy to watch when you skate. I wish you all the best tonight and in the future.

    My condolences to you and your family on the lost of your mother, she will always be with you.

    Brandi from Ontario

    Comment by Brandi — 25 February 2010 @ 10:38

  197. Joannie & Family,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. May you continue to find the strength, love, and comfort as you go through this difficult time. It’s hard to lose someone you love at a sudden moment, but have comfort in knowing that your mom is with you, especially while you skate. Your mom will always be with you…

    Comment by Selene F. — 25 February 2010 @ 10:40

  198. First of all, I am really sorry about your mom. c’est la vie…May she rest in peace. Second of all, congratulations on your achievements. And I wish you the all the best in the future. May the best of your past be the worst of your future.
    xoxo

    Comment by Mohammed — 25 February 2010 @ 10:43

  199. Such courage and strength in a time of crisis. We wish you all the best Joannie.
    You inspire such a great deal of people more than you can even imagine.
    Despite being a proud Canadian I am a proud mother and your mom is too.

    All the best to you

    Comment by Cassandra Letkeman — 25 February 2010 @ 10:44

  200. Bravo pour ton courage. Tu est supportée de partout au Canada.
    Bravo

    Comment by Rafaëlle — 25 February 2010 @ 10:46

  201. Best of luck today during your free skate today! My town of Simcoe (Ontario) is behind you 100%. The fact that you can hold a smile is nothing short of amazing! You are a beautiful, strong, and determined woman and I wish you all the best Joannie.

    I’ll be watching you on the podium!

    Jeff Greenwood xox

    Comment by Jeff Greenwood — 25 February 2010 @ 10:57

  202. Hi Joannie,

    Good Luck today as you get ready to compete. I wanted to tell you that I think all of Canada admires your strength and courage at this time. Go out and skate for yourself and your family tonight. It does not matter what the results are as I feel you are “Golden” in everyone’s eyes! My family wishes you all the best!

    Michelle Marcenko
    Coach of Assiniboia Figure Skating Club
    Assiniboia, Saskatchewan

    Comment by Michelle Marcenko — 25 February 2010 @ 11:04

  203. Best of luck tonight. You are very courageous, and after all of your hard work over the years you deserve a medal in these events.

    Comment by Beyza Aslan — 25 February 2010 @ 11:07

  204. i am not particularly a fan of figure skating, but i deeply admire your perseverance, all things considered. you blew the world away that night, with your level of execution, poise, and above all heart. as you struck your final pose, everyone watching knew that it was one for the history books. congratulations to you, joannie.

    Comment by chris gideon — 25 February 2010 @ 11:15

  205. My dear Joannie, My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. There are no answers for tragedy; there is only faith. Two years ago, my Mom died suddenly from lung cancer. I am a basketball referee and when she died at 11:05 on January 9th, I worked a game that very aftenoon, 4 hours later. You can do this; believe me, I was close to my mother as you were with yours and this is what she would want you to do. Your mother had to go forward in God’s plan and now she is going to pull you through. Remember, dear friend, she is just on the other side of the curtain, watching over you and loving you as always. Believe in yourself; this is your time. God Bless and Good Luck, Mary Hughes

    Comment by Mary Hughes — 25 February 2010 @ 11:25

  206. Joannie – your Mom would be so proud! You have shown so much grace and courage in a time of such sorrow. Your strength is beyond belief – you are an amazing young woman with so much talent. Good luck tonight!

    Comment by Yvonne — 25 February 2010 @ 11:30

  207. Joannie,

    I am a 25 year old MA student in Toronto. My parents are divorced and I’m super close with my mom. I admired your performance so much, it brought tears to my eyes. I cannot imagine how I would react if I were to lose my best friend, my mom, but death is something everyone has to experience at some point and I hope I will have the strength that you demonstrated, with so much grace. I am sure you mother’s eyes were smiling down on you :)

    all at the best!

    Monika

    Comment by Monika — 25 February 2010 @ 11:31

  208. All the best to you and your father. The whole world weeps with you.

    Comment by Debbie B — 25 February 2010 @ 11:36

  209. Hi Joannie! How are you? I hope it’s all right!

    I was watching your presentation yesterday (24/02) at Record television, here in Brazil the official Vancouver 2010 transmitter here.

    You dressing was very very beautiful and the rose stamped on your back was also very very beautiful.

    I’m here to give your all the best wishes not only at Vancouver 2010, but also at your entire life. You are very very beautiful and your eyes are pure.

    I expect to meet you someday to talk, I want to go to Canada after I graduate at university and after I post-graduate and get some money =)

    All my sincere best wishes!

    Comment by Bruno K. — 25 February 2010 @ 11:37

  210. Bonjour Joannie,

    My deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. I too lost my mother at a young age. Over 20 years later the fondest memories remain as vivid as yesterday and bring tears of happiness and a smile to my face.

    Your mother is with you and always will be. The grace, charm & class you embrace us with both on and off the ice are a testament to both your parents and are a wonderful gift from them both.

    You are beyond courageous and an inspiration for all around the world. You truly exemplify the Olympic spirit and your mother was and would be so incredibly proud.

    You are delight to watch and regardless of how you finish you are beyond a gold medalist in everyone’s eyes.

    All the best et bonne chance ce soir,

    David Hill
    Montreal

    Comment by David Hill — 25 February 2010 @ 11:50

  211. You are so strong! Keep it up girl we’re all here rooting for you to have the time of your life like you should. Try your best to smile because your mother is smiling for you in heaven. Skate your heart out today Canada couldn’t be prouder of you. You truly are a great representation of who we are!

    My 18 month old watches you skate and says “JO-jo-jo-jo” he loves you!

    Hugs
    Kenzie Brooks and little Nolan
    Oshawa Ontario

    Comment by MacKenzie Brooks — 25 February 2010 @ 11:52

  212. Bonjour Joannie,

    Nous voulons tous t’exprimer nos condoléances à toi et à toute ta famille.
    Tu es un ange et toute ma famille et ami(e)s se joignent à moi pour t’envoyer de l’amour et des énergies positives.

    Cyril

    Comment by Cyril Marino and all our friends here in Montreal — 25 February 2010 @ 11:53

  213. All the very best for your victory. Your mom is with you. My heart goes out to you as I have been there. As you hold onto you are walking towards making her dream come true.

    Comment by Madeline — 25 February 2010 @ 12:09

  214. Your story is truely amazing! You make me want to learn how to ice skate! I wish you the best of luck on your last performance today! You prove that if you reach for the stars you just might touch them.

    Best wishes,
    Jessi Janeway of the USA.

    Comment by Jessica JAneway — 25 February 2010 @ 12:11

  215. Joannie you have won the hearts, respect and admiration of Canadians. Your determination has inspired a Nation. We are with You.
    Bravo!!!

    Comment by Heather Acheson — 25 February 2010 @ 12:12

  216. Joannie,

    Tu es notre plus grande inspiration. On sait que ta mère est dans ton coeur.

    Merci de nous avoir donné ce preuve de determination et de courage.
    Gracias por ofrecernos esa muestra de determinacion y coraje.

    Francisco Vero et Maya
    Montreal

    Comment by Francisco Vero et Maya — 25 February 2010 @ 12:14

  217. Joannie,

    You are an inspiration to us all. Your strength, class and courage come through in everything you do. Your mother will be with you always and she is very, very proud of you.

    You have my family’s support and the support of so many people throughout the world and we wish you much success in the Olympics and everything you do.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much Love,
    Mauro, Terri and Spencer Pennacchia

    Comment by Mauro Pennacchia — 25 February 2010 @ 12:14

  218. Best wishes toady on your quest for gold. We will be watching and our prayers are for you.

    God Bless,

    John & Irene

    Comment by John B. Smyth — 25 February 2010 @ 12:18

  219. Hi Joannie,
    I just wanted to say that I saw you skate in the Olympics and I was impressed by your spirit and determination. To go on and perform flawlessly after what happened, was incredible, and I want to congratulate you on your fine performance. If it were up to me, I would have given you gold just for continuing on, as you had to face so much more than the rest of the competitors. You are a true champion and I wish you well in whatever you do during and after 2010. GO JO! – From Tucson, Arizona – USA

    Comment by Wayne Borland — 25 February 2010 @ 12:21

  220. Best wishes for your long program today. Our thoughts are with you in this most difficult time. We are extremely proud of you and will support you regardless of the results tonight. Your strength and dedication is truly an inspiration and all of Canada is behind you.

    Comment by Carol Gould — 25 February 2010 @ 12:23

  221. Joannie ,

    Our hearts are with you. You have shown the world how brave you are. Your courage and dedication makes all of Canada proud.

    I wish you strength through out your performance and your mother being an angel will watch over you.

    God Bless

    Comment by Jocelyne ( Montreal ) — 25 February 2010 @ 12:25

  222. Dear Joannie,
    I would like to send our thoughts to you and your family,how difficult this time must be for you.
    I would also like to tell you that you make us so proud to be Canadian and as a father of two daughters I pray that my daughters grow up to have your strength courage and vision that you have gained through your life.
    Go for gold and God bless you

    Raphael Verdugo and family

    Comment by Raphael Verdugo — 25 February 2010 @ 12:26

  223. Hii Joannie,
    We are and have been for some time fans and cheerers of your skating. Sasha is a competative skater and watches your skating to learn from. We are so praying for you to place in the medals at Olympics. You are a champion. I like how you handle yourself in public – that creates a positive role model for younger skaters watching.
    Our heart goes out to you with the passing of your dear mom. I know the heart a mother has for her children and your mom must be so proud of you and must have had so much joy in being such a huge part of your life and so involved in all the things you did being able to spend so much time together. Thankyou for giving each other that gift. It is a priceless treasure for both of you. I’m sure you are all she dreamed you to be – in every way – never lose that.
    God bless you and always keep your mom and Jesus in your heart.
    Vivian, Garry, Rachelle, Tamara, Sasha Malmo

    Comment by Vivian, Garry, Rachelle, Tamara, Sasha Malmo — 25 February 2010 @ 12:34

  224. Joannie, We don’t know each other but myself along with a whole nation of people are with you in spirit. Doesn’t matter that i live in the U.S. in west virginia or in any other place…. You have the strength and prayers of so many people…. so go out there and go for it…. God Bless!

    Comment by Sheryl Screen — 25 February 2010 @ 12:36

  225. Wishing you all the best in this evening’s competitive performance. Your decision to go on says a lot about who you are and the love and dedication of your mom and dad to support you in your quest to realize a dream.

    Regardless of the flag that flies this evening, you have won the gold.

    Comment by J. William Rumbaugh — 25 February 2010 @ 12:36

  226. Joannie,

    I am watching your courage and hoping for the very best for you. You make me proud to be a Canadian. You deserve GOLD !!!

    Comment by Carol Tomlinson — 25 February 2010 @ 12:38

  227. Joannie,
    Canada is so proud of you. We’ve watched you progress and become the champion you are today. I will be cheering for you tonight as will the rest of the country. You are an inspiration.
    Michelle

    Comment by michelle — 25 February 2010 @ 12:42

  228. Dear Joannie,
    I watched you skate your short program the other night and was filled with admiration for you. Your performance was wonderful and your ability to pull it off under such heart-wrenching circumstances was absolutely amazing! I salute you for your professionalism, your strength, your grace, and your artistry.
    Best wishes to you in tonight’s program. Know that you will have the strength of the whole nation behind you as you step out onto the ice.
    Sincerely yours,
    Diane Eyre

    Comment by Diane Eyre — 25 February 2010 @ 12:59

  229. We were mesmerized by your wonderful performance on Tuesday. Your courage , strength and focus at this time is beyonds words. We are proud to have you as a fellow Canadian representing our country and wish you the best for tonight. We will be watching and cheering you on.
    In our eyes, you have far surpassed any medal.

    Warmest Regards,
    Hazel and Lily

    Comment by Hazel Kenny & Lily Fortin — 25 February 2010 @ 12:59

  230. Dear Joannie, As a father of two young girls, we are watching you with wonder and amazement at your beautiful talent and your courage and personal strength to press on. We send you our best wishes and warmest thoughts in tonights final. Regardless of how you perform take solice in knowing that your country stands behind you and that your Mom would be ever so proud of you. You are without a doubt a roll model that I am proud my girls can look up to. Stay strong and know that you already won your gold medal. You will have an Angel skating with you tonight.

    Comment by John Given — 25 February 2010 @ 13:02

  231. Dearest Joannie.

    Please know that my heart and thoughts are with you in this most difficult time. As a previous athlete myself, I cannot imagine what it must be like for you right now to dedicate so much of your life to the Olympic dream only to face the unimaginable tragedy of the passing of your mother.

    Please know that you have the full support of all of Canada. You are in our hearts and prayers and have shown incredible inspiration to fellow Canadians, and human beings worldwide. You truly are an inspiration, and are a true hero in every sense of the word.

    Good luck tonight. No matter what happens, you have won a very large place in Canada, and the world’s heart.

    Sending you much love and warmth during this tough time.

    Sarah Easterbrook

    Comment by Sarah Easterbrook — 25 February 2010 @ 13:06

  232. Your mom will be there in your heart. I know I am a mom we do that stuff.
    Good luck tonight

    Anne

    Comment by anne oliver — 25 February 2010 @ 13:08

  233. I just want to send my sympathy to you and your family. I feel your pain after losing one of my parents very recently. Go for the Gold Joannie! You have made your country and your parents so proud. You are such an amazing athlete and person to be able to compete under such emotional stress. I am rooting for you Joannie, you have already won the Gold medal in my eyes.

    Your mother is watching down at you from heaven too gaze upon what a strong,talented girl she has raised. Don’t forget Joannie that your mother will always be with you and as long as you hold her in your heart, she will never die.

    Bless you and your family!

    Comment by John — 25 February 2010 @ 13:12

  234. You are an inspiration our prayers are with you and your family. We will be cheering you on from the east. Good luck.

    Comment by Darlene and Kyla — 25 February 2010 @ 13:25

  235. Dear Joannie: My love and prayers are with you tonight, you did a remarkable, graceful short program, wonderful. I know you will do well tonight, and will be watching you with love and encouragement. your courage is an inspiration to everyone, and all Canadians are very, very proud of you. Much Love, Fran Reynolds, Kingston, Ontario

    Comment by Fran Reynolds — 25 February 2010 @ 13:32

  236. We have a “Wall of Medals” at work celebrating our Canadian athletes who have already won. We also have a picture of you, Joannie, from your performance on Tuesday night, and above it, we have the banner – Medal of Courage. Your performance was courageous, beautiful, and perfect, in our eyes. It was also emotional for everyone I talked to who watched it. We wish you have another wonderful skate and another personal best. Our hearts are with you.
    ~ Cindy

    Comment by Cindy H — 25 February 2010 @ 13:35

  237. No matter what happens tonight, you are a champion!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Hilda — 25 February 2010 @ 13:45

  238. God Bless You. I will keep you in my prayers. Remember to be strong and continue this journey. Your Mom would be so proud of you.

    God Bless you.

    Comment by Raquel Amaya — 25 February 2010 @ 13:46

  239. I am so so sorry for your loss. These will be the hardest days of your life and you get through them 1 minute at a time. Grieving is a very personal journey and everyone is very different. Take your time and work through it when you can. Sometimes, something as simple as talking about her helps.

    I lost my mother when I was 25 years old. It broke me and it took me a long time to work through everything. That was 29 years ago and my journey very hard because I had lost my rock. But that was my experience, not anybody else’s.

    It will never get better, but it does get easier. Take your time and go at your own pace.

    Blessed Be
    Judy

    Comment by Judy Shand — 25 February 2010 @ 13:50

  240. You are the best. Good luck tonight….. Gold is all yours… Go get it girl!!!

    Cheers,
    Fred

    Comment by Fred — 25 February 2010 @ 13:55

  241. Joannie Rochette, all Canadians are so proud of your short program. We’ll all be supporting you tonight no matter the outcome =)

    Comment by Vania — 25 February 2010 @ 14:02

  242. You have my admiration. I truly enjoyed your amazing performance on Tuesday!
    You are incredibly strong, talented, smart, brave, and so very fortunate to have had such a positive relationship with your mother.
    I wish you the best!
    From the USA, I am pulling for you to win:)

    Comment by TJM — 25 February 2010 @ 14:05

  243. Good luck in your free skate Joannie, you can do it! Everyone is so touched that you are continuing to skate, you did not have to for Canada. No matter what you do we are proud, but I know you’ll be brilliant,

    Jessica

    Comment by Jessica Kay — 25 February 2010 @ 14:07

  244. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best for your skate today! I am so sorry for your loss. Stay strong, you make Canada proud! Tu es incroyablement courageuse. Hugs,

    Clio

    Comment by Clio — 25 February 2010 @ 14:09

  245. You skated wonderfully for your first skate and I’m sure you will tonight too. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, you must have alot of strength and determination to reach for that gold. And just remember that your mom is there right in your heart skating on the ice with you.
    Good luck
    shirley

    Comment by shirley noble — 25 February 2010 @ 14:17

  246. Nobody deserves the gold medal more than you.
    Your mother will smile down from heaven.
    Strength and blessing to you and your family.

    Comment by nina wachenfeld — 25 February 2010 @ 14:27

  247. Dear Joannie,

    We just wanted to send you our very deepest condolences on this great loss of your mom. Just remember that your sweet mom is watching you skate and is helping you as she sits very contently on the lap of an angel. As you skate your long program, please know that feeling the wind in your face, this is will your very special guardian angel helping you the very same way your mom helped your through the short program.

    Best of Luck and remember that you skate your heart out in your mom’s memory.

    WIth my heartfelt sympathies,

    Carol Bruyere

    Comment by Carol Bruyere — 25 February 2010 @ 14:28

  248. Hi Joannie,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Whatever the outcome of the free skate, you have already given us our Golden Olympic moment. Your courage and amazing performance in the short program were an inspiration to all Canadians. Good luck today and keep on inspiring us all.

    Comment by Warren and Elsie Heggie — 25 February 2010 @ 14:32

  249. Good luck tonight on your quest for a medal, Canada is so proud of you!!!

    We will be watching you live on TV, our prayers are for you.

    God Bless,

    Natalie,Brian & Johanna

    Comment by Natalie,Brian & Johanna Gamauf — 25 February 2010 @ 14:33

  250. Joannie–
    I just want to say that you are truly an inspiration to me and everyone out there. Thank you for your strength and beauty–and best of luck tonight. I’ll be cheering my heart out for you.

    Comment by inspired_fan — 25 February 2010 @ 14:34

  251. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I am so proud of you, and know your mom is too! Good luck tonight; you are amazing! The entire country is behind you.

    Comment by Carla — 25 February 2010 @ 14:39

  252. Bon courage ma belle et bonne chance ce soir……………tu es championne que tu gagne ou non……

    Comment by Marie S. — 25 February 2010 @ 15:05

  253. Bonjour Joannie,

    Mes sincères condoléances pour la perte de ta mère. Je suis sure que cette perte si lourde soit elle t’aidera a trouver la force nécessaire pour accéder au podium. Elle sera toujours avec toi. Un telle amour ne meurt jamais, tant et aussi longtemps que tu garderas les mémoires dans ton coeur, elle sera en vie.

    Bon courrage, je suis avec toi en pensées.

    Robert

    Comment by Robert Marino — 25 February 2010 @ 15:06

  254. Hi Joannie:
    I’m 53 years old and have never had a hero….I do now.
    Chris

    Comment by Dr Chris Carnegie — 25 February 2010 @ 15:08

  255. Joannie, you always touch my heart when you skate but Tuesday you where truly captivating. I am so sorry about your mom. I cant tell you how much I admire your courage. Make sure you take care of yourself and have a good skate tonight – we’ll be watching

    Comment by DLA — 25 February 2010 @ 15:09

  256. All the best! Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Remember no matter what you are still a champion in our eyes.
    Good luck!

    Kristy-Ann and Christine

    Comment by Kristy-Ann Duncan — 25 February 2010 @ 15:17

  257. Dear Joannie, i’m Alessandro and i live in Italy, near Venice.i’m sorry for my imperfect english but i ned write one message.I saw your terrible event and after the game,when you crying i cried with you. i wish you a brighter future and happy.A big kiss!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Alessandro — 25 February 2010 @ 15:21

  258. Joannie,
    You are an unbelievable athlete! I just lost my father at Christmas and I feel for you at this time. I know that your desire to get a medal for your Mom must be what keeps you going. You have all my heartfelt support at this difficult time. God Bless You!

    Comment by A J Hewko — 25 February 2010 @ 15:28

  259. Joannie,
    Though I know personally, you must be aspiring for a spot on the medal’s platform, I would like you to know that in the hearts of those who have been moved by your story you have already achieved a much higher level of accomplishment. Your perseverance, under the most difficult of situations, entitles you to something no other athlete competing in the 2010 Olympic Games will walk away with…….global role model status that will undoubtedly inspire and encourage those who may find themselves in a similiar situation. I can only imagine how proud your entire family must be of you…..Bonne chance, mon ami!
    Daniel Hughes

    Comment by Daniel Hughes — 25 February 2010 @ 15:46

  260. Poursuit ton rêve .. et celui de ta mère.
    Il ne faut pas avoir de regrets.
    Tu auras le temps de faire ton deuil… après…

    Fait ta job..c’est ta passion.
    Patine pour ta mère.. Patine pour TOI
    Les interviews et tout le reste peut attendre.

    Monique
    Ponte claire

    Comment by Monique — 25 February 2010 @ 15:48

  261. I know how you feel!
    I lost my mom two years ago when I was ten! Don’t worry. i believe you Can make it though this diffcult time. Trust me, it’s hard but it will be ok soon. Remember I was ten, your twenty-four. Your mom had a fast death when mine went though YEARS of sickness with cancer. Your mom was lucky, but i know it’s still sad. I believe in you Joannie! I believe in you so much that I even did a presanaition about you! Like I said, I believe in you. GO FOR THE GOLD MEDAL JOANNIE!

    Comment by Michelle — 25 February 2010 @ 15:57

  262. You are Grace personified, and have touched us all at our very core.
    Blessings Joannie ~

    Comment by Carol Ann LeBlanc McCrimmon — 25 February 2010 @ 16:00

  263. Dear Joannie:

    God bless you tonight and give you the strength and faith to continue your journey. You are a very brave woman and you have the prayers and love of many people.

    Good luck and go for the gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by amparo — 25 February 2010 @ 16:02

  264. Your courage and strength and grace in these difficult circumstances truly embody what the Olympics are supposed to be all about. Good luck tonight — but as far as I’m concerned, you are already THE champion. Thanks for showing us how it’s done.

    Comment by Naomi Horne — 25 February 2010 @ 16:08

  265. Hi Joannie

    My sincere condolances to you and your family.

    I admire your courage to get through this difficult time and I am sure your mother will be proud of you – just as she has been all through your life.

    Skate for yourself and for your Mom tonight and Canada will be proud of you.

    Take care and know that our hearts will be with you.

    All the best……..

    Comment by Cindy Beazley — 25 February 2010 @ 16:09

  266. Joannie,
    Thank you . . .
    Your strength, courage and perseverance is an inspiration to all.
    God bless you,
    Ken

    Comment by Ken in Alberta — 25 February 2010 @ 16:11

  267. Joannie,
    You are a remarkable person! When I lost my mom, I could not have done anything close to what you are doing at this time, let alone compete in front of the world with your emotions on your shoulder.

    I wish you all the best and you are truly a cherished golden Canadian with or without a medal.

    Go get em!!!!!

    Comment by Ray Carroll — 25 February 2010 @ 16:14

  268. Joannie, my prayers are with you. you showed what a champion you are in your tuesday night skating, not only in your talent and grace on the ice, but in the way your mother taught and raised you. You are the world’s skating champion, and Iam hoping for the Gold medal for you.

    Comment by ginger — 25 February 2010 @ 16:17

  269. Joannie,

    Please accept my condolance on the loss of your mother. You are a very brave and couragous woman.

    Sincerely,

    Lee Hanlon, CD
    2nd Dan (Nidan) Black Belt
    Chief Instructor
    UFV Karate Club

    Comment by Lee Hanlon — 25 February 2010 @ 16:17

  270. Joannie,
    No matter what happens, you are an inspiration to the world. You have earned a gold medal in life. I’m am so proud of you and thanks for showing me what courage is all about and thanks for showing me what life is all about. I’m behind you all the way!!!!

    Comment by Warren — 25 February 2010 @ 16:18

  271. May God be with you, your Dad and your family.You are a true champion witth much courage. At least 2 nations are praying to help with the pain on the lost of your mother. Good luck God bless

    Comment by M. W. Coggins — 25 February 2010 @ 16:25

  272. U are a true inspiration to not only Canadians but to all around the world. I lost my father in a snowmobile accident 2 years ago and know what ur going through in dealing with a loss like no other . It will be tough ,but the toughness will reside after time, then after, the great memories of your mother, the hard times, the family times , the laughter, the tears, and every other great moment will fill your heart and mind with great memories. May the creator guide your mother to that beautiful place in heaven , and bless you, your family and friends, and know that everytime you skate whether there is a medel or not your mother is looking down and smiling hard with pride that you are giving not only her but all of us inspiration in being a true , and heartfelt honest human being. Thank you and god bless. I , along with millions others will say people like you make Canada what it is. WE ARE CANADIAN!!!Good luck with your skate tonight, u are GOLDEN in our hearts even without a medal! :-)

    Comment by Randall shipack — 25 February 2010 @ 16:35

  273. Dear Joannie,
    Just wanting to wish you much luck in your skating tonight my thoughts and prayers are with you! Just know that regarless of the outcome tonight ,not only are you an inspiration to your country,but to many countries around the world! God Bless! Your Fans in the U.S are rooting 4 U!! Much Love!
    ~Lindsey Kay Blick~
    Wichita,Kansas

    Comment by Lindsey Kay Blick — 25 February 2010 @ 16:43

  274. You are inspiring. I am very sorry at the loss of your mother. Your strength and endurance are encouraging and show how much determination you have. Good luck!

    Comment by Mary — 25 February 2010 @ 16:43

  275. Best wishes tonight Joannie! My heart will be with you as you skate for you & your Mom & Dad… I lost my Mom in the fall & felt do good that I was able to be strong & focused enough to speak at her funeral – it’s no Olympics but in the end it’s the same – honouring your Mom by doing your best!

    Comment by Jane — 25 February 2010 @ 16:46

  276. Joannie,
    I can relate to your pain. I lost my mom and best friend five years ago. The pain is still there. It never does go away but you learn to live with it. Go for it and win for your Mom. Best of luck to you and my deepest condolences to you and your family.

    God Bless,
    Lorriane

    Comment by Lorraine Borch — 25 February 2010 @ 16:46

  277. Please accept my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother.

    My wife and watched you perform your beautiful short program. And we are looking forward to viewing your long program as well.

    Your demonstration of grace, beauty and emotional strength during your skate was inspirational.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Wilfredo Quinones — 25 February 2010 @ 16:50

  278. Wishing you all the best tonight. I admire your strength and courage.

    Comment by Stella — 25 February 2010 @ 16:55

  279. Wishing you all the best tonight and in the days ahead.

    You will always be number one in our hearts regardless of what happens tonight.

    Jeff Lang
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Greenfield, WI

    Comment by Jeff Lang — 25 February 2010 @ 16:55

  280. Hey Joannie,
    i have to do a project on you for school.
    i have to say that your a really good skater and you were amazing at the olympics, especially what happened to your mom. sorry for your loss and i hope that you will comtinue with your skating career.
    Lots of love
    Rachael

    Comment by Rachael — 25 February 2010 @ 16:57

  281. You are my Hero!

    Comment by Jeremy Campbell — 25 February 2010 @ 17:03

  282. Joannie,

    You are a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you for sharing yourself and your precious skating with us during this time in your life…you have given us all a gift!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. On pense tres fortement a toi!

    Best wishes and love from your fans in Vancouver.

    Comment by Leah — 25 February 2010 @ 17:06

  283. Joannie-
    I am so sorry for your loss, and i just wanted you to know how strong you are and how much you inspired me to be a stronger person and to appreciate what i have in life! You performed so amazing under such circumstances, and me, canada, and the whole world are behind you!
    much love and support,
    Jenna

    Comment by Jenna Harney — 25 February 2010 @ 17:09

  284. my best wishes from an Italian fan to you. I appreciate you a lot for you skating and for your courage in skating these days, I wish you the best luck and to win a Medal.

    Ale

    Comment by Alessandro — 25 February 2010 @ 17:10

  285. Joannie you are an inspiration to me. The courage and strength you showed was absolutely breathtaking as was your performance. My prayers are always with you. Please know you are never alone. We all love you tremendously. You give hope to all of us who desire to achieve our dreams and goals, to persevere to keep going on. God Bless you! Much love!

    Comment by Christina — 25 February 2010 @ 17:10

  286. We are so sorry about your mom. We watched your performance and thought you were amazing and that you are the strongest woman in the olympics. GOOD LUCK TONIGHT WE’RE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!!!

    Comment by Sharon, Emma and brothers — 25 February 2010 @ 17:14

  287. Joannie,

    I’m a fan the same age as your Mom who was never able to have children.
    I want you to know that if I had a daughter I would want her to be just like you! Beautiful and full of grace, strength and courage.

    Good luck tonight…know that caring is all around you & all of our strength is added to yours.

    God Bless.

    Comment by VSK — 25 February 2010 @ 17:15

  288. My warmest thoughts go out to you during this difficult time in your life. I wish you all the best tonight! You truly made me fall back in love with skating again! GOOD LUCK!!!!! <3

    Comment by Heather — 25 February 2010 @ 17:21

  289. No matter what your standings are in World competition or in the Olympics. You will always be” gold” …an inspriration for Canadians as well as people around the world. You have more inner strength than an entire assemble of “World’s Strongest Man” competition.

    You are Canada’s “gold”en girl no matter what the outcome in the Olympics.

    Comment by Andrew Nicoll — 25 February 2010 @ 17:27

  290. Hi Joannie;
    I’m 9 years old. I love your skating and was learning about you in school before the Olympics. Me and my friend, Brynn, love your skating too.
    I am cheering for you tonight.
    I am sorry that your mom passed away. I am so so sorry.
    Je parle francais aussi. J’habite a Novelle Ecosse.
    Bonne Chance ce soir Je t’aime
    Jared

    Comment by jared flamand — 25 February 2010 @ 17:40

  291. Joannie,

    I am expressing my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My father passed away last October from a heart attack or stroke ; we are not sure the exact cause of death. His death was also unexpected. I wish you the best of luck tonight and I hope you receive a medal for Canada.

    Kristi
    Minnesota, United States

    Comment by Kristi — 25 February 2010 @ 17:43

  292. Dear joannie,

    i heard what happened about ur mother. i am very sorry about that

    jennifer
    (markham, ontario)

    Comment by Jennifer Goode — 25 February 2010 @ 18:02

  293. i know how it feels like. i lost my grandmother to

    Comment by Jennifer Goode — 25 February 2010 @ 18:03

  294. Dear Joannie,
    I am sure you are hard preparing for tonight, but I wanted to let you know that no matter what happens today that you have won GOLD in my option.

    My heart and prayers are with you right now. I along with millions of others wish you and all your family the best right now.

    As a mother of a baby boy I can understand the sacrifices that your mother must have made to support you. She will be honored today by your sacrifice to your dedication you are showing.

    It dose take time but you heart will heal and in the min time remember your tears are not alone. Myself and many others will be crying along with you.
    Love
    Kathleen

    Comment by Kathleen Saini — 25 February 2010 @ 18:12

  295. You are truly an amazing young lady! We are so sorry to hear about your mom. We are so proud of you as is your mom. Always remember Canada loves and you will always be a champion! Good luck tonight we will all be watching you lots of hugs and kisses from all of us here! God bless you,Joannie

    Comment by Nadine & Norm Doggett — 25 February 2010 @ 18:19

  296. When I lost my father suddenly of a heart attack on my 30th birthday, I curled into a ball and the heaviness in my chest was so strong, I could hardly take a breath.
    Now, 19 years later, I dread the thought of my mother leaving..
    To watch you dealing with your dear mother, brings back the awarness of that pain.
    I don’t know where you are getting your strenght right now but I can only guess that your mother has helped to create that strength in you and for you.

    You are only human. I hope that the embrace of our country, as well as all of your friends and family, will be enough to keep you on your feet and moving forward.

    Of all our Olympic “golds”, you have represented what is best in our country…. and a lot of that goes right back to your mom…so I guess we have her to thank for all of this.

    Your NEW fan in Ottawa,
    Cindy Vervaeke
    Personal PlatesOttawa

    Comment by cindy vervaeke — 25 February 2010 @ 18:24

  297. Joannie,
    I don’t think I’ll be able to say anything that hasn’t already been said, but I still feel the need to say something… I watched your short program and I have to say that watching you skate is inspiring for all of us young athletes who can only dream of going to the Olympics. Your courage and strength are absolutely incredible! I hope and pray that you will be ok, and that you will always have hope because I think that hope allows us to recognize the love and support that surround us. And I think that everyone who know you or knows of you wants to support you and your family at this time! Thank you for skating and for your determination… I know that everyone can see who you are skating for!
    Sincerely,
    esther

    Comment by Esther Nieuwenhuis — 25 February 2010 @ 18:32

  298. Joannie,

    I commend you for the courage and strength you have demonstrated during this most trying time of your life. I wish you the best of luck tonight and assure you that you are already a CHAMPION to Canadians…. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Michelle
    Ottawa, Canada

    Comment by Michelle Carriere-Lynn — 25 February 2010 @ 18:32

  299. Your courage is inspiring. Your performance in the short program was magnificent. You touch our hearts and honor your mother with your perseverance. You show us what real champion looks like and display the hallmark of greatness, never giving up. I look forward to watching your long program this evening.

    Comment by Arno — 25 February 2010 @ 18:35

  300. Joannie I cannot imagine the magnitude of your loss, but allow me to say you have captured my complete admiration for the strength and grace you have displayed. Please accept my sincere condolences. May your life be blessed as you move into the future.

    Comment by James Kline — 25 February 2010 @ 18:39

  301. Babe, everyday that passes am on the net reading about you. You are an embodiment of God’s glory made manifest, after reading others text, i have to put this down. the fairness of your skin depites your heart, a heart so tender and yet unfolding a force of courage and strength that bits mortal’s imagination, stretching and reaching out for the peak. Mama says I know my daughter, i have to be there to see for myself and truly mama is there watching you Joannie and shouting out loud joannie go go go for it – she is so proud of what she has for a daughter.

    Show me an adorable, beauty, charming, sincere ( i see it in your being), true love and glory; and i will as well present gold to you, Joaninie, your skin, look, posture (performance), feelings and aura is gold, you are gold personified

    A being with such a tragic situation and with every reason to call it quit but sees the reason for quiting as the real force of strength for her lifting, using the drawning sea as a ladder for mountain-top life, standing against all odds and reaching out for the crown, this crown no one can take away because the WHOLE WORLD HAS GIVEN IT TO YOU, you are an ICON.

    Prove me now and see the glory untold, keep gazing high for those are the moments you are connecting with your maker who is causing you not to see the drawning sea but greater glory, for in Him you live and have your being, i bless God for making you, your family, coach, officiating crews, canadians and the world at large melts in your pain, love and strength that you must matter in this generation – we are all very very proud of you and my very self in particular – Felly, Lagos, Nigeria

    Comment by Arigo, F — 25 February 2010 @ 18:40

  302. Best of luck Joannie! You are a very strong person! An inspiration to all of us. I lost my mom when I was 24 (I am now 37) and I know that both of our moms will be looking over you and cheering you on!! No matter what happens, you will always be a winner in my (and our mother’s) eyes! CANADA LOVES YOU!!! ♥♥♥♥

    Comment by Shawna — 25 February 2010 @ 18:44

  303. Dear Joannie,

    Loosing a parent is never easy and there is never a right time. You are handling this with such grace and courage. I hope you get a medal (this is obviously written before your final skate). You have such grace and poise. You skate from the heart and in your face i see your Mom, she is skating there with you. As a past skater myself I had just started doing some local competitions when my Mom died. I had no Dad. The Uncle that took me in put a stop to all my training, etc. I would never have been great, but I can feel some connection with you. Best wishes for all your future endeavors.
    Be brave and rely on your family.
    Sincerely
    Georgina

    Comment by George Brown — 25 February 2010 @ 18:50

  304. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong.

    Comment by Andrea — 25 February 2010 @ 19:24

  305. Joannie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I can’t imagine the grief you must feel. You are an outstanding person to compete in this hard time. Many of us in the USA are Rochette fans tonight. Go win gold for you mom!!

    Comment by Matt MacIntosh — 25 February 2010 @ 19:33

  306. Dear Joannie, Although I am an american, more importantly, as a citizen of the world I feel that no matter what the color of the medal you achieve your heart and courage will always be gold. Here is a beautiful quote by Fransis of Assisi that has helped me at many times since my father died suddenly as well.
    ‘Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit, for without being seen they are present with you always.’
    You have inspired more than your country, you have inspired the world. What a beautiful legacy your mom left for you.

    Comment by Gail Perry — 25 February 2010 @ 19:35

  307. Joannie-
    you are an inspiration to us all. I dont know if I could go through the stress of what you are going through without my mom. I am sure that she is watching over you and is really proud of what you are doing. As a mom, I would want my kid to continue pursuing her dreams with or without me. go for the gold….you have already earned it. I will be watching from Puerto Rico.
    Ana

    Comment by Ana A. — 25 February 2010 @ 19:35

  308. Dearest Joannie,

    You already are a real inspiration and role model for young girls and women everywhere who lose their mother far too young. You should
    be very proud of yourself…

    Comment by JM — 25 February 2010 @ 19:41

  309. Your father must be so proud of you! Stay strong and take care of eachother as through this rough road ahead. You can see when you skate that your mother is by your side.

    God Bless, Joannie, to you and your family.

    The Finch Family, Barrie, Ontario

    Comment by Cheryl Finch — 25 February 2010 @ 19:48

  310. Hi Joannie,
    I lost my father 6 months ago-I am 28 years old. It has been the single most difficult thing I have ever had to deal with. After you finished your skate and your emotions broke, my heart was with you. I sobbed with you…I really felt your heart. I just want you to know that no matter what place you come in tonight, you are an inspiration to so many across the nation.
    Becky

    Comment by Rebekah M — 25 February 2010 @ 19:52

  311. Dear Joannie,

    I just wanted to send you my very best wishes. I too, lost my mom when she was just 55. I know the devastation you are feeling all too well.

    I’m afraid I didn’t handle it too well, but, by your courage you are honouring her. All of Canada is so proud of you, and we all wish we could find some way to comfort you.

    Please know so many hearts are rooting for you, feeling for you, and sending you and your family much love and peace.

    Regards
    Lorna Yard
    Newfoundland, Canada

    Comment by Lorna Yard — 25 February 2010 @ 19:54

  312. Best of luck to you tonight. May your Moms spirit lift you great heights.

    Comment by Bob Corsaro — 25 February 2010 @ 20:07

  313. Joannie…we are glued to our TVs and in we are there with you! NO matter what the result, you have done all of Canada proud! We are pulling for you every step of the way, and we want you to know you are a true Champion in our eyes! God bless you, your mom would be so proud! Love and best wishes! You have made us all so proud! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxx……….

    Comment by Ron and Shelley Stewart — 25 February 2010 @ 20:08

  314. Dear Joannie,

    Please accept my condolences regarding the passing of your mom. She has a front row seat tonight to cheer you on. I lost my dad when I was young too, so I feel for you. Good luck tonight in the free skate. Let’s show the world who’s the boss in figure skating. Joannie Rochette rocks!

    Comment by Kevin Chan — 25 February 2010 @ 20:11

  315. Dear Joannie,

    What a beautiful performance in the short program! Your grace and courage brought tears to my eyes.

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In the days and weeks to come, I pray that you will find comfort knowing that you were blessed in having a loving and supportive mother. Your dignity and courage are some of the many gifts that she has given you. Her brave and shining spirit will be with you always.

    May God bless you.

    Yours sincerely,

    Patricia Lafournaise

    Comment by Patricia Lafournaise — 25 February 2010 @ 20:16

  316. Joannie,

    Years ago, I remember reading a magazine article about an American gymnast making her final vault on a sprained ankle. A comment was made in the article that the Olympic motto should be changed from ‘faster, higher, stronger’ to ‘faster, higher, stronger, braver’. I never heard or read anything more about it. But I have to say it should be changed for you. You have already won, Joannie. You are braver than you realize, and have renewed a nation’s pride. You and your family have my most sincere best wishes at this difficult time, and have a nation behind you, no matter what your final result is.

    Comment by Barb Stewart — 25 February 2010 @ 20:19

  317. I lost my mother over 30 years ago. When in high school, on Friday nights I stayed home with my mom. Usually she would watch the hockey game and knit. We would hardly talk. Just that wonderful contentment and connection.

    This Christmas I had two trees. Never before did I have even one. I had one small artificial one. And one real one, both with lights. On Christmas eve, watching tv, it was just like 30 years ago at home watching tv on Friday night with my mom. I felt that contentment and connection..not exactly her presence but something even stronger and better. And something more than memory, something real..just the unconditional love of a mother. So I know now, this uncondtional love is always there. You can always connect to it; it is always there. Somehow I think you know this to be true too. Yes it is real.More than a memory. It can be relied on.

    Here is a poem an acquaintence wrote years ago that I have kept in my computer:
    That Is a Mother’s Love

    You could talk to your mother about anything.
    That is a mother’s love.

    I can tell you about my mother.
    If she go out and get a piece of cake,
    she break the cake into six pieces,
    even if it the size of a finger,
    even if she didn’t get any for herself.
    That is a mother that love you.

    Your mother is a master care.
    You could get 100 fathers and not a mother.
    It’s one mother that carried you for 9 month.
    That is the truth.
    That is a mother’s love.

    Joannie: unconditional love looks at you tonight!!!

    Comment by Greg in Toronto — 25 February 2010 @ 20:21

  318. Joannie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My mother died in a car accident when I was 13 years old (23 years ago). When I watched you skate on Tuesday, I cried the entire time because I know that must have been so hard for you. Your mother would have been very proud of you. All of Canada is proud of you. You are in my thoughts.

    Comment by Lynn — 25 February 2010 @ 20:21

  319. Bonjour Joannie! la premiere fois que je t’ai vue c’est a tout le monde en parle avec Guya Lepage. J’ai tout de suite trouver que tu etais special je ne suis pas une specialiste en rien. mais quand je t’ai vu et anttendu j’ai tout de suite compris qui il avait en toi quelque chose de magique. tu es une tres grande perssonne et je t’addmire beaucoup. Mais quand je t’ai vu au jeux olympique je me suis dis wow quel carissme et cella n’a rien a voir avec se que tu vie presentement . Oui! j’ai pleurer cette peine avec toi . Mais meme si cette peine n’etait pas la tu serais quand meme a mais yeux une tres grande perssonne . Je ne sais pas si ce message sera lu par toi mais si oui je t’ambrasse tres fort chantal

    Comment by chantal demers — 25 February 2010 @ 20:30

  320. Dear Joannie,
    I have followed your skating career for years. You are an inspiration to many. As a mom and a grandma I can tell you that your Mom is with you not just while you skate. She’s at her other “home” now but will be always with you. That’s what we moms do. I know you will be wonderful tonight and I look forward to being a part of your worldwide cheering section. Much Love to you and your father at this time and in the days to come. LB

    Comment by L. B. — 25 February 2010 @ 20:33

  321. Joannie,
    You inspire me to keep going through all struggles in life, and I am proud to have you as a role-model. I cried with you after your short-program, but am sitting and waiting in anticipation to see you compete in your free-skate. Thanks for inspiring me, and know that you have my sincere support and condolences about your mom.

    All the best.
    Be strong.
    Breanne.

    Comment by Breanne Thompson — 25 February 2010 @ 20:41

  322. Dear Joannie,
    You skated beautifully Tuesday! Best performance of the night by far. I know what your going through, my mother passed away three years ago. I just have to say i would have never had the strength or courage you did Joannie. Keep in mind that she wants you to keep going, and she is watching you on the ice and is very proud of you! You are such an amazing and strong individual. This will only make you stronger. I send you the best of wishes. You and your family are in my prayers. You are such an inspiration to me and my new favorite skater! I love you so very much. You are my HERO.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly

    Comment by Kelly Beecher — 25 February 2010 @ 20:47

  323. Hi Joannie, I saw you perform on Tuesday night and it was the most beautiful, yet heart breaking performance I’ve ever seen. You’re passion and perseverance is inspiring and second to none. My deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time with the loss of your loved one. Good luck tonight Joannie! We’ll be cheering for you and hope you take it all.
    From your friends and neighbors here in the United States………….we’re pulling for you!!

    Jeff Squires
    Phoenix, AZ USA

    Comment by Jeff Squires — 25 February 2010 @ 21:19

  324. You are a true inspiration, take care out there..!

    Comment by Kelly Kostick — 25 February 2010 @ 21:20

  325. Joannie,
    Sorry about the lost of your mom. But you skate really good and you make Canada very proud of you in figure skating. Keep up the Good Skating.

    GO CANADA.

    Comment by Scott Culbertson — 25 February 2010 @ 21:24

  326. Dear Joannie.
    Occupying a translator I do not know if the translation is well done.

    I’m from Mexico and I really like the Winter Olympics figure skating special. I am a five years became a paraplegic, I’m fine health, but unfortunately I’m getting worse physically. However, I struggle every day with much enthusiasm.

    I externalize my deepest and sincere feelings upon learning of the news of the death of your Mom sencible. In Mexico got the news at the time you were involved in figure skating. Your performance was so beautiful and perfect that I could see that you gave body and soul, when you finished your routine and see you mourn, I also began to mourn. I’m with you with my thoughts.

    One thing you can say, “your mom is now with God and you can be sure of it” is that it’s sad but life goes on and you have a lot of life. I have two thoughts that I share with you, one is entitled, “In life as in games”
    The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part;
    The same happens in life …
    The most important thing is not the triumph but the struggle
    essential thing is not to have conquered,
    but to have fought well.

    And another thought that is very special to me and each time I read it I get tears, is that the beginning is a little strong but the end is beautiful. is called

    “I had the worst mother of the world”
    While the other children must not have breakfast, I had to eat cereal, eggs and toasted bread.
    When the others took gaseous refreshment and candies for the lunch, I had to eat emparedados.
    My mother always insisted on knowledge where we were.
    It seemed that we were jailed.
    She had to know who were our friendly and what we were doing.
    She insisted on which: if we said that we were going to take one hour, only we took one hour.
    It gives shame to admit it me, but until it had the impudence to break the law against the work of minors.
    It caused that we washed frets, we tended beds, that we learned to cook and many equally cruel things.
    I believe that it remained wide-awake at night thinking about the things that could force to us to do.
    It always insisted that we said the truth, all the truth and nothing else that the truth. For when we arrived at the adolescence already was wiser and our lives became less terrible.
    Nobody could touch the horn so that we left running. It shamed us until the end, forcing to our friendly to arrive at the door to ask for us.
    My mother was a complete failure.
    No of us has been arrested, each of my brothers has served in a mission and also it has served our mother country.
    And to who we must blame of our terrible future?
    She is right, to our mother.
    They see of everything what we have ourselves lost.
    We have never been able to participate in a demonstration of acts of violence and thousands of things that made our friendly.
    It made us turn to us into educated and honest adults.
    Using this as frame. I am trying to educate my children in the same way.
    They will see, I give thanks to God:
    By to have given the “worse Mother to me of the world”.

    Believe me that although I have the honor of meeting you my heart is with you. Life goes on at every moment, put your best effort in everything you do every day of your life.

    I wish with all my heart that you achieve a gold medal and dedicate it to all
    heart to your mom that you will be watching and caring.

    With all my heart and admiration wish you the best today, tomorrow and forever.

    Ricardo Arias Sagarminaga
    ricarias71@yahoo.com

    Comment by Ricardo Arias Sagarmínaga — 25 February 2010 @ 21:25

  327. Joannie-
    Your performance the other night was spectacular. You’re going to dominate the stage tonight.
    Vous êtes une belle fille et vous peux ganger ce soir!
    Vous et votre famille sont dans mon cœur.

    Comment by Olivia C — 25 February 2010 @ 21:28

  328. Success is not measured by dollars, pounds, or gold… instead “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Best wishes to you and your family

    Comment by Tracy Pullinger — 25 February 2010 @ 21:28

  329. Dear Joannie,
    Wishing you all the best tonight. Your mom will be with you in your heart. And I along with all of Canada will be cheering in you on in your skate tonight and as well as thinking you in the days ahead. You are a special young lady and a wonderful role model for the young ladies of this wonderful country we live in. Your courage and grace will shine in our hearts forever. All the best Joannie!

    Comment by Marlene — 25 February 2010 @ 21:35

  330. Joannie!
    First of all Id like to express my Deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother, Know that You are being thought of during this very difficult time.
    Id like to Thank You for a show Of AMAZING Courage during your short program. You were stunning. I felt Your emotion. You are a beautiful figure skater, Continuing this competion is such an inspiration to me, and im sure too many others!
    You Make CANADA Very proud!!!
    Good Luck tonight!
    <3 Much Love
    Daniela
    (Toronto, Canada)

    Comment by DANIELA — 25 February 2010 @ 21:49

  331. My condolences, there really isn’t a lot you can say but things will get better. Just remember the happy moments in your life and even though you may not think so, you will feel better. bon chances et bon courage!
    Deanna

    Comment by Deanna — 25 February 2010 @ 21:52

  332. Joannie, You are already a champion,tonight all eyes will be on you including a new Angel and I pray that you get that Gold !!! God is good and will take you through this very difficult time in your life.. Reach for the stars, your new Angel will be watching you… God Bless you and your Family!

    Comment by Eleanor B — 25 February 2010 @ 21:56

  333. Joannie, you are an inspiration….. You are a very strong couragous woman and your mom is with you every step of the way. I know what you are going through I lost my mom a few years a go suddenly… Be strong and skate your heart out. You mom is your guardian angle and she is with you tonight when you skate for gold!!!!!!!!!!

    Hugs and thoughts,

    Kim

    Comment by Kim Smith — 25 February 2010 @ 21:59

  334. I just want to say how much of an inspiration you are to so many people, not just athletes, but everyone. With everything you have gone through to get where you are and to have suffered such a lost, to still stand strong and proud is a huge achievement in its self. I have no doubt that you will succeed in everything you do, including the olympics. And that your mother will continue to shine on you from above. Wishing you all the best in these tough times and hoping to see you on that podium! You deserve it!!!! God Bless :)

    Comment by Ami — 25 February 2010 @ 22:00

  335. Dear Joannie
    My family is so very sorry for your loss. All of Canada is so very proud of you, you’re a very strong,beautiful and brave young woman. You do your parents proud. We wish you all the best in all your future endeavours.

    Comment by Teresa Burns — 25 February 2010 @ 22:12

  336. I WATCHED ALL THE GIRLS ON THE WINTER SKATING , AND YOU WAS THE BEST. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS .I WISH I COULD BE AS BRAVE AS YOU WAS.I HOPE EVERY THING WILL BE OK.

    Comment by MEGAN CARDWELL — 25 February 2010 @ 22:16

  337. Joannie, you have stolen the hearts of this nation and the world. Having lost a father who was so precious to me, I can feel your pain. To lose your mother at such a time is unbelievably sad. God bless you for your courage. We are pulling for you!

    Comment by Barbara — 25 February 2010 @ 22:17

  338. I can not express in words how your situation has made our family feel. Every time you are on t.v. we get a pit in our stomach and a tear in our eye. Life is so difficult at times and it is unfortunate you experienced the loss of your Mom when you did. We will say a little prayer for you tonight and don’t worry about where you place. The fact that you gave it your all is more than anyone could ever ask. You are gold in our hearts.
    God Bless
    Je tame
    Calgary

    Comment by Todd Alteman — 25 February 2010 @ 22:23

  339. Dear Joannie,
    Best of luck tonight.Wn or lose, you are truly a hero…Canadian Hero!
    Canada is all the way besides you supporting you throught the trials of life. Let’s hope the Figure Skating Gods will see it fit to give you the Gold.

    Once the games are over and life returns to normal, I hope you will have all the support you and your family need to cope with the recent passing of your mother. You will be in Canada’s heart and prayers.

    Be well and kick some butts!!]

    Comment by Sylvie Boyle — 25 February 2010 @ 22:29

  340. My thoughts and love are with you and your family Joannie. You are such a brave and strong young woman. You have shown the world what strength and courage is. Your performances are stunning and you deserve a gold medal! Regardless of the outcome, you are our Champion!

    Love and Light to you!

    Comment by Tracy Ticheloven — 25 February 2010 @ 22:37

  341. Broken Courage
    It takes courage to realize that you are broken
    It takes the realization that
    There is more to being a broken soul
    Than there is to showing a lot of courage

    That’s what the term “broken courage” means
    It means that one is willing to break down in tears
    In order to show themselves to others
    Therefore making it a lot easier for the broken soul to have courage

    It means that one is willing to expose all faults
    In order to be made whole again
    It shows that one is willing to cry
    Before they could ever show strength in front of others

    By being broken so many times
    If there is a willingness to be
    Means that there is an expose that must be told
    A story that needs to be shared with others

    That’s what the term “broken courage” means
    It means being willing to tell the truth
    No matter who wants to hear it
    It might be a small crowd
    But the smaller the crowd…the bigger the impact

    Because it’s never really about how many people hear you
    It’s the message that they need to hear
    It’s a willingness to be tormented because of what you believe

    It’s a want to be used for something bigger than even one imagines
    Something that wasn’t there before
    But is seen as an invisible cloak of protection
    Because it’s harder to expose that which should be kept silent
    Than it is to speak up for injustice

    That makes you want to have…BROKEN COURAGE

    Faith Moriah Thomas
    October 2009

    Comment by Faith Thomas — 25 February 2010 @ 22:52

  342. Joannie, first of all I would like to offer you my deepest condolences. I know how you feel to an extent. 3 years ago when I was 17 years old my Mom passed away from cancer. It’s the hardest thing in the world to lose a parent. I’m so sorry. I know that at times you will think ‘why me? Why her?’ and I guess you just have to think that this was Gods plan. I know it’s hard and you will struggle with her loss but just keep doing what keeps you strong. It seems like your Mom was your biggest support in skating so that keeps you connected. You and I know shell always be there watching over you. You’re gonna male her real proud with your bravery and courageousness and beautiful routine. Good luck Joannie. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. No matter what happens tonight your still doing Canada proud and your Mom by just getting on that ice. You’ve already got gold. keep strong for your dad. Keep your head up girl. :) – Jessica

    Comment by Jessica Lamont — 25 February 2010 @ 22:53

  343. We are all with you Joannie. Just remember that no matter where or when you skate, you will always have a special angel on your shoulder watching over you.
    You symbolize what courage and strength and the olympic spirit is all about.
    I am sure your mother is so proud of you!

    Comment by Rita — 25 February 2010 @ 22:55

  344. Joannie,
    Nos condoléances à toi et à toute ta famille.
    Ecoute ton coeur….tu sera LA Canadienne des Olympiques… tu as le support de toutes les gens de notre beau pays……

    Bonne Chance !

    gilles

    Comment by Gilles Daigle, photographe — 25 February 2010 @ 22:58

  345. I can barely wait here, for your FS, you are so strong and brave

    Don’t worry about anything else; my mum is probably taking care of yours, in heaven

    So proud of you

    Comment by Michael — 25 February 2010 @ 23:02

  346. Good Luck tonight. All of Canada is behind you! Believe in yourself, we all believe in you!

    Comment by Jassen — 25 February 2010 @ 23:10

  347. hi ,im sorry about your loss im a big fan and im doing a project about you at school i was hoping to try to watch your performance on tv but i didnt have the chance so i watched it on youtube .you were very good and you are what i want to be when i grow up ,you were very strong during your performance and you were very good i loved you.after i heard from school (my bff) about your loss i watched you skate an you were so amazing you were so strong during your performance if that was me id`ve broken down crying.great job! :P

    Comment by alicia blancard — 25 February 2010 @ 23:10

  348. dear joannie,
    i watched you skate yesterday. and i heard about your mother passing away. i just want you to know that everyone at my school supports you. we were all talking about it today. i may only be 12, but i wish to one day be as strong as you. KEEP IT UP!! we all love and support you very very much and we wish you the best of luck! you can do it! i wrote this “title-less” poem (if you can call it that) for you. <3

    life is a rollar coaster ride
    when it takes you up
    you have to know it will come down

    happiness must be "up"
    and pain must be the "down"
    but hope can be the friends and family (and fans)
    that stay by your side
    the whole ride

    GO JOANNIE, WOO HOO!!! STAY STRONG!
    sending love,
    GRACE
    ╔♫═╗ ╔╗ ♥
    ╚╗╔╝║║♫═╦╦╦╔╗║♫╝╠═╦╦╗
    ╔╝╚╗♫╚╣║║║║╔╣╚╗╔╣║♫║♥
    ╚═♫╝╚═╩═╩♫╩═╝♫ ╚╝╚═╩═╝

    Comment by Grace J. — 25 February 2010 @ 23:10

  349. Joannie, the performance you put out for your short program brought tears to my eyes, the power, the raw emotion, it was amazing. I cannot wait to see how you do Thursday. All my prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time for you. May your wishes and dreams come true, and i wish you all the very best in the future.

    Comment by Vicky — 25 February 2010 @ 23:10

  350. my mom died suddenly (in a car accident) two days after the 2002 olympics… it was my grad year, as well as my proclamation year. in that sense i feel like i can relate!! my heart breaks for you as i can grasp what you’re going through and will go through over the upcoming years… i feel that because we’ve both lost our mother’s during major life experiences, and during the olympics, i will always remember this, and i will pray for you every february… life will continue! it’s been 8 years, and i’ve gotten married and had three kids since then… you’re going to do WONDERFUL tonight!! :)

    Comment by allie — 25 February 2010 @ 23:11

  351. Joannie, my hear aches for you. I lost my mom a little over a year ago and because of the circumstances, I felt that I had a monopoly on the pain and sorrow on this most significant loss.

    You should be so proud and pleased with how you have skated during the Olympics. Your mom is with you, she knows how you are succeeding and thriving.

    A friend of my mom’s passed along the advice my mom shared when his father died – something good will come of this. You may not see it yet, and it may take some time, but there is something good.

    It will not always be this difficult. You have so many wonderful friends, family and fans. Call upon whomever and whatever you need to do to cope through this tough time.

    Through your loss I am remembering my own mom. I suppose we are lucky to have had such great mothers and role models.

    I wish you only the best

    Comment by Heather Borstein — 25 February 2010 @ 23:15

  352. Dear Joannie
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family you’re in our hearts, prayers and thoughts, we wish you all the best in vancouver, Keep strong and keep believing as we believe in you. you’re gold in our eyes.

    Comment by Darren and Nancy Greene — 25 February 2010 @ 23:22

  353. GOOD LUCK JOANNIE!! I LOVE YOU!
    i’m not very good at french but…
    <3Bonne Chance!!<3
    I can't wait to see you skate
    God Bless, we're all praying for you.

    Comment by Joyce Lee — 25 February 2010 @ 23:23

  354. Chère Joannie,
    Nous voulons t’offrir nos sincères sympathies pour la perte de ta Maman…le plus grand chagrin d’un enfant, même devenu grand, et le premier que l’ont vit sans elle. Tu es une grande source d’inspiration, tu n’as pas abandonné ton rêve, tu as su prouver au monde entier que tu es une jeune femme courageuse. Nous sommes fières de toi, le Canada est fière de toi, et sans doute que ta mère en est la plus fière de tous de là-haut. Dans moins de 20 minutes tu auras la chance de nous émerveiller à nouveau lors de ton programme long. Je te souhaite une super performance, le podium, une médaille et surtout courage! Tu vas y arriver ma belle…
    Go Joannie Go!

    Comment by Isabelle et Magalie — 25 February 2010 @ 23:24

  355. Joannie; with your will to persue, which undoubtedly would be your mother’s wish. She had to be strong to leave such an infulence in your mind and heart. Loosing a mother is the most stressfull pain, especially when you are so young. The best to your future and you always have this special Olympic 2010 as a fond memory to your mother.

    Comment by Reinaldo "Sonny" Buso — 25 February 2010 @ 23:28

  356. MY VERY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. FOR YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DID AFTER SUCH A LOSS IS OVERWHELMING. YOU HAVE A STONG WILL AND A HEART OF GOLD. MY VERY BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS

    Comment by dave frontz — 25 February 2010 @ 23:30

  357. Dear Joannie
    Don’t Give Your Dreams
    And Never Leave The Behind
    Find Them, And All Through Your Life
    Cherish Them
    And Never Let Them Go

    Comment by Darren Greene — 25 February 2010 @ 23:30

  358. It’s very late here in Atlantic Canada…..but I had to stay up for your performance….May God be with you during your difficult days a head.

    Tonight I wish you every success…..

    The loss of a Mom is something we never get over..

    Take care of yourself and be strong………..
    My prayers are with you and your Dad.

    Comment by Patti Maceachrem — 25 February 2010 @ 23:32

  359. Joannie,
    Dans quelques minutes tu vas donner ta performance. Tu représentes un exemple de courage et de persévérance pour tous nos jeunes.
    Bonne chance notre enfant!

    Comment by Un admirateur — 25 February 2010 @ 23:36

  360. Chere Joannie,

    J’aimerais bien trouver des mots magiques pour soulager ta douleur et enlever la tristesse qui envahit ton coeur. Helas, ces mots n’existent pas. La seule chose que je peux te dire est que ta bravoure et ta dedication font de toi un etre extraordinaire. Ta mere ne peut etre que fiere de toi.

    Je suis certaine que ta mere est et sera toujours a tes cotes, et que pour elle, ainsi que pour tous les Canadiens, tu es deja une championne.

    Au nom de tous les Quebecois, nous sommes avec toi et nous souhaitons que tous tes reves se realisent.

    Comment by Tatiana Toro Guevara — 25 February 2010 @ 23:36

  361. Joannie, I lost a brother in a motorcycle accident and I know how you are feeling right now. Losing someone so close just breaks your heart.

    After watching your short program, towards the end I too was in tears. You did an unbelievable job. I was absolutely blown away by your performance. Your mother is with you. Never give up hope!

    Jimmy S.

    Comment by Jimmy S. — 25 February 2010 @ 23:40

  362. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOANNIE I LOVE YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I THINK YOU ARE THE BEST FIGURE SKATER IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I AM WATCHING YOU SKATE RIGHT NOW!!!!! IM REALLY HOPING YOU GET GOLD!!!!! IM ALSO MAKEING A SCRAPBOOK ARTICLE ABOUT YOU FOR SCHOOL!!!!!! YOU ARE ONE OF MY HEROS!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!
    God Bless, Keep on going! :D

    Comment by Lalaine Gower — 25 February 2010 @ 23:42

  363. You have my deepest sympathies on your loss. I cannot even imagine how devestating this must be for you, but I am awed by the dignity and strength you have displayed throughout this time, and I hope that someday, you look back on this and realize what a truly inspiring and remarkable woman you are.

    Tuesday was, quite simply, the bravest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do in my life and a true example of everything the Olympics stand for.

    Be assured, I WILL be cheering myself hoarse throughout your free skate, but as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what the final score is. You are a true champion and a true Olympian in every sense of the word, and this American is as proud of you as everyone in Canada and the rest of the world must be right now.

    And I know that your parents must be proud too, both of them, of the remarkable, dignified, and BRAVE daughter they’ve given to the world.

    You are amazing, and I hope you treat yourself as the absolute treasure that you are, because you are one in a billion.

    May you be blessed and comforted in this difficult time. You are a tribute to your mother and an insipiration to us all.

    Comment by Sharon Cooper — 25 February 2010 @ 23:46

  364. You did us all proud tonight. Fantastic performance. Canada and the world is cheering you on. I’m sure in the future you will get the gold you so well deserve. As far as Canadians and myself are concerned you’re our gold hero this Olympics (no matter what medal they give you) hugsss and luv Jan

    Comment by Janie Tallman — 25 February 2010 @ 23:51

  365. Congratulations on your Bronze medal – and for carrying on to make all of your family and friends and community so proud.

    Comment by Scott Clarke — 26 February 2010 @ 00:00

  366. Congratulations on winning the bronze medal! Your performance was truly courageous and excellent. I wish all the best for you and am proud to have you represent Canada in such a prestigious competition.

    Comment by Evan — 26 February 2010 @ 00:01

  367. CONGRATULATIONS!

    You have shown great courage and strength, a testament to your parents. Your Mother is with you always, may she rest in peace. Our thoughts are with you and your father. You have made us so proud.

    Comment by Joan Debly — 26 February 2010 @ 00:02

  368. It is PLATINUM, baby! You are the most beautiful and brave girl in the world. 7 hearts in our family are with you! You are the best! You are the HERO! Mom is watching you from Above and is so proud and happy!
    Love, Shepelevich family,
    Edmonton.

    Comment by Katya Shep — 26 February 2010 @ 00:03

  369. I don’t even want to pretend that I know you but from what
    I’ve seen and heard this past week, you are a very courageous
    person and your Mom is very PROUD of you.

    Great Job to yourself and for Canada.

    Comment by Ed — 26 February 2010 @ 00:03

  370. Congratulations Joannie. We have watched you skate many times and our daughter Laura (age 10) has had the priviledge to skate with you twice in Picton, Ontario. Our hearts were so heavy when we heard of your loss. Watching you these past days have been an absolute testament to you and your family. We are…and more importantly, you should be…so proud of yourself. As we write this email–we are watching you receive your Bronze Medal…thank you. It has been a privilege…

    Comment by The Brown Family — 26 February 2010 @ 00:04

  371. Felicitation Joannie!!! Le Canada est fière de toi :)
    Franck

    Comment by Franck — 26 February 2010 @ 00:04

  372. Joannie – JUST WATCHED YOU WIN A MEDAL!!! Before the Olympics, I did not know you, but I can honestly say, you are now one of my greatest heros. I will not soon forget your beautiful, admirable and exemplary performance at these Olympics
    God bless you and your family!

    Comment by Jessika — 26 February 2010 @ 00:04

  373. Dear Joannie,
    My thoughts have been with you and I can relate, though I know two situations are the same. I, too, lost my mother. She had a stroke after flying to New York for a holiday. She was my best friend. I am so proud of you for skating. You are an inspiration for all motherless daughters. She is part of you and your medal for your life. I am thinking of you in your tough days ahead.

    Comment by Tanya Hoffarth — 26 February 2010 @ 00:05

  374. Joannie!! I am sooo Proud to be a Canadian right now!!! You did a fantastic job, especially with everything you’ve had to deal with this past week. Congratulations a million times! In my mind this is the best medal of the games for Canada (even if the mens hockey team pulls off gold!). Congrats again, and good luck with everything! you are in my Prayers! God Bless!

    Comment by Adam Tate — 26 February 2010 @ 00:05

  375. Dear Joannie,

    Congratulations! You made Canada so proud!! Your perseverance and grace is incredibly admirable. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time. Your Mom was definitely watching over you tonight, and you are in the hearts and minds of every Canadian. My prayers are with you, and you’re certainly a true hero.

    Love always xo

    Comment by Mary — 26 February 2010 @ 00:05

  376. Joannie ~
    Your Olympic performance was absolutely inspiring. To be able to perform so beautifully and gracefully after enduring such a tragedy is amazing. Your skating has the total package – athleticism, artistry, and such grace. Congratulations on a phenomenal Olympic appearance and Bronze medal. You and your family are in our prayers and I send you my deepest sympathy for your great loss.

    Comment by Jamie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:06

  377. Dear Joannie,

    You are one beautiful and strong woman!!! I had to look up your amazing performance on you tube and I must say you left me totally speechless, I could only burst into tears. You are an inspiration to millions of people who look up to you not just as an outstanding athlete but also an incredibly strong woman with amazing determination and courage. The key to your accomplishment is to be fearless and that is exactly all you have shown to us. The world of unknown and insecurity is usually what tends to come into our way, but you are a fighter that always wins!
    You know very well that your mother could not be more proud of you. She became a star in the sky that now lights up to guide you through your new life journey. Do not be afraid what’s ahead, you are just walking a “Mountain path”… All the best to you and your family, keep strong and fight the battle!

    Katarina V.

    Comment by Katarina V. — 26 February 2010 @ 00:07

  378. I am in tears watching you accept your well-deserved bronze medal. You did your mom proud girl!!! Your are an inspiration to everyone. You have such amazing courage to skate the way you did. Mere words cannot express the way I feel right now…
    We love you Joannie!!! ♥♥♥♥♥
    P.S. Take some much deserved rest now!!

    Comment by Shawna — 26 February 2010 @ 00:07

  379. Joannie, you have so much courage. Your mom is very proud of you. You are gold in all Canadian’s hearts and memories.

    Comment by Melanie Putz — 26 February 2010 @ 00:07

  380. Joannie,

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this very difficult time. You are truly an inspiration to every person in this world. You have tremendous strength, one that is so much greater than I can ever imagine. Your mother may not have been present for your Olympic competition, but she was watching you. She was rooting for you. You were an excellent performer. I’m so proud of you and happy that you won the Bronze medal. You won it not only for yourself, but for your mother. May she rest in peace.

    <3 Natasha

    Comment by Natasha Risley — 26 February 2010 @ 00:09

  381. Joannie Rochette, you epitomize not only that of a Canadian figure skater, not only that of a female skater, but also that of any true figure-skating talent out there. I am a very big fan of you because first of all, i myself am Canadian, though I live in the United States. but second of all and most importantly, you have inspired many figure-skating fans, Canadians in particular. we are all very sorry for the loss of your mother. i know, it’s sad and unbearable. even for you as well, but we hope you’ll make it through. just keep doing your thing. we hope you will win the gold medal through pride and determination. keep your head up and be strong. I am sure your mother will smile down at you because of what you have already become, a great figure-skater.

    Comment by Shuo Yang — 26 February 2010 @ 00:09

  382. Joannie – Congratulations on your Medal Performance. You are an inspiration to us all. You showed us courage and composure beyond comprehension.

    Your Mom and Dad are both very proud of you, as are all of us in Canada.

    God Bless You.

    Comment by Dana and Brenda McComber — 26 February 2010 @ 00:12

  383. R.I.P. Therese. I know she was smiling down on Joannie during her Olympic performances.

    Joannie should be proud of her bronze medal. I’m sure her mother is proud of her up there.

    Best wishes to Normand, Joannie, and the rest of her family.

    Sincerely,
    Arun Bhatti
    New York

    Comment by Arun — 26 February 2010 @ 00:13

  384. Merci pour l’inspiration.

    Comment by Lisa — 26 February 2010 @ 00:13

  385. Joannie,
    I am from Argentina and have only seen a couple of figure skating performances in my life. I heard your story in the news and could not help tuning in for both your short and long program. I fell in love with your courage and beauty. I congratulate you, your family and your team on a stunning performance, but moreover, I thank you for your example. Without knowing, you have touched lives all over the world forever. I only wish one day the world can thank you for this.
    Hugs and best wishes from an Argentine fan!

    Comment by JF — 26 February 2010 @ 00:16

  386. Dear Joannie,
    Three weeks ago I lost my beloved father who would have turned 96 on Feb.25. Dad, who loved figure skating, would have been so proud of you and the magnificent effort you made in honour of your mother. You did her proud! As you look back, remember the happy times you shared together. My sincerest congratulations on your victory !
    Mary Ellen Duncan

    Comment by Mary Ellen Duncan — 26 February 2010 @ 00:16

  387. Dear: Joannie. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers and thoughts go out to you during this difficult time. I would also like to congradulate you on your winning of the broze medal your preformance was amazing. No words can describe it, I loved every minute of it. God bless you <3

    Comment by Rebekah — 26 February 2010 @ 00:18

  388. Congratulations! Your mother knows what you accomplished and she is so proud of you. And we are so proud of you. You showed an incredible amount of courage in a very difficult time. We are so sorry your mom was not there in person.

    Comment by Glenda Smith — 26 February 2010 @ 00:18

  389. congrats on BRONZE. You are truly an inspiration to athletes across our country. You have made everyone so unbelievable proud. Your strength is amazing, to be able to compete after such a huge tragedy is incredible. You helped so many people in so many ways, you proved everything happens for a reason and Im sure this made you push even further for your goal. Your Mom was with you the entire way and always will be.
    You were beautiful tonight, never stop skating :)
    congrats again, and all the best in the future ! :)

    Comment by Alisa — 26 February 2010 @ 00:20

  390. Joannie, congratulations, I think that you deserved better but I am so proud of you! My kids lost thier mother just after her 52nd birthday and I think I know how hard it was for you to compete. In the sight of adversity you shone. I know that your mother was there watching you and now she can continue on with her journey and rest with GOD. Please except my sicere condolences and please continue on with your skating as you know that is what she would want. Know that she will always be there with you and she will show it from time to time. You are in our prayers. GOD BLESS.

    Comment by Tim Wooldridge — 26 February 2010 @ 00:21

  391. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you. Your strength and courage could not be any more inspiring! You have made your country extremely proud tonight.
    Thank You!

    Comment by Melanie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:21

  392. You did great. I have two daughters, and I could only dream that they could find the strength within themselves that you have. What a champion. Wow.

    Comment by Dan McGlaun — 26 February 2010 @ 00:23

  393. Dear Joannie,

    Although I do not normally watch ice skating, I happened to be watching tonite as you performed and only then did I learn of your Mother’s passing. My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time in your life. So, instead of changing the channel, I watched and hoped that you would be able to perform well. Wow…not only did you perform, but you did so with such courage and grace. You are an inspiration to both young and old. I know that your Mother is so very proud of you and your accomplishments both past and present. I salute you Joannie and wish you peace and strength throughout the days and months ahead. May God bless you and comfort you in ways that only He can. You did your country proud! Indeed, you did the world proud! Congratulations… and again, my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family.

    Warmest Regards,
    James

    PS…If you don’t mind my asking, how do skaters keep from falling after spinning so fast and stopping so abruptly? I have always wondered…lol

    Comment by James McCarroll — 26 February 2010 @ 00:24

  394. Simply spectacular! Your courage, skill and dedication is an inspiration to everyone. You have the strength of a nation behind you. May it ease the pain from your recent loss. Congratulations on your bronze medal performance!

    Comment by Daryl — 26 February 2010 @ 00:24

  395. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal! You have great courage and dignity and represented Canada very well. All the best to you in your future.

    Comment by Sharon — 26 February 2010 @ 00:25

  396. GREAT GOB JOANNIE!
    you did so good at skating tonight! i swear i was almost crying! you are my hero! im so happy for you especially in this time!
    YOUR AWESOME!

    – brianna

    ps sorry if i had some spelling errors im only 10!

    Comment by Briannna Sjodin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:26

  397. … your inner strength, your poise, your determination, your emotion shone through this week. Not only are you a beautiful skater, but you are an amazing individual. You have touched so many people by your courage. Watching you skate tonight was amazing – watching your Dad watch you skate touched my heart. It was as though everyone could feel your Mom’s presence in the rink tonight.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate this moment and as you allow yourself to grieve for your Mom. You make me proud to be a Canadian – you represented yourself with class and dignity.

    Comment by Leanne Neighbour — 26 February 2010 @ 00:26

  398. Your mother has left behind a thousand moments that will live in your heart forever. Your strength and courage at this time has truly been inspirational. Please know, at this difficult time, that you and your father are in so many thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Julie Lang Gibson — 26 February 2010 @ 00:27

  399. Joannie,
    Congratulations on the Bronze medal! You are a true champion. You did this for your mother and I know she is smiling on you now. You’re an amazing person and a truly courageous one to keep moving forward. We are so proud of you. Now its your time to grieve and remember your mother. She was with you while you’re skating and always will be. She’s up there smiling on this day and tears of happiness are falling down her cheeks as with your nation who watched you today do the unthinkable. Congratulations again! I wish I could personally give you a hug and tell you how proud I am for you and I dont even know you.
    Thanks for Hanging in there!

    Comment by Marlaena — 26 February 2010 @ 00:27

  400. CONGRATS JOANNIE!!! Canada is so proud of you!! Congrats on getting a beautiful bronze medal tonight and for showing true strength and bravery. You are a warrior, a champion, an inspiration.

    May you find comfort from the love of your family and friends during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! <3

    Comment by Erin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:27

  401. just wanted to say i was so proud of you and what you showed the world so proud to be Canadian and you have the whole country behind you
    my best to you and your family from mine

    Comment by Paul Lynch — 26 February 2010 @ 00:28

  402. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments at this most difficult time. I’m sure your Mom is smiling on you from heaven. Your courage and tenacity will been an inspiration to many.

    The pain of your loss will seem all consuming in the next while but please know that many of your fans will be upholding you in their thoughts and prayers. I hope you will have some private time with your family and that you will find a way to grieve and eventually find peace. If I may suggest a book for down the road, please consider “Motherless Daughters” by Hope Edelman. It addresses many of the broad spectrum of feelings brought about by the loss of a mother.

    God bless you and your family. Know that you and your Mom are both held in His embrace.

    Comment by Stephanie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:28

  403. Congratulations Joannie!
    Your determination and performance this week was so inspiring! You are so deserving of this medal!

    Comment by Vanessa — 26 February 2010 @ 00:28

  404. Canadian Strength; Personified to the WORLD!

    You are the “Wayne Grtetzky of Olympic Sports”

    Merci & Thank You!

    Your strength, love and spirt made us proud to be Canadian. During the Medal presentation, All I could hear was “O Canada” in Mom’s Memory.

    Comment by Proud Canadian — 26 February 2010 @ 00:29

  405. I think you are beautiful and a genuine inspiration to us all. You have unbelievable strength. My warmest congratulations on your well-deserved medal! To me it means far, far more than any other medal Canada has won these Olympics. I cried after both your performances. It was lovely seeing a smile on your face tonight. Hugs!

    Comment by Miranda — 26 February 2010 @ 00:30

  406. Joannie,
    You are true inspiration. Keep smiling.

    Comment by Clark — 26 February 2010 @ 00:30

  407. Congratulations Joannie. You are an inspiration to our nation and to all women everywhere for your courage, resilience and strength. You are also a class act and I am so happy for you tonight. Your skate tonight was brilliant and you are beautiful. You GO Girl!!!

    Comment by Patricia Schandl — 26 February 2010 @ 00:32

  408. Joannie, I am proud to call myself a fellow Canadian after the grace, poise, courage and bravery you have just demonstrated in front of the whole world. Please accept both my sympathy and my congratulations for what you have been through this week. You are an inspiration to everyone.

    Comment by Brandy Catton — 26 February 2010 @ 00:32

  409. You are truly an inspiration.

    Comment by Kimberley - Vancouver — 26 February 2010 @ 00:33

  410. Congratulations, Joannie, on your bronze medal win. You are a true champion to accomplish this in the aftermath of the loss of your mom. You are an inspiration to all. God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Joe Van Hoey — 26 February 2010 @ 00:33

  411. Hello Joannie,

    I just wanted to congratulate you on your incredibly courageous and inspiring Olympic performance winning the bronze medal along with so many hearts around the world. To accomplish what you have in the face of such loss is extraordinary on so many different levels of the human experience. I shared your tears at the conclusion of your performance and I pray God brings you profound peace and comfort during your time of grief. Thank you for making the world a brighter place for us all. Your spirit is truly an inspiration. (Numbers 6:24-26)

    Keith Norris
    North Augusta, SC

    Comment by Keith Norris — 26 February 2010 @ 00:35

  412. Joannie,

    Congratulations on your great performance and on winning the bronze medal. You have made all of Canada proud and have made your mother proud. By her sacrifices, your mother has obviously inspired, motivated and nurtured you to greatness. Her lasting legacy is that the daughter that she loved so much, by her performance and courage this week, has inspired and motivated millions. The example you set can and will help so many others out of difficult situations. That is worth more than any medal can offer. Be proud of what you have done for it is the combination of your mother’s love and your courage that has resulted in lasting memories for people all around the world.

    I pray for you and your mother and I wish you and your father all the very best in the life!!

    Dan from Toronto

    Comment by Dan from Toronto — 26 February 2010 @ 00:35

  413. Way to go Joannie! Congratulations! You have made all of Canada proud! What great skates you had for yourself and your mom and dad! They are cheering in Heaven tonight! You are a very stron, brave lady. All the best in the future and my deepest sympathy to you! Sincerely, Susan Lantz

    Comment by Susan Lantz — 26 February 2010 @ 00:36

  414. Joannie,

    Words cannot express how proud all Canadians are of you, and they certainly do not start to encompass the range of feelings we share with you at this time. It is so tragic.

    Congratulations on your medal, and all of our best wishes for you and your Dad and simpathy on the loss of your Mother.

    You are so brave and we are so proud, so moved, and at that same time so saddened.

    God Bless You and Normand.

    Comment by Ron Clark — 26 February 2010 @ 00:36

  415. Congratulations Joannie on your Bronze medal,it was Golden!
    Canada thanks you,you are so brave!

    Comment by Sandra Lee — 26 February 2010 @ 00:37

  416. God Bless You. You are all that should inspire others. Let your story be told. God Bless You.

    J

    Comment by Jim Bor — 26 February 2010 @ 00:38

  417. Joannie, no one could have done what you have done tonight. In facing one of the most painful moments in life, you continued your journey, with your family, and made your Mom proud!!! The medal was just part of a moment in time, that marks the love of you and your Mom. Well done! Canada is so proud of you! God Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Rosemary Young — 26 February 2010 @ 00:38

  418. Congratulations, but I don’t know where you found the courage to do the skating, I now when I lost my mother I was unable to function to the peak that you showed this week I was basically useless. You are a true champion and my heartfelt wishes and condolences go out to you and your family

    Comment by John Fortune — 26 February 2010 @ 00:40

  419. Congratulations Joannie! Your courage and grace were so admirable this week and I was thrilled to see you earn the bronze medal tonight!
    Wishing you peace as you mourn your Mother.

    Comment by Stephanie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:41

  420. Felicitacions Joannie – je ne suis pas tres souvent portee a feliciter des inconnus, encore moins des athletes, mais ce soir tu t’es montree une vraie championne, dans tous les sens. Tu merites de ton succes… j’avais de la peine pour toi et pour ton pere, mais plus que cela je vous ai admire. Bravo, et je te souhaite tout ce qui est le meilleur dans ta vie. Tu es une jeune femme vraiment exceptionelle – cela ce voit!

    Comment by Kelly — 26 February 2010 @ 00:41

  421. congratulations on your medal joannie!!
    your courage is as astounding as your talent…
    you are a champion in the truest sense.

    i wish you and your family the best in the time to come, with my condolences… ddb

    Comment by dean d bentley — 26 February 2010 @ 00:42

  422. You are an inspiration to all women! To even have skated after the loss of your mother is amazing. Know that your courage is admired by all. Congratulations on your medal!

    Comment by Christine Carter — 26 February 2010 @ 00:42

  423. I am a 70 yr old grandmother from Guelph, Ont.I congratulate you on your success tonight .Your whole body must have been shaking due to the emotion of losing your mother too early and the tension of competing.You have the make-up(genes?) of very, very exceptional person. Congratulations! Jill Ross.

    Comment by jill ross — 26 February 2010 @ 00:43

  424. Way to go Joannie you deserve that medal! we are a mexicans living in Canada and we fell in love with you since the first time we watch you skating. You have so much energy and what you transmit is incredible. We will pray for you in this difficult time, we really feel your lost!

    I REALLY ADMIRE YOUR STRENGTH , YOU ARE A STRONG BEAUTIFUL WOMAN YOU GAVE US A LESSON GOING OUT TO FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAM EVEN WHEN YOUR HEART HAS IN PIECES! THANK YOU FOR THAT! CHEER UP AND GOD BLESS YOU:)

    Comment by MONICA SANCHEZ — 26 February 2010 @ 00:43

  425. fabulous job! you are as courageous as you are beautiful. you may have won bronze but you’re solid gold to me. you really showed the world the strength and courage of canada. i’m so very proud!

    Comment by kevin dupuis — 26 February 2010 @ 00:43

  426. Best medal we won at the Olympics!!! You are fantastic. Quebec and Canada are very proud of you.

    Comment by Steve Kushneryk — 26 February 2010 @ 00:44

  427. Joannie,
    You are such an inspiration to all of Canada, and your medal truly shows your determination and perseverance. Everyone was rooting for you and you definitely earned it. Felicitations!

    Comment by David Cosolo — 26 February 2010 @ 00:44

  428. As a mother, I am sure I would want my daughter to go forward as you did this week. Although I did not know her, I think you should not doubt what your mother would have wished for you the courage that you found. Congratulations and best wishes to you, your father and your family.

    Comment by Fiona — 26 February 2010 @ 00:45

  429. Joannie, Congratulation on your bronze medal tonight. I’m sure everybody in Canada can agree that your strength is one to be admired and be remembered for a long time. I offer my condolences to you and the rest of your family in this hard times, and I wish you more blessings to come in your skating career and life in general, keep smiling girl!

    Comment by Jed B — 26 February 2010 @ 00:45

  430. Joannie,
    What great courage you have displayed! You may have won a bronze medal to-night for skating but you have won GOLD for strength and courage. I will never forget you and this day! Thank you for your inspiration and making me an even prouder Canadian.

    “May your loss become a new birth,
    May the earthly ties severed,
    become guiding rays,
    May your heart hear in the new silence”
    H.Anthon

    Comment by Patricia Houston, Victoria B.C. — 26 February 2010 @ 00:45

  431. God bless you Joannie. Your performance tonight was beautiful. Your mother is looking down on her beautiful little girl and is very proud. I wish you and your family nothing but the best during these difficult times and in life.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Laura - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA — 26 February 2010 @ 00:45

  432. aloha joannie!my name is Lo and i want to send my condolences to u for the loss of yur mother.i too lost my mother 2 yrs ago to complications to cancer.i still feel the pain u are going thru but,i also know that my mom is not suffering anymore–as yur mom isnt either.they are both in a better place and are looking down on us.god has given u strength to compete in the olympics–even tho yur heat is elsewhere.u know as i do yur mom is so very proud of u joannie.as is yur father.congrats on yur bronze medal and stay strong joannie.let god put that peace in yur heart and rejoice!……god bless u joannie and i pray for u for peace!……..Lo Arredondo

    Comment by Lo Arredondo — 26 February 2010 @ 00:47

  433. Congratulations! You are the hero of this Olympic games – your courage and determination embodies the spirit of these games. You’ve won a bronze – it’s gold inthe eyes of all of canada and the world. We are so proud of you. your mom is so proud of you. god bless.

    Comment by Heather Herman — 26 February 2010 @ 00:47

  434. You are a very brave girl.. Congrats and all the best.

    Comment by Abdul Khan — 26 February 2010 @ 00:48

  435. Hello kiddo….I wanted to let you know that I am sooo proud of you. I missed your first skate and it saddened me. I watched your skate tonight and I cried all the way through it. You are an amazing young woman and you skated awesome. Thankyou for being you :o)

    PS….Congratulations on your BRONZE medal…….WOOHOO!!!!!!

    Comment by Darin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:48

  436. Dear Joannie,

    Your performances this week were absolutely beautiful! I am so proud and inspired by your courage and determination. My heart goes out to you in this tragic time. I recently lost my aunt suddenly in a Thanksgiving day car accident (also happened to be my 24th birthday). That was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced as we were very close, but even in the wake of this event, I cannot imagine what you must be going through.

    I am not a praying man, but believe me when I say you and your family are in my thoughts and I offer you my deepest condolences.

    That being said I also offer my congratulations on your medal! I am and American and I can say that I hope my fellow Americans do well but I would have been very upset if Mirai knocked you off the podium.

    Finally, KEEP GOING!!! You’ll get through this. You have the whole world to back you up!

    Félicitations à propos de votre médaille de bronze!
    (forgive me if I butchered the French translation, it’s been a few years since I studied the language.)

    With love and respect,
    Sean R. Maloney

    Comment by Sean Maloney — 26 February 2010 @ 00:48

  437. The world has watched. We are amazed at your composure, your skill, your skating. I understand your loss. And I’m overwhelmed by your courage. Your mother would be proud. All of us who have seen you are proud. You can be proud. While this moment is difficult, it will make you strong for the rest of your life. Be assured you have encouraged many out there. You’re golden. Best wishes for the future. An American.

    Comment by Donn — 26 February 2010 @ 00:49

  438. Dear Joannie:
    What a strong, and determined person you are. We are so proud of you, and my mom and I have always loved skating, but it was I moment i would forget with your program and you receiving a metal. We wanted that for you so bad, especially under your such difficult circumstances.
    So I say my condolences on the sudden loss of your dear mom, but congratulations of your subperb performance and your bronze olympic metal. You can be so proud and know that your mom would be so proud.
    Olmypics brings Canadians together. We loved it when we had the 88 Calgary Olmpics and it was the highlight of my mom’s life.
    She is 82 years old and she wanted me to find an address or send you a note from us. So I found you on-line and I might give her the address listed. All the best to you. We commend your determination and spirit and are so very proud of you!!

    Comment by Reanne Degagne and her mother Denise DeGagne in Calgary — 26 February 2010 @ 00:49

  439. Joannie,

    My sincerest condolences for your loss but also my biggest congratulations for your win. Like many others, I cried with you but not for you–you were amazing and lived the Olympic dream to the fullest.

    You’re an inspiration and a hero in the truest sense. Congratulations on your bronze–Canada is proud of you!

    All the best.

    Comment by Mandy — 26 February 2010 @ 00:49

  440. <<3 My Wishes and heart go out to you and your family!! You are a true canadian inspiration to all those around you and some!!!

    "Love equals Strength"

    With Love and Thoughts.
    Steph <3

    Comment by Stephanie McGuire — 26 February 2010 @ 00:50

  441. Je suis si fière. Merci pour ton courage, puissance et esprit. You have made everyone in Canada and around the world aware of the true Olympic spirit. I wish you time to grieve your loss with your family and friends around you. Please know that your country is behind you and that we all send our good energy to you and your family. Thank you for bringing such dedication to your sport and these games. T’es une inspiration.

    Comment by Andrea Case — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  442. i pray that god puts a peace in yur heart joannie during this difficult time.i lost my mother 2 yrs ago and it still hurts.yur mom is so proud of u for winning that medal.congrats and god bless u

    Comment by Lo Arredondo — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  443. You made us Canadians all so proud tonight. Congratulations on your win. God Bless you and your family and know that your Mother is watching over you and she did see you skate tonight.

    love from the Sullivans

    Comment by The Sullivans — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  444. Congratulations on your medal tonight! Canada is incredably proud of you.

    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Comment by Andy — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  445. Joannie,
    My condolences to you and your family.
    Your skate on Thursday night was sensational.
    I am not capable of judging the technical aspects of your program, but I can honestly say that your performance was very “smooth” and had the best “flow” of those that I watched. You appeared very relaxed and poised.
    Given the circumstances, I believe I speak for the majority of Canadians when I say congratulations. You should be extremely proud of your bronze medal; I am sure your mother would be.

    Comment by Bruce — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  446. Dear Joannie,

    You brought me great joy this week and especially tonight with your skating. But more than that, as you were being honored with your new, shiny bronze medal, I thought to myself, Joannie is the definition of grace.

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing away. My own Mom died July 2001, so I know what it feels like to lose someone you love. But our Mom’s are in our hearts…so we will never truly lose them.

    Nobody can know how you feel, but I remember how I felt, and if you need to know somebody cares, I do.

    My own Mom took French lessons, way back in high school in the 1940′s. She taught me to say “Do you speak French” in French….but that’s about all I can say…LOL. What good is that?

    Take care and God bless, and I am so proud of you!!! Great skate tonite…and I have a feeling that in Heaven, my Mom had met your Mom and they both were as happy as could be watching you tonite. My Mom absolutely LOVED watching ice skating…so much that it was too painful for me to even watch it, because we watched together…and this year, my boyfriend started talking about all the things he loved about the winter olympics, and he got me to watching ice skating again…and I am so glad he did. I would not have missed tonight for the world.

    Take care and God bless,

    Teena

    Comment by Teena Barker — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  447. Joannie, I have never watched figure skating before this week but you managed to change that. The courage you have shown throughout this difficult time is truely inspiring. You have made a whole nation very proud.
    Congratulations and Thank-you

    Comment by chris m — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  448. Congratulations on your Bronze medal, you were amazing! You are a GOLDEN girl to Canada. Your mom would be so proud!! You and your family are in our prayers. You are so strong and a inspiration to many young future Olympians.. Go Canada Go!!

    Comment by Helen,Darren,Regan and Raine Sarvari — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  449. Hi

    I am Angela Ibbott , I am ten
    You are my role model
    You have shown me that even if something horrible happens move along in life even if you miss someone!
    I actually have had 2 family members die in the last few months, one was a pedestrian hit in a cross walk and the other died of lung cancer.
    I admire your courage and perserverance in our difficult time.
    Congrats on your bronze!
    you have inspired me!
    <3 thank you for iinspiring me!
    Angela Ibbott, age ten

    Comment by Angela Ibbott — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  450. Joannie, I truly feel your loss and you have my deepest sympathy. I have been through almost exactly the same adversity as you, losing my father in April 09 during a soccer tournament. It was an emotional time for me, and like all the kind words you have received, the same respect was given to me by the tournament organizers and my team. You are truly an inspiration to the Olympics, showing that one can overcome a sad situation, and turn it into a happy one. You have made Canada proud of your accomplishment. Job well done, and again, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Comment by Bill Gallagher — 26 February 2010 @ 00:51

  451. There has not been a day this week, where I have not encountered people from all walks of life, young and old, friends and colleagues, near and far that have not all been heartbroken for you and your family, inspired by your courage, moved by your spirit, awed by your strength and touched by your beutiful performances. For your loss, our deepest sympathies, for what you’ve given, our deepest gratitude. You were an Olympic treasure without it, but I’m so happy you achieved the medal!

    Comment by Erin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:52

  452. Dearest Joannie
    Tonight you skated on behalf of not only your family and beloved mother, but also on behalf of Canada. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts were and are with you. You are, for myself, an amazing role model of courage, strength and dedication. I think I can say on behalf of Canada, how incredibly proud we are of you. The world has seen Canada fight and succeed despite everything in the image of you.
    I will never forget you, Olympian Star,
    Rhiannon Sarah

    Comment by Rhiannon Sarah Dominy-Pergentile — 26 February 2010 @ 00:52

  453. Joannie; I can’t begin to express how very much you are in our hearts & minds these days. Your courage is in itself…Inspiring. You are a beautiful skater; with talent you probally haven’t even figured out yet. Wow; i can’t seem to put it to words how i’m feeling right now. Overcome would summerize. I’d like to extend to you and your family, My families deepest condoleances. I’d also like to wish you the very best of luck in your future. You are my hero Joannie. I don’t know you personally; But; Still & All… “I love you.” Sonia XO’s

    Comment by Sonia Webb — 26 February 2010 @ 00:52

  454. Congratulations on the bronze medal Joannie!!
    That was awesome!
    You are one special lady
    My thoughts are with you, as well as all of Canada at this difficult time.
    Keep smiling

    Rodger

    Comment by RODGER MOWAT — 26 February 2010 @ 00:52

  455. Dear Joannie – the love you felt in the stadium when you skated your short and long programmes is also present throughout Canada. You had many of us crying as you won bronze – we are so very proud of what you have achieved at this time of great sorrow.
    Sincere condolences to you and your Dad and the rest of your family.

    “A special life brings precious memories – and those memories will live forever.”

    Comment by Patricia B — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  456. Congratulations on the bronze medal!!! You truly are such an inspiration to people around the world who are also experiencing hard times. I’m so proud of you and will keep you in my prayers. God Bless!

    Comment by Corina Warkentin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  457. dear joannie.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRONZE MEDAL…just to win a medal during this difficult time shows how strong you are and what an inspiration you are to everyone not only in Canada, but around the world. to all the young girls who aspire to be just as strong as you, as a person and an olympic champion..my heart and prayers go out to you. Just finished watching you win the bronze medal here in Toronto made me proud!!!
    lots of love,
    Telma.

    Comment by Telma — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  458. Dearest Joannie,

    First of all, Congratulation on your winning of the BRONZE Medal, under an extreme difficult situation you are in. Secondly, You know that you have the HEART of each and everyone in Canada for the lost of your lovely mother. You have the whole country behind you with all the support in your future. We all love you. Chin up because that is what your Mom would want from you and be proud of yourself. She is with you whereever you are. You will never be alone…. Well, except when you do your personal things …. (trying to put a smile on you).

    2014, GOLD Medal – Joannie Rochette !!!

    Comment by Alphonse Nguyen — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  459. Joannie,

    First, warmest congrats on a wonderful performance and your bronze medal! You are truly an inspirational and courageous person! My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time! Your mom is so proud of you! It showed very apparently in you programs! You have done what many others, including myself, would never have been able to do. Not only did you do go out there and do it, you came out a winner too!! I do not know you, but sweetheart, I and millions of others around the world, are so proud of you! Having understand the range of emotions you are experiencing having lost my brother, a fireman in NYC, to the events of Sept 11th (and I am not comparing the losses) you did a remarkable job!! I sincerely wish you all the very best! I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Jim

    Comment by Jim White NYC, NY — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  460. Dearest Joannie, I feel so sorry for your loss, and my heart goes to you, your father and your family. You are the bravest young woman I have ever seen in my life, and I thank you so much for inspiring the whole country!
    Lots of Love, Angels and Light.

    Comment by Mihaela — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  461. So happy to see you won bronze. Even thou you didnt win gold you will be the one they remember from this olympics for being so strong.Canada is VERY proud.

    Comment by Corey Smith — 26 February 2010 @ 00:53

  462. CONGRATULATIONS on your Olympic Medal!!!! You are the strongest woman I have ever watched, you are a wonderful role model for the young girls in this country!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS once again!!

    Comment by Lisa Thiessen — 26 February 2010 @ 00:54

  463. No matter what I do in my life, or with my life, I will never do what you accomplished tonight. You are beautiful and I will remember it forever.

    you are my hero

    Comment by Dustin — 26 February 2010 @ 00:55

  464. Congratulations on ur bronze medal, u were amazing! As far as i’m concerned u r the olympic champion just for being so brave. You are a Canadian hero who has given many people hope, and shown us all that even in exdtremely difficult times in our lives amazing things do happen! God Bless you and ur family

    Comment by Kim Malin, Redvers, SK — 26 February 2010 @ 00:55

  465. Dear Joannie,
    We as Canadians are so proud of you after tonight. You are a true champion. Our hearts are with you in your sorrow over the loss of your mother. She would be so proud. The last few days have been truly inspirational and we wish you peace and success in the future.

    Comment by Gloria M — 26 February 2010 @ 00:55

  466. Congratulations on you’re bronze medal performance tonight Joannie and most of all on the courage you had to do it in such hard times. Sending you my sincere condolences and wishing you the best in the future.

    Comment by Jason — 26 February 2010 @ 00:55

  467. You are an inspiration to the entire world for your courage and strength. You made us all proud beyond words!

    Comment by Shannon — 26 February 2010 @ 00:56

  468. My dearest Joannie,
    Congratulations on your amazing performance. Your strength and courage was unbelievable .You made us feel like proud Canadians. May God Bless you always and my your mom be your Guardian Angel in every step of your way. Take care and be strong. Lidia(Ontario)

    Comment by Lidia D'Amico — 26 February 2010 @ 00:56

  469. Felicitation sur ta medailles de bronze!!! Je t’encouragait ici a Ottawa et tu etait vraiment bonne!!!

    Je voulais aussi te donner mes sincères condoléances pour la perte de ta mère.Je sais comment c’est dure de perdre quelqu’un que tu aime.

    Bonne chance dans autres competition!! Je vais toujours t’encourager!!

    Comment by Marie-Eve — 26 February 2010 @ 00:57

  470. Joannie,

    Congratulations earning your Olympic medal. You’ve put on a truly remarkably courageous and excellent performance. I admire your strength and congratulations again, just excellent. A great moment to remember. Very proud of you.

    Comment by Sean — 26 February 2010 @ 00:57

  471. Dear Joannie

    You were in my families hearts during your skate. We are so sorry for your loss and our hearts go out to you and your family. Congratulations on your Bronze medal. You were awesome.

    Comment by Kelly Desnomie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:58

  472. Congratulations on your bronze medal win! You are an such an inspiration! Your mom is watching and is very proud! I will continue to pray for you and your family during this difficult time!

    Comment by Edie — 26 February 2010 @ 00:58

  473. Dear Joannie,
    I don’t know that I can say anything that has not been said. You are in my prayers as well as the rest of your family. I truly believe that your mom was standing on streets of gold and was smiling upon her daughter’s display of courage and grace, oh, what courage and grace! Please Joannie, always BELIEVE.

    Comment by Stephen — 26 February 2010 @ 00:58

  474. First of all, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom. My prayers are with you and your dad and your extended family. It is so very difficult to lose ones mom but to go on and perform as you did is truly amazing.
    Congrats on your bronze medal! All of Canada is so very proud of you. May God grant you peace and comfort in the coming difficult days.
    God Bless!

    Comment by Terry — 26 February 2010 @ 00:59

  475. Congratulations and condolences, Joannie. You are the epitomy of grace and bravery, strength and vulnerability. You are an inspiration to all of us and make me proud to be a Canadian. Enjoy this moment as a bronze medalist, you have earned it, and know how proud your mother would be.

    Comment by Eva Bouchard — 26 February 2010 @ 00:59

  476. HI,I wish you the best you are my bigest idol congradulations on your olympic medol.My best wishes go to you and your family!You Rock you are MY Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1Lindsay,Vancouver Canada

    Comment by Lindsay — 26 February 2010 @ 00:59

  477. Joannie:

    You have touched all of us with your courage and brilliant performance under such difficult circumstances. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Comment by David Powell — 26 February 2010 @ 01:00

  478. Done in True Canadian fashion. Deal with the team first then look after your own grieving. Congratulations on a job well done. You had a nation pulling for you now you have a nation praying for you and your family.

    Your work is done. Look after your Dad and your family. Your Mom will continue to look after you like she always has.

    God bless!

    Comment by Gilles — 26 February 2010 @ 01:00

  479. Dear Joannie,
    I have followed your skating career for a long time and have always loved to watch you. Your performance tonight was beautiful. You are an amazing young woman to be able to skate after the loss of your mother. How proud we all are of you. The medal is like icing on the cake! Your skate alone was so worth it!!
    Love from an Ontario fan,
    Carol B.

    Comment by Carol Baxter — 26 February 2010 @ 01:00

  480. Dear Joannie,

    Congratulations for the Bronze medal.

    In this hard time for you and your family I would like to offer my deepest sympathy in your loss of your mother, the world is a poorer place now, without her. There is nothing to say or write to lessen your unhappiness except that I am sure she herself would not want you to grieve.

    Please accept my true condolences.

    Arpi from Romania

    Comment by Arpi — 26 February 2010 @ 01:01

  481. O M Goodness Joannie ~ Bravo, C’etait Vraiment Magnifique !!!
    I believe that this entire planet was behind you tonight my dear, even those countries that were in medal contention; everyone hoped to see you on that podium – having shown the world what a real champion you are, especially throughout this difficult time. You’ve definitely won my heart, along with millions of others, as you were able to step up and put down an truly excellent performance at such a crucial time and under such great pressure. I could go on and on. And on and on. I am in love with Joannie Rochette !! Tonight’s beautiful Bronze Medal is and always will be as good as any Gold in my book, and I know everyone will agree with me. You have shown enormous strength and courage, and you are an inspiration for the whole world. I look forward to seeing and hearing more from and about you as time goes on. I send to you and your family my sincere condolences, and nothing but best and warmest wishes for a long future of great health, wonderful success, and true happiness…
    Love,
    Mike
    oxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    Comment by Michael A. Ricci — 26 February 2010 @ 01:02

  482. You are the best representation of an Olympian champion!

    Comment by Ivette Pena — 26 February 2010 @ 01:04

  483. Bonjour Joannie,

    You are truly an inspiration to us all!
    A remarkable soul that we should all aspire to be!
    Thank you for showing us what love is!

    Comment by Ryan — 26 February 2010 @ 01:04

  484. Congratulations from Toronto Joannie! You are so strong. Amazing performance tonight! We love you!

    Comment by vee — 26 February 2010 @ 01:04

  485. Congratulations on your bronze! You are an inspiration to us all for your courage. All of Canada is so proud of you! Your mom would be so proud!

    I lost my mom when she was 54 so I know how hard it was for you at this time.

    I join with all Canadians in wishing you well!

    Comment by Linds — 26 February 2010 @ 01:05

  486. Congratulations on winning your Bronze medal! You skated like a true champion, you deserve it! Be strong and be well. Canada LOVES you!

    Stephanie <3

    Comment by Stephanie Convery — 26 February 2010 @ 01:05

  487. I would like to congratulate you for the courage and strength you’ve shown during this time. I am a mother, and I can say that all mothers, as well as your own are proud of you. Take care and remember the good memories. This will always keep your family close and love in your heart.

    Comment by Rachel — 26 February 2010 @ 01:06

  488. From Calgary I send you heartfelt congratulations. You have shown grace and strength in your time of sorrow.

    Comment by Deirdre Britton — 26 February 2010 @ 01:06

  489. You will ALWAYS be remembered as the woman who inspired the world to think twice the next time they want to give up.

    I know I will.

    I feel such love in my heart for you. I wish that i could extend my arms to you, Joannie. I broke down like a little girl after your performances, and I havent done that in a long time.

    Love always, xo

    Comment by Brittany C — 26 February 2010 @ 01:06

  490. Joannie,

    Congratulation for your performances. These were possible thanks to the strength that you have built during your entire life through skating and through the support and love of your wonderful mother. Surely she was looking at you she was extremely proud of the wonderful woman you became. Tonight you won much more than a bronze medal; your courage will inspire so many people. It will bring hope and brightness to people that are facing difficult moments. Thank you for all you gave us with such a terrible pain in your heart. You are really special.

    Comment by Giuliana — 26 February 2010 @ 01:07

  491. Dear Joannie , First of all I am very sorry with the lost of your mother .
    I am from Belgium and lost my father a few weeks ago and I now how you must feel . I also would like to say a big big congratulation winning at the olympic games . You are to best . Be strong you are not along and your mother will always be there , I also lost my mother .

    Keep well and take care

    Best regards
    Paul

    Comment by Paul Smekens — 26 February 2010 @ 01:07

  492. You are Canada’s favourite girl, your skate tonight earning you the Bronze Medal was “GOLDEN” in my heart! What you did tonight was very courageous, and at this most difficult time in your life. You are truly and inspiration to all of Canada. Your inner strength, poise and beauty are a wonderful reflection on your Mom and what she has instilled in your life, and she is so PROUD of you as we all are. She is now your Guardian Angel watching over you and guiding you. Be strong.
    God Bless you and your Dad
    Sincere sympathies,
    Debbie

    Comment by Debbie — 26 February 2010 @ 01:07

  493. Joannie you are a Canadian hero and an inspiration for the world! You are so brave and talented and I am so proud of you winning your Olympic Bronze!! You certainly earned a gold in the hearts of us all! But medals are not what’s important. You have accomplished an amazing feat, and we are all in awe of how gracious and professional you have been. You are beautiful and incredible and I wish you all the best in your shining future!! Congratulations!!!

    Comment by Dallas Bacon — 26 February 2010 @ 01:08

  494. PleaseI hope that you please read this, I am not an athlete nor an olmypic athlete, I could not breath when watching your courage, I lost my husband the love if my life suddenly in his sleep one night when I was nine months pregenant almost five years ago, I just turned 30,he died due to natural causes, sometimes young people just leave us for no reason is what the coroner said. I am sure you are asking the same questions with your Mom. When you skated the skate of your life today you gave me hope, my husband passed away five years ago and my son Jackson is Four now I have done my husband proud to live our dream and open our business we have now been open for three yeas ago last month, and I feel like I have made my husband proud like you your Mom. I would love the opportunity to talk to you once you have had some time. Please call Sarah 250 819-6467, the hospital social workers always said to me ther are not may people that are as young that have experienced this type of loss. But this loss is what will make us more humane and stronger. I really hope you contact me theriaultcrad@hotmail.com I do not care if it is two years or five years from now I would love to talk to you about your Mom and my Husband and what they meant in our lives. This letter I wrote you today helped me alot and in May it will be five years since I lost my Best Friend, so just thank you for listening, I hope in time yo can write the same letter to someone else.

    Comment by sarah craddock — 26 February 2010 @ 01:09

  495. Also i wrote a comment before but thank you for everything, your mother is watching you. I know a wonderful story about heaven! Its called the rainbow bridge! So, If you have had a pet die it will go to the field surrounding the rainbow bridge. this field is beautiful , grassy and covered in daisies right smack dab in the middle is The Rainbow Bridge once you go to heaven your dead pets will come racing towards you and start licking you all over your pets will lead the way across the rainbow bridge with you walking behind them. When you arrive at the gates of Heaven you will go to a special room to celebrate with them! If you have had any dead pets this will have happend with your wonderful, supportive mother! Your my best role model as you will have read on my other comment!

    Comment by Angela Ibbott — 26 February 2010 @ 01:11

  496. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. My prayers are with you and your family. You were so courageous in sticking it out. I’m so glad for you that you won that medal… congratulations! Your skating was amazing and so beautiful. God bless!

    Comment by Elizabeth — 26 February 2010 @ 01:12

  497. Congratulations On getting the Bronze Tonight My Friend
    I was praying for you and stay close to God ok!
    Remember me as your bus driver in the summer when you all were there
    in Vancouver for pre Olympics and Tonight You did it for You Your Mom and Canada God Bless !! Grant

    Comment by Grant Duserhoft — 26 February 2010 @ 01:12

  498. May God’s peace be with you. Your mother is proud of what you accomplished!

    Take Care,
    DR

    Comment by DR — 26 February 2010 @ 01:12

  499. Way to go girl! Your courage and strength is unheard of. Winning for yourself 1st, then your mom and family and friends and country are as proud of you as anyone could ever be. We are very humbled. You have done the World a great honour. Our hearts are with you and your family. Your mother is so proud of you. Merv & Marion

    Comment by Merv & Marion — 26 February 2010 @ 01:12

  500. “Champion” can be defined as a warrior or fighter. You have proven that you are just that. Bronze in the books, but golden in our hearts…you are truly our nation’s champion. Congratulations on your outstanding performance, and my deepest condolences for your tragic loss. :)

    Comment by Holly — 26 February 2010 @ 01:13

  501. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on your inspired and beautiful performance tonight! We watched in awe and were cheering you on. Thank you for sharing your courage and your talent; you have lifted our hearts, and all of Canada’s–and touched people around the world in a way that defies description. May God bless you and your dad and your family in a special way at this time. I’ll always remember this night, and your incredible short routine as well–Thank You! xo

    Comment by Mark Behrens — 26 February 2010 @ 01:13

  502. Hi Joannie Congratuations on the Bronze medal.You are a beautiful skater.
    I can relate to losing a parent.My father passed away in Dec 2001 due to a heart attack-2 days b4 his grand daughter was born.In time it does get easier.Remember the good times and memories you have of your mom. She would have been proud of you for having the courage to carry on with your dream of winning an olympic medal.You have made Canada proud to be a part of your dream.Once again Congratulations on your medal.God Bless & take care…. Les Milburn-Toronto Ontario Canada

    Comment by Les Milburn — 26 February 2010 @ 01:13

  503. Dear Joannie,
    I’m not from Canada — in fact, in Pensacola, Florida, I’m about as far from Canada as one can get — but for the past several days, including, especially, tonight, I temporarily became “Canadian”! I was so proud of you, happy for you and your family, sharing in sympathy over the passing of your mother, admiring your strength and talent, embracing you and your family from afar, during this time of so many emotions, both high and low, exhilarating and grieving. You are in my thoughts and prayers. YOU made these Winter Olympics special and memorable!

    Comment by Rick Gill — 26 February 2010 @ 01:15

  504. Dear Joannie,

    I was rooting for you all the way. Bravo for you, Joannie, BRONZE! You have inspired many with your strength. We, your fellow Canadians are deeply proud of your grace and courage. Your mother will live on in you. Je vous souhaite pleine de bonheur dans le futur.

    Comment by Lynda — 26 February 2010 @ 01:16

  505. Dear Joannie,

    Firstly, congratulations on winning the bronze medal tonight. The strength that you showed throughout this entire program has been inpsiring, and truly remarkable. You are in all of our hearts and minds, and you make us proud. Our deepest condolonces and lots of love,

    Angela and Lori Furfaro and family and friends in Toronto

    Comment by Angela and Lori Furfaro — 26 February 2010 @ 01:16

  506. Il y a 5 ans jour pour jour j’ai perdu ma mere, qui etait le seul parent qu’il me restait. Je comprends tellement comment ca aurait ete facile de toute laisser tombe cette semaine, mais contrairement tu as choisis d’etre courageuse et de devenir une inspiration pour des millions de gens dans le monde. Ta mere est surement tres fiere de sa fille maintenant. Ta medaille sera celle que tous les canadiens se rappeleront pour des generations a venir. Bon courage!!!

    Five years ago almost the same day I lost my mom which was the last parent I had left. I understand so much how easy it would have been to give up this week but you choosed to be courageous et become an inspiration for million of peoples in the world. Your mom must be so proud of her daughter right now. Your medal will be the one Canadians will remember for generations. Keep being courageous!!!

    Gilbert from Vancouver

    Comment by Gilbert Cantin — 26 February 2010 @ 01:17

  507. Bravo Joannie pour ta medaille de bronze !! J’ai eu des frissons dans le dos tout au long de ta performance !!
    Tu es une patineuse d’ une grace rare, excessivement belle, et c’ est un plaisir constant que de suivre ta carriere !!
    Il y a longtemps qu’ une personne n’ avait pas souleve tout le canada comme tu l’ as fait cette semaine… cela nous fais vraiment du bien

    Comment by Andre Hamel — 26 February 2010 @ 01:18

  508. Congratulations, Joannie! You are truly an amazing and strong person. I have such an admiration for you. Your mother will always be with you and will always be proud of you. God bless.

    Susan P

    Comment by Susan P — 26 February 2010 @ 01:19

  509. Congratulations Joannie and my condolences to you and your family. You’ve made us proud and you are a champion amongst champions.

    Bon courage et merci pour ta persévérance. xoxo

    Symon
    Montréal

    Comment by Symon — 26 February 2010 @ 01:19

  510. Joannie, please accept my sincerest sympathy for your mom. I am proud to have you win the bronze and am glad to be a neighbor (USA). You have not only won a medal, you have won our hearts.

    Comment by Ted — 26 February 2010 @ 01:19

  511. I just lost my mother and watching your strength and courage is inspiring. You had the world behind you tonight and you rose to the occasion and you made an angel proud. Congratulations and my thoughts are with you and your family as you continue on this journey. God Bless You

    Comment by mary t — 26 February 2010 @ 01:19

  512. Joannie,

    Watching your performances this week has been both heartbreaking and heart-warming; your courage and vulnerability bringing tears of sadness and amazement. You are a brave soul, and I know that your mother was with you every moment.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother, and congratulations to you Joannie on the most inspiring of skating performances and the winning of the Bronze medal for Canada!

    With admiration from your neighbor in the USA!

    Comment by Scott — 26 February 2010 @ 01:20

  513. Dear Joannie,

    You are an absolute inspiration. Congratulations on your Olympic medal. =)
    I am not even a Canadian citizen (only a permanent resident) and you make me proud to be a Canadian PR.

    GBU

    Comment by Angela — 26 February 2010 @ 01:21

  514. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on your medal! Thank you so much for having the courage to perform. I truly enjoyed watching you. You are such an inspiration. Everytime I saw how strong you were, tears formed in my eyes. I can only hope that I am as strong as you in the face of adversary. Though I am not Canadian, I was rooting for you to win a medal. You totally deserved. Keep up the great work and stay strong.

    Comment by Young Asian One — 26 February 2010 @ 01:21

  515. We are all sending you our love Joannie!! You are gorgeous and your skating was flawless- your mother would be so proud. Your performance was inspiring, and as I sat here on the anniversary of losing my family member- I was so moved by your transcendent strength. Things will get better and I hope you are feeling love from around the world coming your way.

    Comment by AFT — 26 February 2010 @ 01:21

  516. i am so foruntate i got the opportunity to witness a mircle…u not only did canada good but u did so for yourself and family….sorry about the tradegy u had to indure..but u did good girl…..all of Canada proud of u….many…many tears across canada when u got bronze….Canada loves u girl….a dream to come true….we are so proud of u….i doenst matter gold silver bronze or 4th or five u are in our hearts u insipred us Canadians..i knew u can do it….even with all that adversity…..congrats on the bronze joanne u skated awesome u made alot of ppl proud and cry..we were with u from the heart……well DONE

    Comment by dujo cirko — 26 February 2010 @ 01:22

  517. You are so inspiring. I just lost my mum a month ago and didn’t want to dance anymore. Your strength to still be able to compete is amazing. I know your mum is so proud of you right now. Losing mine was the worst thing that has ever happened to me but you inspired me to never give up. Thank you.

    Comment by Nicole — 26 February 2010 @ 01:23

  518. Joannie,
    I lost my father a few weeks ago to cancer. At least we had the opportunity, as you did not, to have a long good-bye.

    But I just wanted to say that I am so very very proud of you. I will never ever forget your courage and in my mind, you are one of the most special Olympians who has ever competed. Thank you for your inspiration. I will never forget you, Joannie!

    Steve Betz

    Comment by Steve Betz — 26 February 2010 @ 01:23

  519. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on winning a Bronze medal!!!! You are a very courageous young woman. I just know that your mother was the Angel on your shoulder during both of your skates this week.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your father during this most difficult time.
    May your Dear Mother Rest in Peace

    Comment by Maureen Schuler, Edmonton, Alberta — 26 February 2010 @ 01:23

  520. Your performance tonight made me so proud, and for a long moment watching you I was taken away from reality… you are such a beautiful woman, and a huge inspiration. I wish you the best of luck in the future, and know you never go through anything alone.Vous êtes très belle, Félicitations ! You make Canada very proud

    Comment by Kelly-Ann — 26 February 2010 @ 01:23

  521. Congratulations on getting your Bronze! You did a wonderful job despite losing someone as wonderful as your mother.

    I know how you feel right now…I recently lost my mother in July of 2008 (due to complications relating to her kidney transplant).

    I imagine she is looking down from heaven jumping for joy right now.

    Congrats again on your win!

    Comment by Liz Peters — 26 February 2010 @ 01:23

  522. Joannie,
    Well done tonight, myself as well as all of Canada are very proud of you. Under such difficult circumstances, you persevered and performed a wonderful skate. Congratulations on your olympic bronze, you certainly deserve it!

    Comment by Brian Culliton — 26 February 2010 @ 01:24

  523. Joannie, I just wanted to tell you how truly inspired I am of you! Not a lot of people would be able to do what you did, congratulations on your Olympic medal :). I am oh so proud of you! You are a true role model to me.. keep up the good work :)
    a biggggg fann.
    xox

    Comment by Chelsea Barrett — 26 February 2010 @ 01:24

  524. You are a true hero. Canada is so proud of you!! Thank you Joannie, you are an inspiration. You do not stand alone. There are 35 million people standing with you.

    Comment by Costa Moshopoulos — 26 February 2010 @ 01:24

  525. Joannie:

    Congratulations on your medal. Your skate tonight made our nation very proud of your display of inner strength, and talent.

    Canada and the world loves you!

    Comment by Barry — 26 February 2010 @ 01:25

  526. Joannie, you are such an inspiration and beautiful person. You are a beautiful skater and so strong. You truly are my hero for the strength you have. My father figure died in 2006 and I didn’t even come close to having your strength. You made your nation proud and are a true hero. May God bless you and continue to make you strong. My heart is with you in your difficult moment.

    Love, Anita
    ~Santa Fe, New Mexico~

    Comment by Anita — 26 February 2010 @ 01:25

  527. Cher Joannie,

    d’abord permettez-moi de vous dire comment impressionné avec vous, je le suis. Je suis également très fier de vous. Votre force et le courage qui me stupéfient. Je sens une grande compassion à votre perte. Récemment, j’ai perdu mon père à une crise cardiaque aussi. En outre, je devais sortir et d’effectuer dans la foulée de sa mort et je l’ai fait ça pour lui. Il a été très, très dur mais je l’ai fait et je l’ai dit a joué le meilleur jamais. (Je joue du violon.)

    J’ai aimé vos programmes, je pense que vous méritez tout succès dans l’avenir.

    Je prie pour vous et que vous désirez, votre père et la mère de tous les meilleurs.

    Felicitations pour le medaillle!

    God bless, Jan

    Comment by Jan Earnest — 26 February 2010 @ 01:25

  528. Joannie you did great today, you won a bronze medal! Thats so awesome, i know this is a difficult time for you but im sure she would be pround to raise such a fine daughter

    go get’em joannie!do your best and you’ll succeed!

    From:Ariana

    Comment by Ariana — 26 February 2010 @ 01:25

  529. God bless you, your mom, and your family. Incredible grace and courage from a lovely young lady. You touched our hearts and you taught us what true love is. Thank you and may God keep you all safe and well.

    Comment by Gary — 26 February 2010 @ 01:26

  530. Joannie, Congratulations on your fine courageous performances and your well-deserved bronze medal! You have made us all so proud to be Canadian!!

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I also lost my mother unexpectedly to a sudden illness 2 years ago and I miss her and think about her every day of my life, so I really feel your pain. My wish is that your memories of your mother and the knowledge that she is still with you in spirit will continue to give you the strength to go on.

    Comment by Lucy — 26 February 2010 @ 01:28

  531. It’s 10.23 here in LA and I was in bed but had to get up and see the results. I am so very, very happy for you and so very sad at the same time.

    You have shown the world what a wonderful person you are. You are a strong and you have taken your mother’s love and spirit with you to go on.

    While we all put our arms around you and your family at your time of loss, we also put our arms around you and thank you.

    Thank you for showing your courage and love for your mom and going out and skating your heart out.

    I don’t know you and proabably our paths will never cross, but my heart is with you and I am so happy for you winning the bronze.

    My the love of your mother shine warm in your heart.

    Merci Joannie.

    Comment by Ronny from Los Angeles — 26 February 2010 @ 01:28

  532. Joannie, congratulations on your Olympic performance and bronze medal. My father was born in Paris, Ontario so I have a lot of room in my heart for Canada although I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American. You didn’t just win the bronze medal; you earned our hearts and respect. May God bless you and your father at this time. Although your mother is not alive to see you in the Olympics, she was with you and may have had the best place from which to watch over you. You are a strong person and I’m most certain that not only are many in the world proud of you for your courage but also for having the strength to skate for yourself and your mother. God Bless.

    Comment by Robert Joseph Forgues — 26 February 2010 @ 01:28

  533. Joannie,
    My heart is with you during this most difficult time. Your beautiful, courageous performances are an inspiration to me. May you and your Dad feel the support of the many people around the world who hold you in their thoughts.

    Comment by Deb Floyd — 26 February 2010 @ 01:28

  534. Our condolences go out to you and your family during this most difficult time.
    You have shown the most amazing strength and courage during one of the hardest times of your life. Your Mom would be very proud of you.
    Congratulations on your amazing skate during the Olympics and bringing home the Bronze for Canada.
    Wish you well on the road ahead.

    Comment by Audrey — 26 February 2010 @ 01:28

  535. Well you’ll probably never see this because if I were you, reading these comments would be just too difficult. I too have lost a parent very, very suddenly and your story has brought back some very painful memories.

    Back in 86 I lost my brother very suddenly and less than 2 years later, my dad passed away very suddenly also. Each loss was heartbreaking and my world collapsed both times. I never thought the pain would end or even get easier. It was just too painful and sad.

    But now I have the benefit of hindsight and I can assure you, the pain does grow less and life does become easy again….and even fun. It’s OK to laugh when you want to laugh and cry when you want to cry…..just be good to yourself and be patient with your heart as it heals.

    Your skating brought me to tears and reminded me how precious life is. I’m soo happy that you won the bronze….CONGRATS!! You’re an inspiration and I’m now a HUGE fan. I would really like to just give you a big ole hug and assure you that everything will be OK. Yeah, it stinks that our loved ones have to pass away but please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

    Life will go on again, the sun will shine again and you will laugh again. Until then please know that there are many people whom you have touched and that wish you all the best!! If you ever find yourself in Oklahoma, I hope I’ll be able to watch you skate and perhaps even meet you sometime.

    God Bless,
    John

    Comment by John — 26 February 2010 @ 01:29

  536. I don’t watch figure skating, but your story caught my eye, and I followed your performances very closely. 2 years ago I lost 4 of my friends in a car accident and chose to play in a big football game for my school 5 days later. It was terribly difficult for me to concentrate and play, so I can appreciate the incredible performance you gave on the ice tonight. You have made Canada proud and I think all athletes around the country can draw off your courage. You’re bravery is an inspiration and was my highlight to the olympic games. Congratulations!

    Comment by Brett — 26 February 2010 @ 01:29

  537. Dear Joannie, I have kept very close attention to your performance and any news about you. I admire your attitude and spirit. You are such an inspiration. Everyone is pround of you! You are always the #1 in our heart. Please stay strong!
    P.S. Your mom will always be with you.

    Your admirer,

    Yi and Carl

    Comment by Yee — 26 February 2010 @ 01:29

  538. Congratulations on Olympic medal…well deserved. You are a role model to upcoming young ladies for you courage and strength. xoxo

    Comment by Gina in Labrador — 26 February 2010 @ 01:29

  539. Joannie,

    Congratulations on your first olympic medal! You have been, and will continue to be a huge inspiration to me and your entire country.

    You are an amazing skater, and you have strength and courage that I could only dare dream of posessing. Thank you for giving everyone hope that has gone through times like yours.

    I am sure I can say that you have an entire country who is praying for you right now, and I hope that gives you strength to move through this time in your life.

    Thank you! <3

    Comment by sarah — 26 February 2010 @ 01:30

  540. Joannie,
    I thoroughly enjoy the Olympics but rarely watching figure skating. And this time around, I only watched it to follow Kim YuNa, mostly because I am Korean-American.
    But watching you these last few days has truly been a blessing. You have shown so much class, inspiration, courage and perseverance for the entire world to see. You truly are an inspiration and the epitome of the world OLYMPIAN.
    I started the Olympics a fan of Kim YuNa, I leave it truly your fan. You won gold in my eyes, mind and heart.

    Thank you for showing us the human spirit.

    Comment by Mark Lee — 26 February 2010 @ 01:32

  541. Joannie ,

    ton courage est remarquable. Toute mes sympaties a toi , ton pere et ton entourage. Bravo , bravo, bravo, bravo pour ta medaille (que selon moi est en OR.)

    Comment by Victoria — 26 February 2010 @ 01:35

  542. Bravo!!!!!
    From Puerto Rico. I cried after your performance tonight. I cried with joy and admiration. My wife had to get my heart medication. You were absolutely magnificent! Your mother must be proud of you. To me you are gold, nothing wrong with bronze, you had increadible competition, but to me you will always be gold. Again, bravo from an old man (92y/o) who is very happy to have stayed up to enjoy your performance tonight.

    Comment by Jose Colon — 26 February 2010 @ 01:35

  543. Dear Joannie,

    From the deepest place in my heart, I wish you the biggest congratulations. You did it!

    I am also a student and I often stare out my classroom window and dream of making a positive difference in this world. Through your passion and courage- you have done just that. Words cannot describe the pain that you are going through but please know, there are millions around the world who are sending you continual courage and strength – today, tomorrow and for many days after. During this time of grief, know that your mom is in a place of peace. I hope that you can now go home to the family and friends who love you so dearly and take the time to find the quiet and support you all need. I am truly, so very very sorry for your loss. Trust in time to heal some of the sadness.

    You are a true inspiration. Amazing. Take care of you through this hardship. Thank you for following your dreams! A true hero you are to so many of us.

    With kindess and respect, I wish you a gentle time.

    Comment by HJ — 26 February 2010 @ 01:36

  544. Congratulations Joannie! The world looked on with great pride and compassion as you skated on to the Bronze medal tonight! Your Mom & Dad together raised a true athlete who has become the best she can be. Sending out a hug from the prairies to you & your family!

    Comment by Marie from Saskatchewan — 26 February 2010 @ 01:36

  545. Joannie,

    I lost my Dad very suddenly when I was 18 years old. It was in the middle of a semester of university and I had to go right back to work. I want to tell you that I think you are so brave, beautiful and strong. You need to know that you’re an inspiration of strength to all young people who have lost a parent so suddenly. I’m sending you all of my good thoughts and strength during this time. Stay close to your dad and your family and don’t be afraid to utilize your support system. It is totally okay to do that. Congratulations on your Bronze medal, you beautiful skater!
    -Suzanne

    Comment by Suzanne — 26 February 2010 @ 01:36

  546. I am so glad I was able to see you perform. You are an inspiration to all. It is true, you have touched all of our hearts with your courageous performance. I am an American, but I was cheering for you. You are a tribute to your country. I know nothing can replace your mother, but I hope you can feel comfort in knowing that many of us are with you in spirit and are praying for you. Congratulations. You are a true champion.

    Comment by Derek Cade — 26 February 2010 @ 01:36

  547. Dear Joannie,

    I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. I can’t imagine what it must be like to suddenly lose a beloved parent, particularly under the stress of participating in the Olympic Games. Your Bronze Medal is an extraordinary achievement and a wonderful tribute to your most ardent fan.

    Your performance in both your short and long programs epitomized the very best human qualities that sports can bring out. Not only was your skating dazzling and captivating, but your courage and character were truly inspiring, transcending the realm of sport. Some people say that athletes should not be role models. I think that is true in most cases. But I can think of no better example for any young person, whatever their aspirations, than the determination, focus and dedication you showed in your figure skating competition.

    I truly wish you much success and happiness in life, whatever you may do. You have touched the hearts of millions of people around the world, and you’ve made us feel uplifted by your success. We are all proud of you, and I’m sure that your mother would be proudest of all.

    My very best regards,

    Stanton Wormley, Jr.

    Comment by Stanton — 26 February 2010 @ 01:36

  548. Hello Joannie Rochette!
    I just wanted to say you did absolutely fantastic out on the ice today! Me and my mom were cheering you on, we couldn’t stop crying when you won bronze medal! We wish you all the best in this difficult time in your life. Our hearts, our prayers and our best wishes go out to you and your family! You are such an inspiration to me. I’m am turning 20yrs old on Saturday and after watching you skate with passion, determination and grace! You really just inspired me to keep going and to never make anything an excuse to stop doing what I love and from trying my best to achieve whatever goal I set in front of myself and never let a great opportunity pass me by. It may have been VERY difficult for you in this time to possibly keep going at the Olympics, your mother must have been a very important part of your life and your career but you most definitely honored her by continuing in the Olympics and not giving up! You are a very strong young woman and I am so glad you are Canadian lol, I wish you ALL the best!!! of the best Joannie! We love you soo much!! We are all very proud of you! you are WONDERFUL JOANNIE!!! =) XOXOXOXO <3 <3 <3 don't ever give up on skating! Keep your mothers memory and spirit alive forever by doing what you love! She loves you so much! and she's rooting for you! God bless you Joannie!! May God's love, warmth, protection and comfort be upon you and your family helping you cope and get through this difficult time. =)
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:25-30

    Comment by Veronica Morales — 26 February 2010 @ 01:37

  549. Joannie I’m so proud of you. As a young girl I loved figure skating and wished I could do it, but I didn’t have the physical body for it. Nowadays I have Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue.
    I’m so sorry that you had to go through such personal tragedy right at this most important moment in your life – but you do know somewhere inside you that your Mom’s spirit was with you all the way and made sure that you got this Bronze Medal – Good for you Joannie I’m so proud of you.
    The Canadian National Fibromyalgia Organization at http://www.fm-cfs.ca has been looking for 5 years now for a famous person, a Canadian, like yourself who would be in thier template of a National TV Commerical they’ve had sitting waiting for that right person.
    Joannie, will you be the one to be in that commercial for the rest of us women, yes FM-ME/CFS hits mainly women aged 20-60yrs right in our formative years and physically debilitates us – please that person for us Joannie and if you’re ever out in BC – the Interior – Okanagan, look me up – I’m Metisangel with the SOFA: South Okanagan FM-ME Assoc. http://www.sofafmme.org

    Comment by Sheryl Ann Wilson — 26 February 2010 @ 01:38

  550. hello joannie! i would like to congratulate you on your amazing achievement today. I’m also very sorry on the loss of your mother. may she live on in you and your families hearts. i hope to see you in the 2014 winter olympics!

    lots of love,
    a big fan,
    austen

    GO CANADA GO!

    Comment by austen — 26 February 2010 @ 01:40

  551. Bonjour Joannie,

    I take my hat off to you. In light of your personal hardship with respect to the sudden and tragic passing of your mother four days ago, you competed in the Olympics and displayed a bottomless courage in doing so. The icing on the cake was the bronze medal, yet even if you had finished last your performance was truly inspiring.

    Comment by Steve DeRyck (http://www.316.com) — 26 February 2010 @ 01:40

  552. Very sorry to hear about your loss.
    My sister and I are big fans and would like to congradulate you on your medal.
    Good luck in future events.
    Calgary, Alberta

    Comment by Jackson Knowles — 26 February 2010 @ 01:42

  553. Joannie, you are an amazing young woman and an inspiration to Canadians. You’ve made me proud, you’ve made me cry, and you’ve made me gasp and cheer for joy! My deepest condolences for your loss. I will never forget your performances this week and I hope that you will continue with your skating career. You have a wonderful future ahead and I wish you all the best!

    Comment by Stephanie — 26 February 2010 @ 01:42

  554. Dear Joannie,
    Great skating! Congratulations on your medal! Sorry for your loss, but your a truly amazingly strong! My prayers are with you. Best wishes and God bless you! =)

    Comment by Victor W — 26 February 2010 @ 01:43

  555. Joannie
    The level of class, strength and determination that you displayed was awe inspiring. I teared up watching you recieve your bronze medal tonight. You are proud, strong, determined and curageous; the definition of an Olympic hero personified. I hope that every time you look at your medal, you feel the love of you mother and that of the whole country. My wish for you is that the memory of your mom, your amazing triumph and the support of the nation keeps you strong through your pain.

    Comment by Chelsa — 26 February 2010 @ 01:46

  556. Dear Joannie,

    We just finished watching the Olympic long program and medals ceremony. You are an amazing young lady and you left your heart on the ice both Tuesday and tonight. You put your all out there, and we admire your heart and determination.

    We rejoice in your victory, and please do not be disappointed with the bronze medal. The other skaters went out there and skated their programs, but you did so much more than that, given your circumstances. You are truly golden, not just to us, not just to your fellow Canadians, but to the entire world. We stood and saluted you and your father when you took the podium. We have watched the Olympics and world figure skating for many years, and this week you compted with the most incredible group of athletes we have ever seen. You should be very proud of your accomplishments and you are a true champion and a hero.

    We do not know if you plan to skate at the Gala on Saturday; if you do skate, you will again be a true inspiration to us, but if you need to be at home, we will understand. We rejoice with your two awesome programs, and we also grieve along with you at your untimely loss.

    We are so glad that your family and coaches encouraged you to skate this week. After preparing all your life for this week, it would have been yet another tragedy if you missed this opportunity. You have inspired us and taught all of us to truly appreciate life and all that our parents teach us. What we have seen in you this week is a true testament to how wonderful your parents are and how great they have done in raising you. This week’s experience also reminds all of us that nothing in life is guaranteed and that sometimes things happen that we will never understand, so we must always be thankful for what we have and always do our best no matter what happens. Both of us have faced the loss of parents, and my mother is now in very bad heatlth.

    Joannie, we have never met you personally (we hope we can some day so we can personally congratulate and embrace you), but you have a big place in our hearts and our love goes out to you. As you and your father return home, our prayers are with you for comfort and strength to face the difficult days to come. When life brings things you can’t understand, turn to God and pray for grace, and let God bring you strengh and love.

    You will remain in our thoughts and prayers. May God continue to give you and your father His warm love.

    With our Love,

    David and Maggie Levi
    Maryland, USA

    Comment by David and Maggie Levi — 26 February 2010 @ 01:46

  557. Dear Rochette,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family, and congratulations on your Olympic bronze medal. This must have been such an overwhelming journey for you, and many of us are thinking of you, more than you can imagine.
    I sincerely hope you will soon be remembering only the beautiful memories you had with your mom, and the days are near when you will smile as you think of her. I hope she will keep guiding you throughout your life.

    Comment by Gulin P. — 26 February 2010 @ 01:48

  558. You personify determination and strength, I am blown away by your courage and talent! Congrats and big hugs! xoxoxo

    Comment by Angie Cummings — 26 February 2010 @ 01:49

  559. Joannie, Obviously, in the beginning, I was routing for the USA competitors. Then, I found myself routing for you. Yes, you are a beautiful woman and that always counts with us men (at least us old guys), but I also was pulling for the home team (Canada). Considering the circumstances, I was very concerned as to whether you could, or would, continue. Your mental strength floors me. I would be willing to bet that I am one of the few American old guys that had tears in my eyes when the American girl did a personal best, but came in fourth. You are amazing. Do me a favor, come back in 2014 and show us what you really have. I have a feeling that your mom would have wanted that.
    I want to wish you the best, whatever you decide to do in life, but know that there are many people out here that love you and wish you all the best.
    I might add one comment. Being an old guy that has lost both parents, you still have your dad, spend as much time with him as you can, we only get two, and when they are gone, they are gone.
    Love ya, carry on!
    Greg

    Comment by Greg Morris (Maryland, USA) — 26 February 2010 @ 01:50

  560. CONGRATULATIONS! You made Canada very proud. You are such a brave woman. You displayed such courage going out on that ice… and to win a medal too!! I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother is watching you and is very proud. I hope you can start to heal soon. Lots of love, Michelle.

    Comment by Michelle J — 26 February 2010 @ 01:50

  561. You are truly amazing, and such an inspiration! To become an Olympic medalist under normal circumstances must be difficult, But for you to triumph through your tears & become one is un-imaginable! May you find comfort in this difficult time God Bless You and your father. Kelli

    Comment by Kelli Brown — 26 February 2010 @ 01:55

  562. Big Congratulations Joannie. Even with the huge competition there was tonight, you kept going and had a beautiful skate. You are everyones Hero. Every little girl in Canada who puts on a pair of skates now, will think of you, and your Bronze medal. Canada is very very proud of you.
    Go with your dreams and God Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Phil Juby — 26 February 2010 @ 01:56

  563. You are awesome, I am so proud to me be canadian. Your strength and determination shines through your attempts and success of getting on the podium. It is truly touching that you were able to push through your dificulties and change your attitude. It takes courage to be able to rise to the top of the world, let alone do it with such emotional burdens. You ability to make you weakness your strength is amazing. I hope you find peace and success it the future. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by S Wong — 26 February 2010 @ 01:56

  564. Joannie, what a wonderful mother you had! She, and your father, raised such a loving, strong, courageous daughter! You have made her very proud, and you have made all Canadians so proud. I am also ashamed…how many times have I not done my best, because I didn’t feel well, or some such reason? You have inspired me, and most probably a world of young people who are looking up to you. Losing someone you love is probably the hardest thing we ever experience in this life…yet you have had to deal with it in the public eye…..You have won a medal far more valuable than gold, in my eyes. Thank you Joannie.
    When you leave Vancouver and reality sets in, know that millions of people are sending their love. Take the time to grieve, take some time to be with your father…out of the public eye. You don’t owe Canada a thing. You have in fact given us all a great gift.
    I wish you peace and comfort. Cherish the memories.

    Heather Pye Toronto, Ontario

    Comment by Heather Pye — 26 February 2010 @ 01:56

  565. Congrats on your Bronze Medal. You made all the Canadians, proud to be canadians. With your strength and your heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless, and remember you will always have all the people of Canada on your side. Thank you, so much.

    Comment by Brian — 26 February 2010 @ 01:57

  566. Congrats on a great performance and your Olympic Medal! Thank you for showing all of us Canadians, and many around the world, your courage and heart. All my best.

    Comment by MIke — 26 February 2010 @ 01:58

  567. Dear Joannie

    My heart goes out to you losing your mom and i know she is in heaven Looking down cheering you on when you skated for the bronze medal i Just sat on my couch and cried when you was skating i know You did Not win the gold medal but your a winner to so many people.

    Comment by stephen laker — 26 February 2010 @ 01:58

  568. Congratulations on your Olympic mdtal. We don’t know you, but we are very proud of you. It was with great pride that we watched you on the podium tonight. What an accomplishment! You are a true inspiration!

    Comment by Dave and Dale W. — 26 February 2010 @ 01:58

  569. Dear Joannie;

    I just wanna say first off that I am deeply sorry for you and your family. You are the bravest and strongest Olympian I have ever seen! You are a true inspiration to anyone wanting to achieve thier goals! I am a guy but as a guy I am not ashamed to say I cried with you after both your programs! My heart dropped just to see how brave you are and a great champion! It didn’t matter if you finished first or last because you are a and always will be the sweetheart of Canada with a heart of gold!! I know in my heart your mom was with you all along and always will be in your heart forever! Once again congrats and stay sweet and beautiful forever!

    Comment by Travis skura — 26 February 2010 @ 01:59

  570. Joannie,
    I want to reach out to you and tell you how strong of a person you are to overcome the strongest obstacle of all and accomplish your dreams! You are a true inspiration to me . During this tough time for you and your family, I want you to know you are, and will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Felicitacions! Je suis trop fiere de toi!

    Comment by JC — 26 February 2010 @ 02:01

  571. Congratulations Joannie! The world looked on tonight with great pride and compassion as you courageously skated on to the Bronze medal! Your Mom & Dad certainly raised a true athlete who has now become the very best person she can be – every parents’ wish for their children. All the very best to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Comment by Marie from Saskatchewan — 26 February 2010 @ 02:04

  572. Congratulations Joannie. You performed wonderfully. Our prayers, thoughts and love go out to you. You have a heart of gold.

    Comment by Stanley Sladek — 26 February 2010 @ 02:11

  573. Dear Joannie.
    My sincere sympathy in this heartbreaking and most difficult time.
    You have skated with poise, determination and courage. You make all Canadians proud to have you represent us on the world stage.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    sincerely,
    joanne

    Comment by joanne cottell — 26 February 2010 @ 02:12

  574. I was not a big fan of figuring skating before but I have been watching it like hockey during these olympics. Tuesday was the first time i clapped and yelled while watching figure skating. Today was the first time I clapped, yelled and teared up while watching figure skating.

    Canada is proud of you!!! You have captured not only Canada’s heart but the world’s heart with your strength. Love to you.

    Comment by Gina — 26 February 2010 @ 02:14

  575. Joannie,
    You are an inspiration to everyone who has lost a loved one, yet cannot quit on the rest of life. What a gutsy, inspiring long program to go along with your moving short.

    Your skate, your courage, and the mom who brought you to this point, will be part of Olympic legend forever.

    Your mom lives on in your heart and the hearts of everyone who watched the Olympics. Millions of Americans send you their love.

    Comment by Ruth Grunberg — 26 February 2010 @ 02:15

  576. Congratulations on your win of the bronze medal. However, more important in the days ahead is the obviously emotional skate(s) which you did with and for your mother. Thank you for allowing all of us to share those skates. It was an honor and a privilege to watch. Your courage and your grace under pressure will be one of the most memorable moments of these olympic games.

    I am so sorry for your loss — my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Eileen

    Comment by Eileen Grady — 26 February 2010 @ 02:15

  577. Chere Joannie,

    My heart is with you at this time…I cannot imagine the pain of losing a mother in such circumstances. I was amazed by your grace on the ice tonight when you took the bronze medal. I will always remember you when I think of the 2010 Olympics, and the meaning of une couer du courage!

    My deepest condolences,
    Jasmine Marshall Armstrong

    Comment by Jasmine Armstrong — 26 February 2010 @ 02:15

  578. Congratulations! You are the most courageous person I know – to even have attempted to skate after the sudden loss of your mother, yet alone to win a medal! I am sure that nothing would have made your mother more proud of you. My thoughts are with you, your father, and the rest of your family at this difficult time.

    Comment by Bill Gekoski — 26 February 2010 @ 02:16

  579. Joannie, congratulations on winning a Bronze Medal! You have inspired a nation with your courage and poise. I did not know your mother but I know the kind of woman she was. The kind of mother that is fiercely proud of her daughter and I am proud to say I am a Canadian just like her. I won’t ever forget what happened and I share your grief, just like the other 34 million of us Canadians. I watched your short program with my 6 year old neice and I swear she never blinked once. While tragic the circumstances you have inspired more than you can imagine.
    -Dave from Ontario

    Comment by Dave Henry — 26 February 2010 @ 02:17

  580. Dear Joannie,

    We are so proud of you!! My three daughters, my wife and I have inherited such a huge role model! Please accept our thoughts during this difficult time. We achieved our very long goal of going to the olympics and just returned home in time to see your competitions. Bravo from Northern Canada! Your MoM is So ProuD!! and so is ALL of Canada!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Clark Family — 26 February 2010 @ 02:17

  581. Joannie, I know you will miss your mother so much, but she has to be beaming sitting at the right hand of God. She is where God meant for her to be as painful as it must be for you, she is in her glory. you have brought her incredible joy. She will always be by your side. Connect with God in all you do and you will find her strength and His as well. You are amazing, poised and beautiful. Shine for glory and continue to make your mother and father proud. I lift him up in prayer, but your strength and courage will sustain him too. In his name, Becky, from Utah

    Comment by Becky — 26 February 2010 @ 02:18

  582. Joannie, my heart aches for you in the loss of your dear Maman, but it soars with pride to know that the courage and grace you showed in your performances touched the world. I will never forget this Olympics because your heart and soul were on that ice and everyone knew you were honouring your Mother. She will always watch over you, Sweetie and she was definitely there with you tonight. God bless you and your Dad…..it is still a very hard road to go down. All of Canada is keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. We love you.xoxoxox

    Comment by L. Hale, Calgary — 26 February 2010 @ 02:22

  583. What an accomplishment for you! both my condolances, to you and your family, and congratulations to you during such a turbulent week.

    What a great performance tonight, a joy to watch :)

    Comment by bassplyr98 — 26 February 2010 @ 02:25

  584. Dear Joannie, I am so sorry for your loss. My Mom died a year ago I wear a locket around my neck with her picture in it. Congratulations on winning Bronze. You had me in tears. I will light a candle for you at Church.My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jamie
    Port Alberni

    Comment by Jamie — 26 February 2010 @ 02:25

  585. way da go gurl awesome, woohoo !!!!!! :)

    Comment by Terry Linke — 26 February 2010 @ 02:25

  586. Congratulations to a beautiful young lady! You were absolutely amazing in both of your programs. My sincerest sympathy to you and your Dad.
    Canada is so proud of you and your abilities and strengths! God used you as an inspiration to the world in these days of desperate times.

    Comment by Alvina Derksen, Prince George, BC — 26 February 2010 @ 02:26

  587. Joannie,

    My condolence goes to you and your family. At such a difficult time, you showed the world your courage and determination. Although you have lost someone close, you have gained the support of the entire nation, whether it is on the ice or off the ice. We felt your pain with every stride you took and felt your strength as you skated on. Your performance was truly amazing. Congratulations on your bronze medal and an outstanding performance. Thank you for making us Canadians proud. Your mom is extremely proud of you as well! May god bless you and your father.

    Comment by Henry — 26 February 2010 @ 02:29

  588. Dear Joannie,

    You are an inspiration to everyone! Thank you for sharing your heart and rising to the challenge when things were at their toughest. We all love and admire you for your bravery, your vulnerability, and your indominable spirit.
    You define what an Olympic champion should strive to be!
    And you will remain in our hearts and thoughts long after the flame is extinguished.

    Comment by Mark J — 26 February 2010 @ 02:32

  589. You did great tonight! Congratulations on winning the bronze! The kiss you blew to your mom was wonderful! My best in your future!

    Comment by Eric — 26 February 2010 @ 02:34

  590. Joannie,
    Congratulations on you outstanding peformance tonight…as far as all Canadians are concerned you won Gold tonight!
    I know what its like to lose a parent when you’re 24… I salute you for your strength, dedication and spirit…and thank you for inspiring us all!!!
    James, Tahnee, Aidan and Joaquin (Toronto, ON)

    Comment by James Pereira — 26 February 2010 @ 02:35

  591. Joannie, we were so proud of you. I was praying for you through the entire program. You were just awesome. Your mother would have been so proud of you. We give our sympathy and will be remembering you in our prayers. Please keep up with your skating. Canadians should be so proud of your accomplishment. You are definetely a great athlete.

    Our Sincere Congradulations
    The Rimkeys

    Comment by Jerry & Sharon Rimkey and Anessa — 26 February 2010 @ 02:36

  592. Félicitations on your EXCELLENT and HEROIC Bronze Medal skate!!! Everyone in Canada (and around the world) is so proud of you!! Congratulations to your wonderful coach, Manon Perron, as well.

    Stay strong and may God Bless you and your family!!

    Comment by Jenn and Lee — 26 February 2010 @ 02:38

  593. What a fantastic performance, for you, for the whole sport of skating, for Canada, for Mom. You will go forth from this with your mother’s spirit and the person she was so beautifully wrapped up in you; and you will continue to inspire a nation, a generation; a world. Thank you Joannie for showing us what kind of spirit it really takes to WIN. No medalist at this games deserved this more than you – may you and the whole of Canada relish this shining moment, and may you always be proud of the woman of grace and class that your own mother made you.
    The world is with you Joannie!
    xo

    Comment by Robert — 26 February 2010 @ 02:38

  594. Felicitations, Joannie! Your performances this week were amazing to watch. I was one of millions who cried with your tears of sadness and triumph after your short program and tonight, we were all there with your every jump, turn and movement. Not only was Canada skating with you, but the world. Merci beaucoup for allowing us to be with you on your Olympic journey and unimaginable tragedy. In fact, every time I think of you these past few days, I get tears in my eyes. You are inspiring and genuine. Thank you and God bless you in your grief over the next days, weeks and months. I also lost my mother at a young age and it is a rough road to travel. May you feel your mother’s close presence in your celebrations as well.
    From, A fan in Utah

    Comment by Heidi Brady — 26 February 2010 @ 02:40

  595. Hugs and warmest wishes from Toronto Ms Rochette.

    How are you? Hope you’re well.

    My name is Garrick Estick. I’m 39 years of again. I’m originally from London, ON and now residing in Toronto. I am the In store/weekend afternoon DJ for the Roots Canada flagship stores in Toronto.

    First off, congratulations on your Bronze medal.
    Fantastic job. You’re a excellent figure skater. I know your Mother is proud of you. She’s smiling from heaven

    Expressing my condolences to you and your family. Letting you know, I understand what you’re going through.

    I’m an only child who has lost both his parents. My mother died at age 55. I lost her to lymphoma cancer in 2004. Then i lost my father to pancreatic cancer in 2008. He was only 73.

    I confess, I’m still going through the motions. Thank goodness, I have great energy, and the support of great friends and relatives.

    Your work is an inspiration to myself and many people around the world.
    Proving to people that all wounds heal in time and that you can conquer obstacles with great strength, a positive attitude, and hard work. You deserve your success.

    Thank you for reading my message. I know you’re a busy lady these days. Still, I’m appreciative of your time.

    Keep your chin up and have an excellent weekend.

    Cheers and warmest regards,

    Garrick (DJ Doctor G)

    Comment by Garrick Estick (DJ Doctor G) — 26 February 2010 @ 02:41

  596. Congratulations Joannie. Your courage and perseverance are an inspiration to the World.

    Comment by CANADA — 26 February 2010 @ 02:48

  597. I’ve never watched figure skating before this Olympics. Your courage and grace are unbelievable. Your mom’s beauty just shined through you like a burning star. You are amazing.

    Comment by Tony — 26 February 2010 @ 02:49

  598. Joannie – way to go.
    Your toughness and competitiveness makes all Canadians proud.
    You deserve to be on the podium.
    BW

    Comment by brian ward — 26 February 2010 @ 02:50

  599. Hi Joannie,

    To be honest, I didn’t know really anything about you until a few days ago, when I heard the news about your mom. After I found out, though, I really felt compelled to write to you. I don’t ordinarily don’t do this kind of thing, writing to famous sports figures or celebrities, but, I felt the need to write to you because I feel like I understand what you were going through up to your amazing performances these past few days.

    I am an American, a 24-year old woman like you, who is currently living in South Korea. I came here to teach English in August 2008. I had been planning to come here for a year and was looking forward to an exciting new life after graduation from college. But then, the morning I was to leave for Korea, my dad, whom I was extremely close with, suddenly passed away. I had maybe about an hour to make up my mind whether I still wanted to leave as planned or stay behind and be with my mom, who I also love dearly. Like you found the courage to stay in the Olympics and perform your best for your mom, I also was determined to stick with my original plan and make my dad proud in Korea.

    I guess I just wanted to say that my heart is with you, since I feel like I’ve been in a similar situation and I feel like we both reacted to our circumstances in the same way. I came to a new, completely foreign country all alone and without my dad, but somehow, I made it through that tough time and am now loving my life here in Seoul. You didn’t let anything stop you and got the bronze medal in women’s singles figure skating! We’re pretty strong people, aren’t we? :)

    I also wanted to say that things do get better with time. You’ll always miss your mom, as I still miss my dad, but things will get easier. I promise :)

    Anyway, I know this is really long, and that you might not even read this, but I feel good just getting this all out! :) Anyway, congratulations on your amazing achievement, stay strong, and remember, all of us out here are on your side :)

    Jennie

    Comment by Jennie — 26 February 2010 @ 02:51

  600. Perhaps my comment didn’t get through.
    Your competiveness and toughness is admirable.
    You deserve to be ont he podium.
    BW

    Comment by brian ward — 26 February 2010 @ 02:52

  601. Joannie Rochette,
    you are truly an inspiration for all of Canada, I am truly sorry for the loss of your mother so suddenly. I applaud you on continuing to skate even in the wake of her loss. Your courage and bravery was tremendous. I am glad that you got a medal and I am glad that you dedicated your skate to your mother she would have been so proud of you in the way that you have made Canada proud.
    Thanks for doing Canada proud! Thanks for being a great competitor, Sending my well wishes and hugs during this difficult time.

    Thanks again
    Crystal

    Comment by Crystal Atkinson — 26 February 2010 @ 02:55

  602. Joannie I felt so sad watching you skate, after a personal tregedy. I still miss my mother. I pray you will find solace knowing your mum will surely be watching your success. I cried so much, I wanted to be Canadian at that moment. However I am Scottish American. Please accept our condolences. We love you and your talent. Love Mary Axtell

    Comment by Mary Axtell — 26 February 2010 @ 02:56

  603. I watched you perform over the past two nights on tv, and I must say that your performance was truly remarkable and inspirational…regardless of of your personal tragedy, for which you have my deepest sympathies. Please keep working hard and being an inspiration to others, but also be sure to embrace your own private life to the fullest too! I am a busy college student that is drawn to the wonders of the Olympics because I am able to live vicariously through the feats of the athletes. With love and fondest wishes from an American, “Bien à toi!”
    -Michael W.

    Comment by michael — 26 February 2010 @ 03:02

  604. Congratulations! You are amazing. You have my deepest sympathy as well. Your Mom would be proud. My Mom passed away 12 months ago. I miss her everyday, as I am sure you will miss yours. Keep her spirit in your heart and she will always be with you. My Mom’s favoriate place to visit was in Quebec. Anyway I wish you and your Dad the best. Congratulations.

    Comment by Jim — 26 February 2010 @ 03:02

  605. Congratulations, Joannie!

    The world celebrates with you! You won the Olympic bronze medal under the most difficult circumstances of anyone’s life. You are admired for the courage that you have shown during the past few days. Winning the medal while bearing such intense grief was just phenomenal. May you continue to inspire the world with your strength of character, and may you be blessed with love, happiness, and success for your entire life.

    Comment by Donna Robb — 26 February 2010 @ 03:03

  606. Bravo! Bravo! Bravooooo!

    Your strength will never be forgotten. I pray for you and your family during this time. Bless you, Joannie!
    xo

    Comment by Jeanne Foster — 26 February 2010 @ 03:08

  607. Dear Joannie
    First I would like to offer my condolences to you and your family!!!!!!!!
    I just had to write you to say how proud you make me to be a canadian! When most would have been understandably unable to go on,you not only continued but won a bronze which is hard enough at the best of times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Ken Macleod — 26 February 2010 @ 03:09

  608. Joannie you have touched the hearts of all Canadians. You showed us what it really means to be a Canadian,to have the heart and courage to do what you did while dealing with the loss of your mother.Congratulations on your medal, you deserved it. May god bless you and your family with the healing process now.

    Comment by Rob — 26 February 2010 @ 03:09

  609. Congratulations, Joannie! I’ve been hoping all season that you would medal at the olympics. You deserve it! I’m praying for you and your father during this difficult time. May God bless you, and may you find peace in knowing that your mother is in a better place.

    Comment by Deneen Fowler — 26 February 2010 @ 03:12

  610. Dear Joannie,

    I extend my sympathies to you, your father, and your family on the death of your mother. Please know that she will always be there with you, an angel on your shoulder, ready to share your joys and sorrows. You need only talk to her and listen in the quiet of your heart.

    You are a true hero, a person of incredible strength, of courage, of love.

    Petit oiseau, vole avec la grâce, le courage, et la beauté!

    Comment by Lynn — 26 February 2010 @ 03:21

  611. You are a pure class act. All the best to you and your family. Thank you for representing Canada.

    Congratulations.

    Comment by Nolan — 26 February 2010 @ 03:29

  612. You are Olympic gold, inside and out, an inspiration to so many dealing with tragedy in these times, showing us how to put that aside to do what we came to do, must do. Truly, that is the only thing that counts today – they put on an entire Olympics and your performance IMO is singularly Olympian. The world can draw on what you alone did. Thank you, and all around you.

    Comment by Anna — 26 February 2010 @ 03:41

  613. Hello Joannie. this time you have made a great performance! It’s a pity Mao have been helped, otherwise silver medal would have been yours. Your program was nearly perfect and your result is fantastic. I am so happy you won this medal. The situation was critic, but you managed to let your loss be your strength!!! Surely your mother is so happy, she surely wanted you not to give up and she is there smiling at you so proud of her daughter. Millions of people watched your performance and have been captured by your strength during the program and your sweetness after it. At least I was!!!!! Anyway you have won!!!!!! You won a medal, but, more important, you won yourself and your pain!!!! And now the world championship. I’ll wait for you!!!!! A bientot

    Comment by Alessandro — 26 February 2010 @ 03:43

  614. I am very sorry for your loss..my heart goes out to you.

    Loved your performances in Vancouver. YOU ARE TRULY GOLD!

    janet
    (a Cdn fan in S.korea)

    Comment by Janet — 26 February 2010 @ 04:08

  615. i lost my mom unexpectedly too..
    my heart and strength are with you
    and your bronze medal is for your mom and dad too…

    Comment by LeeAnn — 26 February 2010 @ 04:11

  616. Dear Joannie,

    Words cannot describe how much respect I and this country have for you. I lost my father (too early) just a few years ago and your story brought back such difficult memories. You are the prime example of how strong a person can be, and how one can persevere over the greatest challenges in life. You are an inspiration, and I hope I can be half as strong as you were during these Games throughout my life.

    Congrats on the medal… as someone said, your medal is the most golden bronze we have ever seen.

    Sincerely,
    Tae from Vancouver, BC

    Comment by Taehoon Kim — 26 February 2010 @ 04:13

  617. Congratulations Joannie! What you did in these difficult times is amazing!
    That Bronze Medal is a platinium one and you deserve it!
    I don’t know anything about ice skating but yesterday I had tears in my eyes with what you did!
    Thanks
    Laurent

    Comment by Laurent (from Belgium) — 26 February 2010 @ 04:14

  618. Dear Joannie,

    Your courage and strength have moved and captivated the world.
    Congratulations and thank you for a beautiful performance and memories which will last a long time.

    Comment by G — 26 February 2010 @ 04:15

  619. Your strength, courage and determination have been an incredible inspiration to every woman in the world. Even though I’m an American, I was rooting for you to place over American skaters. Your mother would be so proud of you. Thank you for inspiring so many of us.
    Bless you.

    Comment by Carla in Calfornia — 26 February 2010 @ 04:19

  620. Congratulations Joannie on your Olympic Bronze Medal, Please continue to bring us here in the US memorable moments and such fierce courageousness that you have displayed this week. I have been inspired by you.I’m sure I speak along with many other Americans and we have been praying for you and your father during this difficult time in your life. Hang in there and take care. God Bless. Steven

    Comment by Steven — 26 February 2010 @ 04:22

  621. Joannie, I just wanted to let you know that I’m proud you’re a fellow Canadian! Having lost both of my parents over the course of the last 6 yrs., I’m sure there’s absolutely no way I could have carried on with anything as large as skating in the Olympics, but the fact that you could carry on skating, as I’m sure your mother would have wanted you to, AND do so well as to actually win the bronze, shows just how strong a person you really are. Although the pain of losing a loved one will ease with time, you’ll never completely get over it, but I’m sure you’ll ALWAYS feel good about having completed the journey you started with your mother. I think I can safely say that your mother, along with all of Canada, is proud of you JUST for skating, no matter where you placed in the standings. Great job Joannie…. take care, and good luck in your future!

    Comment by Bob(a proud Canadian) — 26 February 2010 @ 04:27

  622. Joannie, you show your mother strength and she would be proud of you. May you and your family remember her and your memories of her. She will always be with all of you. You did awesome and I was honored and proud to watch you on TV and know that when live throws something hard my way that I too have the strength to pull through. Thank you! God bless!

    Comment by Robin Crom — 26 February 2010 @ 04:27

  623. Dear Joannie,
    You made Canada proud, but also everyone else, world wide. Every person who watched you was in amazement not only because of your toughness and dedication, but also your skilled and beautiful performances.

    Your Mother surely must have been an incredible woman. Through her she has instilled many great attributes in you. But you also showed the woman you have become. You are an inspiration for all. To women, daughters, dad’s and everyone in between. Stay strong, play to win, and follow your heart. You have renewed my strength, dedication and have inspired me in new ways for my career, family and friends.

    Bless you always and forever,

    Greg

    Comment by Greg & Rise Gamble — 26 February 2010 @ 04:28

  624. Thank you for skating so well at the Olympics. A bronze metal is fantastic!!! I am sorry about the loss of your mother. However, your performances made my life a little brighter for a few days. Watching figure skating helps me with my pain. It takes me to another world, a beautiful world. Your skating did that also for me. Thank you. Paul

    Comment by Paul Ciolek — 26 February 2010 @ 04:45

  625. I am so happy for you, that you got to give ur mom a kiss and send up that medal to her. As a parent of 3 student athelets I know how much she supported you through all the years of hard work to get where you are. She must be so proud of your accomplishments. Take care and find strenth in every trainning session she watch and supported, now train even harder for her! Most people have no idea how hard you work and how much your mon and dad believe in you. Hope to see you in 2014

    Comment by Bob — 26 February 2010 @ 04:46

  626. You are so amazing! A definite inspiration to us all. I’m sure your mom is smiling down at you from heaven. She must be so proud! You go, girl!

    Mei
    Philippines

    Comment by Mel — 26 February 2010 @ 04:47

  627. Joannie,

    I hoped, I prayed, I wished, I yelled, I screamed all while watching you perform this week. I wanted you to medal more than anything and I even prayed that your competitors would fall (I hate that I wanted that but I did). You skated your heart out, you skated with incredible focus, you skated with a strength I have never seen before, you skated for your Mom, you skated with the beliefs she instilled in you and you skated your way to an Olympic medal!

    I am so proud of you. I cried before you skated, during and afterwards, I have cried for hours now….for you. You are incredible. Please continue to skate, for yourself, for your mother and for all of us who appreciate your talent.

    Amanda, USA

    Comment by Amanda — 26 February 2010 @ 05:04

  628. My most deeply and sincere best wishes go for you, you are just amazing, keep on going strong like you are doing right now and always remember you can count on me and millions of people that support you, I don’t have anymore words, it’s difficult to talk about this things specially right now, you did just amazing at the olympic’s figure skating finals, if you ever come to Mexico city remember you have a friend here and if you ever want to talk to somebody just write me back. love and kisses, be strong, your mom is watching you all the time and she’ll be next to you for the rest of your life, she loves you and I do believe that one day you two will be together again.

    Sincerely. Brandon Alberhasky best wishes from Mexico City.

    Comment by Brandon Alberhasky — 26 February 2010 @ 05:16

  629. Hi Joannie, I’m really sorry about your mum. you skated BEAUTIFULLY! you deserved a silver at least. praying for you heaps love bethany

    Comment by bethany — 26 February 2010 @ 05:16

  630. Joannie,
    You are now undeniably, one of our countries biggest inspirations.
    This week you have achieved what most can only dream of.
    Last night I sat on the edge of my seat praying that you would get the medal you so deserved. Even without a medal, It would have been a huge understatement to call you courageous.
    I was honoured to witness your strength and magical courage.
    Thank you so much for being my hero!!!!.
    Love,
    Bob Wilcox

    Comment by Bob Wilcox — 26 February 2010 @ 05:18

  631. To the Rochette family and friends,

    My sincere condolences on your tragic loss…

    bronze medal lustre
    will glow brightly forever
    with Therese’s love

    Comment by Tuco Ramirez — 26 February 2010 @ 05:28

  632. congratulations Joannie,first as a person and second as an athlete.You showed immeasurable courage and composure for your age/at any age, in the face of adversity.I watched you perform with poise and grace,keeping your focus and proving to the world,that you are a fantastic person.Don`t think for a second, that your mom wasn`t with you and when all was said and done,she was looking down on you with pride and smiling eyes.All the best in the future.You have an entire country behind you.

    Comment by THE DELANEYS — 26 February 2010 @ 05:32

  633. Joannie,
    Congratulations on your medal! You did such a fine job! There were a lot of us in the USA pulling for you! My thoughts and prayers are with you in this hard time.

    Comment by Matt MacIntosh - USA — 26 February 2010 @ 05:37

  634. Congratulations Joannie. All my best wishes to you and your family.

    Comment by JM — 26 February 2010 @ 05:37

  635. Joannie you are an amazing young woman and athlete. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your Family on the loss of your Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your Mother will forever be in your heart. As a Canadian we are so very very proud of you, you handled such a difficult situation with such poise and grace. Your country is so very very proud of you. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal…way to go!! Take care & God Bless. Love & Hugs to you.

    Comment by Karen McEwen — 26 February 2010 @ 05:39

  636. Dear Joannie:
    You were AWESOME, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and i will be going to stars on ice to see your wonderful performance again!!!
    I LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!! >w<

    Comment by Karen — 26 February 2010 @ 05:48

  637. Thank you for showing the world your strength. I am inspired by the grace in which you skated under immeasurable pain.
    You won the moment you stepped onto the ice.

    All my condolences reach out to you and your family.

    Renee Jordan
    Alaska, USA

    Comment by Renee — 26 February 2010 @ 05:58

  638. Truly amazing. Your courage is an inspiration to all. Trully a golden performance, your mum would be so proud. The sports loving people of Australia extend their deepest sympathies to you and your family. We are thinking of you. God bless.

    Comment by Dave — 26 February 2010 @ 06:01

  639. Dear Joannie,

    We watched you tonight and cried. You are a strong girl and your mom is very proud of you up there…!!!
    I am really sorry you lost your mom, and I wish you all the best to you and your family.

    Congratulations on your win, and continue to be strong.
    Admiring you and wishing you just the best of luck
    Danielle Nehl and her family, Botany NSW, Australia

    Comment by Danielle Nehl — 26 February 2010 @ 06:02

  640. The written word is too limited for me to simultaneously convey the sorrow of your family’s loss and congratulation for your accomplishments both today and over the past many years.

    Thank you for your courage and inspiration.

    Comment by Guy Desrosiers — 26 February 2010 @ 06:06

  641. bonjour Joannie,
    je ne pas parle francais so i’m gonna speak english ok,
    i’m just a simple man from belgium but i think your very brave after what happend with your mom,
    i admire you for what you did,
    i was supporting for you and i’m glad you won bronze.
    your mother would be proud of you, i know it for sure.
    remember that she will be always with you in everything you do.
    i wish you, your dad and your whole family the best in this difficult time.

    with love
    Dave from belgium

    Comment by Dave De Ridder — 26 February 2010 @ 06:10

  642. Joannie,

    You’re AMAZING!! you made me cry when I watched your first routine of the womens figure skating!! Please know that, You touched my heart and made me feel able to achieve more than I believed I ever could. It’s times like that when we all need our mother’s the most & I know she would have been with you, looking down on you & she will be so proud!! You totally proved that anything is possible with a bit of hope & faith!! I don’t think anyone would have had more courage than you & for you to perform perfectly with no faults that just goes to show how truly amazing you are!!

    I look forward to watching you perform in the future! Keep your mum alive, live the dreams you both had!! My thoughts go out to you all the way from New Zealand!

    Kylie x

    P.S: This is my favourite quote & you totally put it to good use:

    “We must dream in order to be & we must believe in order to become”

    Comment by Kylie Eavestaff — 26 February 2010 @ 06:15

  643. Joannie,
    I mourn your loss. I heard of your story…missed your first skate this week, but caught the replay later. I was moved. Your mother is proud of you.
    I wish you all the best and thoughts of your beauty, grace and wonderfulness on the ice will haunt my memories forever.
    Congratulations on the Bronze.
    Condolences to you and your family.
    Godspeed to you.
    Mike

    Comment by Mike — 26 February 2010 @ 06:25

  644. Joannie

    I’m spanish – we have nothing to do with ice skating -, but I was zapping and came across the winter olympics, just in time to see your short program performance…I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. What an incredible moment. And then you finished. I didn’t know what to think…unbelievable. Tears just welled up in my eyes

    Be sure that, up there, your mother is really proud of you

    All my love and support to you and your family from Spain

    Comment by Carlos — 26 February 2010 @ 06:35

  645. Dear Joannie,

    I just want to send you and your dad my sympathy. It was sad to hear about your mom. But you did awesome at the Olympics. I know your
    mom was skating with you. May God be with you and your family at
    this sad time. The memories you have of your mom will get you through
    this sad time. take care .

    Kim

    Comment by Kim Maze — 26 February 2010 @ 06:50

  646. Our Hearts goes out to you. Your Mother would be so Happy for you completing your tour of Skating and Winning a Bronze Medal. God Bless you’s and your family. :)

    Comment by Catherine&Family — 26 February 2010 @ 06:51

  647. Joannie, congratulations on your olympic medal! you truly are an inspiration to us all!

    Comment by deanna — 26 February 2010 @ 06:55

  648. Dearest Joannie,

    Sending you a message all the way from Northern Ireland! We are all so proud of you hun at this difficult time, you are a true star and may God richly bless you and your family, lots of hugs xxx

    Comment by Mel Henderson — 26 February 2010 @ 06:57

  649. Dear Joannie; Your poise and grace under fire brought me to tears. The way you held it together is one of the greatest accomplishments I have ever witnessed in sports. My heart goes out to you and the image of your face holding back your emotions will be stamped in my memory forever. Memories are a wonderful thing and can be a comfort on a cold night. Please think of your mom as being with you today, and forever.

    Comment by Alan Parker — 26 February 2010 @ 07:04

  650. Dear Joannie,

    Congratulations on your bronze medal win. I cannot imagine how you did what you did, but I believe that your mother cheered you on the entire way from up above and she is so proud of you. Remember, even if you can’t see her, talk to her, or touch her, she IS communicating with you all the time, and she always will.

    To your father and to you I extend my sincerest condolences and complete awe of what you accomplished.

    God bless,
    Antoinette St. Angelo
    2274 Westoak Trails Blvd., Oakville, ON L6M 4B3

    Comment by Antoinette St. Angelo — 26 February 2010 @ 07:05

  651. Bravo et felicitations Joannie. J’ai reste devant la TV jusqu’a la fin and now I am going to work with 4.5 hours sleep. It was worth it. Je suis tellement fier de toi et je suis fier pour ton pere.
    Best wishes,
    Don Hobus
    Rosemere, Quebec

    Comment by Don Hobus — 26 February 2010 @ 07:06

  652. Congratulations! Joannie you made us proud. You are a remarkable human being, a beautiful skater, and a true Olympian.Sadly,your mother is gone, but she lives on in your spirit and heart forever. My sympathy to you and your father.

    Comment by Ann — 26 February 2010 @ 07:06

  653. CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS!CONGRATULATIONS! You did an amazing job. Your country is very proud of you. You are an inspiration to everyone. We look forward to seeing you in the future.

    :)

    Comment by The Boyds — 26 February 2010 @ 07:11

  654. Dear Ms. Rochette,
    I marveled at your performances in the olympics. To have taken every gift your parents have given you, and in turn allowed us to see how special they and you are through your amazing display of courage, strength, and inspiration is nothing short of what the human spirit is truly about. When times are the hardest, I remember a saying –
    “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”
    Thank you so much for not giving up.
    Best wishes forever!

    Sincerely,
    Christina Bonisolli
    Weymouth, Massachusetts
    USA

    Comment by Christina Bonisolli — 26 February 2010 @ 07:15

  655. Congratulations from Nova Scotia
    Your mother would have been so proud of you as the rest of Canadians are
    Pls accept my deepest sympathy on yur mother’s sudden passing will keep you in our thoughts & prayers

    Comment by Joanne MacHardy — 26 February 2010 @ 07:16

  656. I met you on the plane back from Beijing and mentioned how much i looked forward to seeing you on the podium… I never imagined it would be under such circumstances.. my condolances to you and congrats for being so strong.. you are amazing !!!

    Comment by Donald Watt — 26 February 2010 @ 07:18

  657. Congratulations Joannie!!! You truly are a special person. God bless you and your family. The impact you have made will be felt for years to come.

    Comment by Wes Bennett — 26 February 2010 @ 07:33

  658. Congratulations Joannie on winning bronze. We have been waiting for your program and were so excited to see you win bronze. Your Mom would be really proud of you. You are a real inspiration to us ,Canada and all of the world.
    Our condolences on the loss of your Mom. Stay strong and know that you are in the hearts of all of Canada.

    Layne and Joslynn White and family
    Sydney,Cape Breton,N.S.

    Comment by Layne and Joslynn White and family — 26 February 2010 @ 07:36

  659. Dear Joannie,
    Your mother must be so proud of you as she watches from above! The medal is bronze, but the performance was golden. Thank you for your courage, and condolences and strength to you and your father.

    Comment by Brenda — 26 February 2010 @ 07:36

  660. Dear Joannie,
    you are so good at figure skating.
    I want to be just like you.
    I’m sorry your mom died.
    Good jod you got bronze.
    See yea

    Comment by Zoie forgue — 26 February 2010 @ 07:38

  661. Dearest Joannie,
    After losing my mother in January this year my heart goes out to you. I don’t think I ever wished so hard for someone to win a medal, be it Gold, Silver or Bronze, I just wanted you on the podium. Congratulations to you. Your mother will live forever in your heart.

    Comment by Lisa Mason — 26 February 2010 @ 07:38

  662. Joannie, please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother . You skated wonderfully and are GOLD in our hearts…be brave

    Comment by Glenn Budgell — 26 February 2010 @ 07:42

  663. Canada is so proud of you! What an amazing person you are to have stepped up and performed at such a difficult time. Enjoy this moment of victory even as you deal with your heartache.

    Best wishes

    Comment by Susan — 26 February 2010 @ 07:50

  664. You were great! Congratulations! She is proud.

    Comment by Mike Shook — 26 February 2010 @ 07:56

  665. Congratulations on your medal, well deserved. Your courage and strength are inspirational. A wonderful skate under incredibly difficult circumstances.I will remember it always. You were quoted as saying “I’m sure that tonight, if she had seen that triple Lutz, she would have been real proud.” I am not the smartest man in the world and there are many things I don’t know – but I do know she saw the triple, and she was very proud – and so is all of Canada.

    Comment by Jim — 26 February 2010 @ 07:56

  666. Joannie remember if you keep your mother in your heart, she will never die.
    Celebrate her life do not mourn her death.
    Your mom is in a better place with no more pain.

    from a fan in Montreal

    Comment by Roberta Lawrence — 26 February 2010 @ 07:59

  667. Through your grief, with your strength, you have triumphed…you are a true Champion.

    You are an inspiration…if all of us had half the courage and strength that you have, the World would be a better place.

    Cheers,
    David

    Comment by David — 26 February 2010 @ 08:00

  668. Our prayers are with you and your family–that is a given. Beyond that, we cannot even begin to imagine your pain.

    Words cannot do the beauty of your performances justice, nor can can they adequately encompass the courage and strength you have show as an Olympian representing our “Neighbour to the North” or as a human being suffering such a great loss and yet persevering.

    We stand amazed!

    God blesses you, Joannie and enfolds your family with His love.

    Lance and Maureen Mack
    Marion, Iowa USA

    Comment by Lance and Maureen Mack — 26 February 2010 @ 08:01

  669. Joannie, you are the story of the Olympics and you epitomize the spirit of the Olympics. I believe people have and will continue to draw strength and inspiration from your acts of courage this week. You are truly one incredible lady. Congratulations!

    Comment by Dave — 26 February 2010 @ 08:03

  670. Joannie , 1st congratulations on Bronze Medal , but most important our deepest sympathy on the great lost you suffered this week. The way you competed after that is a mark of a great athlete, and it showed in your programs. We had tears and figures and toes crossed for you throughout. We know that your mom was on your shoulder and she will always be there for you in spirit , you just have to Believe..
    May Jesus always guide you and the love of family surround you at this trying time..
    Hugs and prayers for all your family esp your dad..
    LeClair Family.

    Comment by LeClair Family — 26 February 2010 @ 08:03

  671. Congratulation on your very good programs. You are an inspiration to all Canadians and to all athletes. You are the definition of a true Olympian. Good work getting the Bronze medal. It might not have been a true Gold but it was Gold in the eyes of all Canadians and the Canadian athletes.

    Comment by Chris Francis — 26 February 2010 @ 08:09

  672. Ms. Rochette,
    You have shown a great deal of strength at a difficult time.
    You have displayed to the world, a incredible level of class.
    The TV coverage with you and your father hugging really touched my heart.

    Congratulations!
    All the very best to you.

    WH

    Comment by W. HESSE — 26 February 2010 @ 08:12

  673. You have shown the true meaning of the Olympic dream! Your grace and strength has shown us all that dreams can come true even during the saddest moments of our lives. Your mother would (and is) so proud of you and will be your angel through the rest of your life.

    God Bless – and American is very proud of you!

    Comment by CJ Watson — 26 February 2010 @ 08:23

  674. Joannie,

    Congratulations, on your win last night. I truly believe, your Mom was on the ice with you. Excellent Performance!!!

    Wish You All The Best In The Future. “Cherish The Memories’.

    Take care.

    Verna

    Placentia NL

    Comment by Verna M Walsh — 26 February 2010 @ 08:25

  675. Joannie -
    I am a big fan of the winter Olympics and you are truly an amazing young lady! My heart goes out to you and your family during this very hard time. I am 28 years old and just lost my father, 56, the day after Christmas 2009 due to complications of diabetes and heart disease. Though I will never understand why his life here was so short, I will treasurer all the precious memories and milestones he was able to share with me. Your skating performance was stellar and with you the best with your career. This is truly a hard time to have to experience at such a young age, just remember she will always be watching over you.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Katie

    Comment by Katie — 26 February 2010 @ 08:26

  676. Hi Joannie,

    I was going to write to you on monday when I heard of your tragedy but I didn’t know what to say. My mother died tragically and without notice as well so every time I went to write something I got lost in my own thoughts. I am so glad that you skated because I know how deeply I would have regreted it if I was in the same position. Greif is a hard thing and hits you suddenly at certian times. even 8 years on I still am reminded by a song, a piece of ceramics or a smell. I also got down many times thinking oh… she will never be there. for those important moments. I am not religous nor am I very spiritual but since this has happened I have many many examples that she is there…. somewhere watching over me. Like your mom is watching over you…. and I can’t imagine how proud she was of you yesterday…. considering how pround so many people are of you who don’t even know you. You have done yourself a credit… it was a true test of character. Much love

    Gena

    Comment by Gena — 26 February 2010 @ 08:28

  677. Joannie-
    My heart goes out to you. I lost my mother suddenly too 5 years ago to the same thing. Congratulations to you for going on and skating the best performances of your life and getting a medal too! Your Mom was watching for sure and helping you through. Keep her in your heart always. I hope that after the Olympics you and your Dad will have time to be with each other and grieve. I know you will miss her. Its OK to cry-let it out!! Then put it into your skating. My prayers are with you and your Dad.

    Comment by Janine Mauersberg — 26 February 2010 @ 08:31

  678. Congratulations!! So happy for you. So many of watched with tears streaming down our faces. We all admire you for being so brave, many could not have done what you did this week. We’re all so proud of you.
    May the love & support from family & friends help you through this most difficult time.
    Take care.
    From Trenton, On

    Comment by Wanda Terefenko — 26 February 2010 @ 08:32

  679. We were cheering your courageous performance at 4 am in Scotland. Bravo mille fois, chere Joannie

    Comment by Ken — 26 February 2010 @ 08:32

  680. It seems to me, when I think of the debate surrounding Own the Podium, that any country can produce top athletes. In Canada, we grow something a little different. We produce champions. Joannie, you are an amazing woman and a true champion. Never before in my life have I stayed awake until after midnight to watch figure skating! But I did last night, and I was thrilled to have done so. Congratulations on your medal, and thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Mo Riche — 26 February 2010 @ 08:33

  681. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on your bronze medal! We have been your fans for a long time, and we just want to say how we commend your courage, your strength and your wonderful skating at this most difficult time. Saw you on the Today show this morning and we are so proud of you, as are all Canadians. You truly are a role model for all…young and old.
    God bless you!

    Comment by Wendy Rubin — 26 February 2010 @ 08:34

  682. Félicitations!! Your skating was so incredibly beautiful, technically and performance-wise, as was your costume in our Vancouver sea-to-sky colours. All Canadians are so happy that you were able to perform so amazingly well, despite your loss, at such an amazing world-class level. Your win was so well-deserved and we were all cheering and had tears for you at the same time. Your dad, and your mom in heaven, are clearly proud of you, as they should be. I am so sorry for your loss; I understand a bit, as I lost my dad when I was 25.

    Comment by Leslie — 26 February 2010 @ 08:34

  683. Ma belle et magnifique Joannie,

    Je croyais vivre des moments difficiles….Mais tu es devenu un modèle de force et de courage dans l’adversité pour moi…

    La seule chose que je peux te dire c’est MERCI!

    Tu m’a redonné espoir en la vie…

    1 000 000 de XXX

    Comment by Real G Boucher — 26 February 2010 @ 08:35

  684. Hello I am a huge hockey fan and I have been wanting gold. I watched your skate last night and your bronze is bigger than any gold we will ever win at this Olympics . Be strong you are already brave.

    Comment by Terry Broome — 26 February 2010 @ 08:36

  685. Congratulations on your medal win last night. You are a true Canadian and such a strong person to fight through the hardships this week that you and your family have gone through. I am sorry for your loss yet proud of you at the same time for your great accomplishment this week. :-)

    Comment by Dave — 26 February 2010 @ 08:37

  686. We are very proud of you. Félicitation. My heart goes to you and your family. Je lève mon chapeau à toi. You make us proud to be Canadians.

    Comment by Nathalie Beaudoin — 26 February 2010 @ 08:41

  687. Dear Joannie. I cannot even begin to tell you how sorry I am for the sudden loss of your mother, especially at such an amazing time of your life. Until the Olympics, I did not know of you, but just watching your extrordinary skating and beauty on that ice and knowing what you were dealing with inside, has made you an incredible inspiration to me and so many other people in this world. Your mother will be with you forever and is as proud of you as every single figure skating fan out there. Congratulations on your medal and cherish it always. Take care of your dad and yourself, and live every precious moment to it’s fullest. God bless you and your family and always stay the strong, sweet and amazing person that you are.

    Comment by Patty Deitsch — 26 February 2010 @ 08:41

  688. Joannie

    USA loves you! Your courage and grace have inspired us all. You have made such a contribution to your sport and the American spirit. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with you as you return home after the applause has faded. Just remember our love for you is forever and we will think of you
    at every skate event we watch.

    from a 72 yr old Texan.

    Comment by Chuck Chamberlin — 26 February 2010 @ 08:44

  689. I admire the strength and courage you showed in going out on the ice and doing your routine. I can imagine how hard it must have been for you going out there and doing things without your mom. I lost my mom 3 weeks ago and I still am having a hard time some days coming to terms with it. I pray for healing in your life and in your heart and that the pain of your moms death continues to ease little by little. It’s hard to get over something like that but in time perhaps you’ll feel less like crying over her death and instead you’ll laugh over EVERYTHING she and you did. God Bless :)

    Comment by Francine Gauthier — 26 February 2010 @ 08:44

  690. My whole family cheered for you, especially my mom who still misses her mom.

    So proud. Well done.

    Comment by Ellie — 26 February 2010 @ 08:54

  691. chère Joannie,

    Le monde en entier était et est avec toi lors de tes performances à Vancouver. La force que tu as fais preuve est celle d’une grande championne et d’une grande femme. Félicitation pour ta médaille et sache que nous prières sont avec toi et ta famille. Tu es une source d’inspiration pour toute la planète. Nous pouvons apprendre énormément de ta grande force et élégance. Pierre et Julie, Repentigny. xx

    Comment by Julie Beauregard — 26 February 2010 @ 08:56

  692. Dear Joannie, we are praying for you and your family. May God comfort you and yours. You skated so beautifully,. what a blessing you are, take care and God Bless. So sorry for the lost of your mother.

    Comment by Joyce Votipka — 26 February 2010 @ 08:57

  693. You are an amazing person, and an amazing athlete. I saw your dad in the stands, and I think he should know that he is amazing. He probably doesn’t get to hear that very often! You have inspired every person who watched you skate last night. I think it was one of the highlights of my life! After watching you, I just wanted to get to the rink and keep practising. I believe in you Joannie Rochette!!!!

    Comment by Amy — 26 February 2010 @ 09:00

  694. Joannie,
    You make this old Canadian bust with pride. I love you, child.

    Comment by Robert, Calgary — 26 February 2010 @ 09:03

  695. Congratulations on your magnificent win last night, Joannie. I, too, lost my mom too soon in my twenties. Fans, friends, and family will gather around you like flowers to help you through the pain. Although it took some time to realize this, the essence of my mother’s love is with me to this day and I can turn inwardly to find her at any moment. This surely will eventually be the case for you. In time, you will see that your mother has infused the rest of your life with the fragrance of her love.

    Comment by aka Penelope — 26 February 2010 @ 09:05

  696. Congratulations Joannie from everyone in Western New York. I watched your performance last night with my son and we both were cheering you to medal victory. You made us proud to be Canadian neighbors. All the best to you and your family!

    Comment by Greg — 26 February 2010 @ 09:10

  697. Merveilleuse Joannie, courageuse Joannie, Bravo, mille fois Bravo !
    Tu as touché nos coeurs par tes présences sur la glace, ta détermination et l’amour de ta discipline t’ont donné raison……..Bon courage pour les jours à venir, nous pensons à toi, ton père et toute ta famille….
    Yolande M.

    Comment by Yolande M. Victoriaville — 26 February 2010 @ 09:12

  698. Thank you for giving all of us such an inspired & beautiful performance! I know your mother is looking down on you with happiness & pride.

    Merci beaucoup et bon chance mon amie! Vous etes tres fortes!

    Comment by William Mize — 26 February 2010 @ 09:16

  699. Mille bravos pour ta médaille! Tu as été tout simplement courageuse et tout le Canada est fier de toi! Quelle belle exemple de persévérence tu es! Bon courage maintenant!
    Sylvie xox

    Comment by Sylvie L — 26 February 2010 @ 09:20

  700. Congratulations Joannie. You have inspired an entire country!!! My wife and I watched last night with enthusiasm and we prayed for a good result. You are a pro, and wonderful young lady, and you are what we dream our athletes would be. Competition brings out the best in Olympians, and you reached down deeper than any athlete has ever reached. You are in the company of Karen Magnusson, Liz Manley, and now, JOANNIE ROCHETTE!!!

    You are a ROCK!!!!

    Comment by Wayne Beaton — 26 February 2010 @ 09:20

  701. Best wishes to you. What an amazing role model you are for younger girls.

    Comment by Kathy Hansford — 26 February 2010 @ 09:21

  702. Joannie,
    I have no doubt that your mother was incredibly proud of your performance this week. You showed tremendous courage and have inspired thousands of people around the world. Your mother must have been pretty remarkable to have raised such a courageous daughter. On behalf of mothers all over the world, we are deeply proud. Alanna

    Comment by alanna — 26 February 2010 @ 09:23

  703. Joannie,

    Il y a bien des années que toute notre famille suivons avec enthousiasme le patinage artistique. Nous n’avons encore jamais fait l’expérience d’un pareil courage et d’une telle détermination que vous avez su démontrés lors des jeux Olympiques de Vancouver 2010.

    Nous prions pour votre mère, votre famille, vos amis et vos proches ainsi que pour tout ceux et celles que vous avez marqué profondément.

    La noblesse de votre courage restera gravée dans mon coeur et dans mon esprit pour des années et merci d’avoir partagé une si dure épreuve avec autant de dignité.

    Bravo pour votre médaille de bronze, mais aucune médaille ne pourra jamais être à la hauteur de votre courage, et surtout de l’amour que vous avez pour votre mère.

    Avec tous mes homages

    Francois Labrie
    Toronto, Canada

    Comment by Fracois Labrie — 26 February 2010 @ 09:23

  704. Hello! Congrats on your bronze medal last night hope you are having a great time in Vancouver cant wait til you go to Worlds!

    Comment by Desiree Wright — 26 February 2010 @ 09:24

  705. Hi Joannie, My sincere condolences for your sudden loss. Everyone is behind you and you have exhibited true Olympic spirit. Congratulations on your medal! Nous sommes tous et toutes tres tres fiers de toi. Bon courage

    Comment by Ben (Montreal) — 26 February 2010 @ 09:25

  706. Joannie what can I say but that you should be extremely proud of yourself! As your mom would be.

    Having lost my mom earlier this year, and understanding the pain involved, I cannot help but be proud of you as a person and as a Canadian for continuing to take part in the Olympics despite the circumstances.

    What you’ve just accomplished demonstrates the qualities of a great person to me:

    Courage Heart Dedication Passion Strength

    I wish you and your family all the best in this difficult time.

    Comment by Ricchard Posner — 26 February 2010 @ 09:26

  707. Joannie,
    As a mom of 2 girls myself, I was so proud of you last night. Congratulations your mom was with you.
    I lost my Dad in December while I was buying a home, it was very hard for me because he knows so much about real estate, however I knew he would want me to be strong just like your mom.
    I wish you and your family the best during this very hard time.
    I llok forward to seeing you next year!!!!!

    Comment by Jeri Anne Keating USA — 26 February 2010 @ 09:29

  708. Dear Joannie,

    I just want you to know that I am praying for you during this very difficult time. I just watched your interview with the TODAY show.

    I really enjoyed watching you. It was hard. I cannot imagine how hard it was for you to have the strength and courage to go out and skate the way you did in the time you were going through! You mentioned that you had times that you just wanted to go home, I am so thankful you did not. You did an amazing job. You could tell it was from you heart and that you were doing it for your mom. I am sure the next few days are going to be very difficult but I will be praying for you through this time. God can be a great comfort during our hardest times.

    God bless you and your family!

    Comment by Nancy Mielke — 26 February 2010 @ 09:30

  709. Joannie, my heart goes out to you and your family in this truly difficult time. You showed so much poise, strength and love that I believe brought the entire world together united. No borders, boundaries or countries. We were all there with you, breathless and in awe of your strength and determination to go out onto that ice. Your two skates were truly inspirational to us all. Bronze on the podium, but golden in our hearts. Blessed be you and your family.

    Comment by John Gasco, Missouri U.S.A — 26 February 2010 @ 09:33

  710. The world stood in awe of your courage on the ice! May you find happiness and success in all that you do!

    Comment by J. Carter — 26 February 2010 @ 09:36

  711. Bonjour Incroyable et courageuse Joannie,
    Comme tu m’as émue lorsque je t’ai vue performer sur la glace et cela, malgré toute la peine que tu vis actuellement.
    Tu demeureras, dans mes pensées, un exemple de persévérance et de courage à tout épreuve…

    mille bravos Johannie… sans oublier mes sympathies à toi et ta famille.
    Je t’admire belle Joannie et tout le bonheur que tu mérites!

    Danielle xxxx

    Comment by Danielle Therrien — 26 February 2010 @ 09:37

  712. Joannie,
    I want you to know that you were everyone’s daughter last night.
    Your grace and courage has been an inspiration to a nation. You are truly a Canadian hero, someone I am so very proud to have my daughters look up to.
    Thank you for sharing yourself with us. We will never forget it. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Comment by Dianne — 26 February 2010 @ 09:37

  713. Felicitations Joannie. This was the only time I watched figure skating…and with a lump in my throat. We all admire what you did. My condolences. Wherever your Mom is, I’m sure she is proud. Bless you.

    Comment by robert — 26 February 2010 @ 09:37

  714. B R A V O !!!!!! Joannie pour ta belle performance tu es une fille tres courageuse et je suis certaine que ta mere es tres fier de toi et quelle te regardais avec une fierté incroyable le Canada es tres fier de toi

    encore B R A V O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Lucie Morrison — 26 February 2010 @ 09:38

  715. Dear Joannie Rochette,

    I am a 14 year old in Toronto. Last night, the figure skating that you did was unbelievable. It was breathtaking and inspired both my family and I. We are so happy that you chose to stay and compete and we were routing for you all the way. Because of you, I am inspired to continue my skating eventhough I am just starting and do not have any particular talent. I wish you all the best and Canada is very proud of you.

    Wish you all the best in the coming years.

    Caroline

    Comment by Caroline — 26 February 2010 @ 09:39

  716. Joannie, Canada is so proud of you. Your courage and grace are an example to people all over the world who watched you skate. Right now the bronze medal means so much less than the reasons you skated, but I hope that as time passes you can really enjoy the remarkable success that you and your mom achieved. I sat behind your mom at nationals in London four years ago and she was glowing with pride as she watched you – I know she is doing the same now.

    Comment by Margaret — 26 February 2010 @ 09:40

  717. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.May God comfort you during this difficult time.You have won the hearts of all Canadians. Congratulations on your bronze medal.It was well deserved.

    Comment by Moses Cordeiro — 26 February 2010 @ 09:41

  718. Joannie,

    My heart goes out to you in this very difficult time. Congratulations on your medal! Your mom would be extremely proud! And I know she is smiling down on you! :)

    You make me proud to be Canadian!

    Thanks and Cheers,

    Lindsay

    Comment by Lindsay Romanko — 26 February 2010 @ 09:45

  719. Dear Joannie,
    Words cannot do justice for what you have achieved in your short and long programs. The courage, dignity, determination, grace and focus you exhibited in a time of such great loss is truly remarkable. You have honored your beloved mother and given Canadians and the World a precious gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a true champion of the Olympics and the human spirit. May you go from strength to strength and be surrounded with love and kindness as you, your father, family and friends mourn the loss of your mother. I wish you all the best and take very good care of yourself.
    Love from an inspired & long time supporter.
    Ann

    Comment by Ann — 26 February 2010 @ 09:46

  720. I was so inspired by your performances this week in light of the tragedy. You are a true role model for your courage. You will always be a champion in my eyes. Your mother was guiding you from above

    Comment by Steve Townsend — 26 February 2010 @ 09:47

  721. DEAR JOANNIE,

    MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES UPON THE LOSS OF YOUR MOM. YOUR BEHAVIOUR DESERVES ALL MY RESPECT AND I WAS ABSOLUTELY HAPPY THAT YOU WON A OLYMPIC MEDAL ! CANADA CAN BE VERY PROUD OF YOU.
    I COME FROM GERMANY AND WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU / YOUR FAMILY TOUCHED ME DEEPLY.
    I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST – GOD BLESS YOU !

    WARMEST REGARDS
    JUERGEN

    Comment by JUERGEN STROH — 26 February 2010 @ 09:49

  722. Joannie ! Je suis fier de toi. Felicitation !
    -B. Best (Nashville Tennessee)

    Comment by Brenda Best — 26 February 2010 @ 09:49

  723. What a performance by a truly aspiring skater who has been a tower of strength and courage in the face of tough times…all the best to you and your father in the days to come…you are truly an inspirational to all of Canada….we are so proud of you Joannie

    Comment by Bruce Burlington Ontario — 26 February 2010 @ 09:52

  724. Joannie, I’ve followed your career from its outset. No one deserves this Olympic recognition more than you. You’ve truly inspired millions of viewers around the globe with your grace and dignity, courage under adversity, and – of course! – your remarkable talent as a skater. Watching your performances at the Olympics this week, I have been both moved to tears and exhilarated beyond belief. The true spirit of these Games rests like a cloak of stars around your shoulders. And your amazing mother has placed it there. You’ve done her proud!

    As a Canadian, I’m honoured to claim you as one of our own. As a human being, I feel privileged to have witnessed such a magnificent tribute to a daughter’s determination and a mother’s enduring love. We are all mortal, but some of us are able to miraculously transcend this fragile state. Then the candle-flame expands into a glorious light that illumines all shadows. This has happened here. Your story, even in the midst of grief, offers such brightness to us. We leap to our feet in amazement and hold you golden in our hearts.

    Blessings and Love from this fan in Nova Scotia!

    Brenda Tate
    Carleton, Yarmouth County

    Comment by Brenda Tate — 26 February 2010 @ 09:57

  725. You have inspired me to do better. My mother is currently dying and watching you this week has encouraged me to do more, to do better, to try harder and to honor my Mother and myself, just like you have. You have won our hearts and the whole country loves you. Thank you for helping me, you are a true, real inspiration and because of you, my grieving is a little easier.

    Comment by JR — 26 February 2010 @ 09:57

  726. Congratulations Sweetheart, on your bronze, well deserved. All the best for the future. Love Steve [From the UK] xx

    Comment by Steve Holweger — 26 February 2010 @ 09:58

  727. Dear Joannie, You make me proud to be Canadian! Thank you for your amazing performance and incredible bravery! Under the most difficult circumstances you have given a gift to Canada – a bronze medal in Women’s Figure Skating! For this you will be in the history books forever; but your courage and strength, and especially your generosity of spirit will be what I will remember even more.

    Comment by S. K. McIlroy — 26 February 2010 @ 09:58

  728. Joannie-
    Of all the Olympic performances, past and present, yours was the most “Golden”. I’ve never been so moved…my heart goes out to you in your time of loss. The whole world is so proud of you – if courage had been part of the judging criteria – the Gold would far and above been yours.
    Congratulations on the most inspiring performance in Olympic history – I am one American who will never forget it. Thank you for allwoing us to share in it.

    Comment by Jay Yost — 26 February 2010 @ 09:58

  729. IN MY 50 YEARS OF AGE, IN MY MANY YEARS OF WATCHING ICE SKATING, YOU ARE BY FAR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SKATER OF ALL TIMES! YOUR MOTHER CAN BE PROUD! YOU ARE THE VERY BEST! AND THIS IS AN AMERICAN TALKING!!! GOD BLESS YOU, JOANNIE!

    Comment by Joycelyn Colon-Mayo — 26 February 2010 @ 10:01

  730. Joannie Rochette,
    That name was not familiar to me before this olympics, but now it is ingrained in my memory. I can not even imagine the intestinal fortitude that it must have taken to compete this week. From a person who does not really follow skating, this is one of those stories that have really hit me with a sense of sorrow and after the long program a sense of joy, yes joy, that you did as well as you did. Congrats to you and good luck in future, from a hockey fan, now a figure skating follower.

    Comment by Jose — 26 February 2010 @ 10:03

  731. Dear Joannie,

    You have given the word “COURAGE” a different meaning to all who have followed these 2010 Olympics. You have given people around the world a “shot in the arm” regarding how to rise above adversity and achieve greatness. I know you strongly felt your Mom’s presence, and that was real, as I have felt my Mom with me on many occasions since her passing. THANK YOU for demonstrating a strength rarely seen. God Bless!

    Comment by Deb Morgan — 26 February 2010 @ 10:05

  732. You faced adversity and great pain to prove you are a champion.
    We mourn with you in silence on the passing of your Mother.
    God bless you.
    Don and Mary Anne

    Comment by Don and Mary Anne — 26 February 2010 @ 10:07

  733. You are simply an incredible young lady.

    Congratulations on your medal. I know your mom is looking down and smiling.

    It’s Canadians like you that make me proud to be Canadian.

    Comment by Steve Liakos — 26 February 2010 @ 10:08

  734. My deepest heartfelt Congratulations are extended to you Joannie. You are a true Olympian not only in our thoughts but you have touched the hearts of each and everyone in the world who speaks your name or reads your story ~ your courage and tenacity are second to none!
    Bless you Joannie, Bless your Dad, we watched his face as you skated your heart and soul for your mom and for the world to experience. Your Mom shone in every star above the venue last night; Joannie she was there more than ever.
    Take time to heal and time to love and God Bless you all!
    Thank you!

    Comment by Debbie Vander Houwen — 26 February 2010 @ 10:09

  735. Hello Joannie,

    I, like so many others, send my heartfelt condolences on the devastating loss of your mother and huge congratulations on your well deserved bronze medal. I read in a press release that you “don’t view yourself as a hero”. You couldn’t be further from the truth. You showed young people around the world that even in the midst of tragedy we can find strength within ourselves to rise up. In an era when so many young people want the easy road (and I know because I teach those young people!), you demonstrated what the Olympics stand for…perseverance, excellence, self-respect and dignity. For that you are a hero and there is no doubt your mom would be beaming with pride. Congratulations and may you now have to time with your family and friends to grieve the loss of and cherish the memories of, your mom.

    Kindest regards,
    Jenn Johnson

    Comment by Jenn Johnson — 26 February 2010 @ 10:10

  736. Felicotation Joannie, What you accomplished was the embodiment of the true olympic spirit.

    Comment by Pieri Maniffi — 26 February 2010 @ 10:11

  737. Dear Joannie,
    Just a short note to let you know that your performance under such intense sadness and pressure was an absolute joy to behold. Who says that big boys don’t cry? The tears flowed freely here.Your courage was inspirational and touched my soul.
    God bless you and protect you.
    Best wishes from Ireland
    Vincent

    Comment by Vincent Hughes — 26 February 2010 @ 10:15

  738. As an American male I don’t know much about skating, in fact I don’t know anything, but you are the toughest, most brave human being I’ve seen, on or off the ice, in quite some time. Watching you on that podium last night my wife and I marveled at your unfettered courage and determination. Congratulations, you are the most deserving of champions I have ever seen.

    Comment by Terry — 26 February 2010 @ 10:16

  739. Recently I lost my daughter to an accidental drug overdose. She was the same age as you and her mother and I had been divorced for many years. As I watched you skate I was comforted by witnessing that loving ,eternal, and spiritual bond you have with your mother. I am sorry for your loss but your performance was a moving and powerful comfort to me. Ultimately my daughter lost in her struggles to battle bi- polar disorder and Crohn’s. Your courage on the ice is a tremendous inspiration for me to deal with the heartache of loss.

    Comment by Robert P Jones — 26 February 2010 @ 10:17

  740. You are so inspiring. Keep on Skating! I wish you only the best.

    Comment by Hannah — 26 February 2010 @ 10:18

  741. Joannie,

    You won two medals last night: one bronze and one for bravery!

    Comment by Suzanne — 26 February 2010 @ 10:18

  742. Dearest Joannie –
    You are simply amazing, your grace and strength is what great Olympic stories are made of. Sending all of my love, thoughts, wishes and prayers to you and your family. Stay strong beautiful girl! So proud of your medal! Love from the State of Maine, US

    Comment by Katelyn M. Ryan — 26 February 2010 @ 10:19

  743. Joannie:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. No one can know the pain you are feeling. You are truly loved by all. We are proud to say you are CANADIAN! You are an amazing person. You showed great strength and determination. You are a true inspiration. You made the right decision to stay. As you know your mom would not have wanted anything different – you have made her so proud. She was with you every step of the way. Now is your time to start the healing process. It takes time but you will be okay. Your father obviously loves you very much be together and know that the world is with you.

    Take Care and we look forward to watching your next successes.

    Comment by Tracy — 26 February 2010 @ 10:19

  744. Joannie, in the eyes of all Canadians you are a champion. You are a perfect role model for our children to look up too. Sincere condolences on the loss of your mother, may her memory continue to be a source of inspiration to you.

    Comment by Ollie Laengerer — 26 February 2010 @ 10:22

  745. god bless you. your moms looking down and is so proud. your an amazing athlete.

    Comment by blare pierce — 26 February 2010 @ 10:22

  746. Joannie, My Most Heartfelt Congratulations! What A Wonderful Tribute To Your Mother!
    My Heart & Prayers Are With You Now & Always!
    I Wish You & Your Family Strength & Peace In The Coming Days!
    Love Now & Always!
    We Are All So Very Proud Of You!!

    Brenda

    Comment by Brenda — 26 February 2010 @ 10:27

  747. Dearest Joannie Rochette,

    You did extremely well at these past winter Olympic games. You also showed us great courage to compete at the Olympics, despite the recent loss of your mom. As a result, I wish you the very best for now and in the future.

    I wish there could be a chance for me to meet you, but due to my financial reasons – as well as your sudden boost in popularity – that is not possible. And so, as with anybody else, I can only show my support to you this way.

    You take good care now, and I hope to see you in 2014 at the Olympics in Sochi. Good luck.

    Russell Smith
    Mena, AR

    Comment by Russell Smith — 26 February 2010 @ 10:28

  748. Congratulations Joannie on your bronze medal. You strength and determination is amazing. You have made us all proud and, if I had the power, I would select you to carry our nation’s flag for the closing ceremonies.

    My condolences to your family – you are certainly and inspiration to us all and that medal is gold no matter how you look at it!

    Comment by Jay Callaghan — 26 February 2010 @ 10:29

  749. Joannie

    While nothing can compensate for the loss of your mother, I hope you can take some comfort in the knowledge that an entire country has hoisted you up onto its shoulders. We’re all very proud of you. Your amazing strength inspires us all.

    Comment by Andrew Stokes — 26 February 2010 @ 10:29

  750. Congratulations Joannie on your bronze medal. Your strength and determination is amazing – you are certainly and inspiration to us all and that medal is gold no matter how you look at it!

    You have made us all proud and, if I had the power, I would select you to carry our nation’s flag for the closing ceremonies.

    My condolences to your family.

    Comment by Jay Callaghan — 26 February 2010 @ 10:29

  751. Bronze??
    Your two performances were forged from the hardest steel.
    The mental-toughness that you have demonstrated is that of a true champion and you have honored your mother in front of the world.
    Please make sure that you have enough time to mourn your personal loss with your loved ones “out of the spotlight.” This type of a life event takes time to fully realize, as we must just live with it.
    Also, know that there are a lot of people- many like myself, who had never heard of Joannie Rochette until this week, who wish you our heart-felt condolences and well wishes to you and your family.

    Comment by P-Jay — 26 February 2010 @ 10:30

  752. Joannie,
    Girl, you have changed this country of Canada with your tenacious and beautiful spirit. More power to you! God bless you and bring healing to you and your family.
    Love and prayers,
    Tiarese

    Comment by Tiarese — 26 February 2010 @ 10:34

  753. Hi there Joannie
    Congratulations on your Olympic win. You are a class act. Under the circumstances you showed the world the professional you are. Your mother would be very proud. My condolences to you and your family. May all your dreams come true. God bless.
    Lots of luv from your fans in Aurora Ontario.
    Helen

    Comment by Helen Rodrigues — 26 February 2010 @ 10:36

  754. Joannie, my heart goes out to you. I hope you are very proud of what you’ve accomplished – a bronze medal – that’s impressive on it’s own, but to do it the way you have and under the pressure that you’ve been experiencing is truly inspiring to others.
    I also lost my mother suddenly at about the same age you are now, so I can really empathize with you and your father at this time.
    What you have done is amazing, and you can take comfort the rest of your life that she would indeed have been proud of you. Wear that medal proudly Joannie – you deserve it.
    Judy

    Comment by Judy — 26 February 2010 @ 10:36

  755. You defined what it means to be an Olympian.

    Best,
    Rick

    Comment by Rick — 26 February 2010 @ 10:36

  756. Joannie,

    As the mother of an only daughter, I know that you did exactly what your mother would have wanted you to do by determining to compete after her shocking death. I am so very thrilled that you won a medal, but as I mother, I know that you were her life’s prize and the fact that you demonstrated the courage and strength that, I am sure, she taught you to have was the greatest award and honor you could give to her memory. Your strength, grace and beauty are her legacy. Many prayers for you and your family.

    Comment by Darlene Wiggins Dockery, Newport News, VA, USA — 26 February 2010 @ 10:36

  757. Congratulations sweet heart, you did an amazing job and Canadians at home and away are so proud of you. You are a tough cookie to have performed under the stressful situation you found yourself in. I wish you all the best and hope that the strength you found to compete will remain with you in the difficult days ahead. My sympathies to you and all who loved your mom. *HUGGS*

    Comment by sonJa — 26 February 2010 @ 10:37

  758. Your country is so proud of you! A captivating performance, full of grace…

    Truly an eloquent and heartfelt interview this morning. Thank you for your leadership in the face of such heartbreak. My own daughter is lucky to have such a role model.

    Warm hugs and sincere condolences to you and your family from Manitoba

    Comment by Tricia Fines — 26 February 2010 @ 10:38

  759. Joannie,
    I cannot put into words how in awe I am of your tremendous courage and your incredible skating ability. You have done Canada and your mother extremely proud. She may not have been in the stands last night, but you know she was there with you at every moment. I just watched your interview with Bev and you are an amazing lady, skater and daughter. Congratulations to you. You and your family will remain in my prayers as you go through the days ahead with the incredible memories you have of your mother and her support of you. May you find comfort and strength from everyone around you and across this great country.
    Shelley Snoulten,
    Aurora, Ontario

    Comment by Shelley Snoulten — 26 February 2010 @ 10:40

  760. Joannnie, it is truly amazing how you drew the strength and determination required to lay down that medal performance! As a mother of 3, and someone who lost her own mother at age 20, I am in awe of your composure and ability to, as you said during your CTV interview, “seperate the athlete from the person”, get the job done and realize your goal of standing on the Olympic podium. I am now 51 and still think of my mother every day and can visualize what she would say or do in certain situations. Her love will be with you always, as will the love of your country. You inspire beyond words. Take care in the days and months ahead. I wish you and your family peace and time to heal.

    Comment by Kim — 26 February 2010 @ 10:40

  761. Joannie im so sorry for your loss of your mother its hard to lose a loved one. I am here in the United States watching and supporting you in the 2010 winter games. I wish you best of luck and my love and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Christian — 26 February 2010 @ 10:42

  762. Hi Joannie

    Congrats on your bronze medal!! I am not a figure skating fan but when you decided to compete and keep your dreams alive, I felt compelled to watch. You have become an inspriation to all and an amazing young lady. I too recently lost my Mom. We were really close and it is, as you know, the hardest thing I have ever had to face. I commend you for staying strong , carrying on with your Olympic dreams and keeping your composure while in the spotlight. My heart goes out to you, your Dad and family.

    Comment by Linda Sorensen — 26 February 2010 @ 10:42

  763. I am very sorry for your loss, i feel for your loss. i too lost my mom when i was 18. it is very hard. but you are very strong you will triumph in all that you do. i loved your skating it was emotional and beautiful.cheers to your bronze.again iam sorry for your loss and best wishes to you and family.

    Comment by mike — 26 February 2010 @ 10:45

  764. Joannie, you are an inspiration to everyone in the world. Not only as a figure skater but as a person. The strength you displayed while skating was just phenomenal. Watching your interview this morning and they played clips of you to the Olympic theme song “i Believe” and I got chills. It is like that song was written for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you so much for inspiring me. Thank you for representing Canada, We are so extremely proud of you!!! God Bless :o)

    Comment by Jennifer — 26 February 2010 @ 10:46

  765. Joannie your performance was a very courageous skate. My sincere congratulations on your medal. I know your mom would be looking down on you and smiling. Best wishes to Canada’s princess.

    Comment by Ken Burroughs — 26 February 2010 @ 10:46

  766. Joannie,
    I’ve never been much interested in figure skating, but happened to watch the Olympics this year, and was captivated by your performance. You’re beautiful, talented and tremendously courageous, truly an inspiration. Congratulations, and my deepest sympathy.
    Dave

    Comment by Dave W — 26 February 2010 @ 10:47

  767. Hello Ms. Rochette! I am Michael in Minnesota. I suppose you’ve heard it so very much, but please let me tell you personally how inspiring and transforming your long program performance was at the Olympics. I would really like to know the choice of music you made for your long program so that I can find it and buy it somewhere. Having said that, now I hope you will find it in your heart to permit me to share a very special moment with you with the hope and prayer that you will not only find comfort, but cause to rejoice in the midst of your significant loss….

    Ovation

    It was on a fall day when I stood at the window looking out at a beautiful Bradford Pear Tree. If you’ve never seen one, it grows tall and wide. Its leaves are very wide and hang at the end of their limbs kinda like cherries do. Not only that, but in the fall, they turn a brilliant gold color…quite a site to see. On this particular day, all the leaves had turned brightly golden. As I watched, the wind began to blow gently as the leaves wiggled together in the breeze. Soon the wind picked up and all the leaves began to almost dance rigorously together. You know what I saw??? No longer did I see just leaves blowing in the wind on a tree….not at all…what I saw was as it were, all the leaves applauding, almost in a standing ovation to God…..”Bravo! Bravo God! For the life you have given us!!!” All this just before they let go and died. I’ve heard you say how close you and your Mother were and I can see the closeness of you and your Dad. No doubt you have all built wonderful experiences together with all the emotions that come with it. I hope your Mother was much like these leaves and was able to give her own standing ovation , not only to God for His awsome gift of life and child, but that she was able to fly around with all the angels above rejoicing and applauding her wonderful, loving daughter paying tribute to God and the glorious life she’s been given. I join her in saying Bravo! Bravo God! For You have let me see and feel something wonderfully special these past few days and nights!

    Thank you, Ms. Rochette and God continue to bless you and your family and loved ones with unexpected surprises and untold joy always!

    Respectfully,
    Michael Gregory
    jgregmg@q.com

    Comment by Michael — 26 February 2010 @ 10:47

  768. Congratulations on winning your Olympic medal. That is an accomplishment that most of us can only fantasize about doing. Your performance truly earned a medal, which I felt that it deserved the silver but I am not a skater so my opinion doesn’t mean much.

    In July it will be three years from the date I lost my mother. She was 59 years old and was healthy, and was killed in a car accident. So I know how you are feeling right now. Losing our mothers unexpectedly is what makes it so hard. I can imagine how it was for you when skating. I imagine when you are skating thoughts of your mother come into your mind and then you begin to cry. For me it was when I was driving by myself thoughts of my mother would go through my mind and I would break down crying. I operate heavy construction equipment for a living and when I would operate a machine like a Bobcat thoughts of my mother would go through my mind and I’d burst into tears. Off-road motorcycling is the sport I’ve always had talent in. I am 40 now and don’t ride as often as I did twenty years ago. If my mother had died when I was in my twenties, when I spent most of my time on my bike, I can imagine what it would have been like. While riding, thoughts of my mother certainly would be entering my mind and I’d definitely burst into tears. I am not sure I would have been able to compete on my bike. So you are obviously stronger than me. You were able to compete through this and you did great. You have my admiration.

    I experienced what you are going through not too long ago, so I know the pain you are feeling right now. Even though I’ve been through it, it is still hard finding the right words to say. I remember that what was helpful was not really what people said, it was that people were showing that they cared. My hear to goes out to you. And I do care, just like all of your other fans. You are not alone.

    Comment by John Bergeson — 26 February 2010 @ 10:48

  769. You are my hero! You have reminded me that anything is possible. Your strength and courage has inspired millions. Love and peace to you.

    Comment by Jennifer Nelson — 26 February 2010 @ 10:49

  770. Congratulations Joannie … your mother is so proud of you!

    Comment by Christine Rausch — 26 February 2010 @ 10:50

  771. I, like the rest of Canada, am so proud of you. Stay strong Joannie. <3

    Comment by Mat Boutet — 26 February 2010 @ 10:53

  772. Joannie,You are absolutely the most amazing,courageous,strongest young woman! Your performance on the ice this whole week should be an inspiration to everyone. Your mother was right there with you through it all! None of us will ever know the reason’s why bad things happen to good people,but I hope you keep faith that God has your mother in His loving arms! I called both of my children (ages 23 & 28) this week to have them watch you ,they did & told me this morning what an Awesome Inspiration you are to them! God Bless You & Your Family at this very difficult time,& We do Thank You for lighting up our lives this week,you are truly amazing & beautiful also,I’m praying for you to have peace,love & nothing but the best in the years to come,Best of Everything once again,& Thank You for showing us your beautiful spirit!Mary

    Comment by Mary — 26 February 2010 @ 10:54

  773. Joannie, I send my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. You are a very strong and courageous woman to go forward with skating at the Olympics. Congratulations on the win and your goal! You should be very proud winning the bronze! Even with bronze, you are a true hero and winner! Your mom was watching over you and always will be. She would be very proud of you, STAY STRONG JOANNIE! I’m so proud of you!!

    Your story has touched my heart in a big way, I used to be a figure skater for CPA Hull and it takes a lot to do what you did on Thursday. All the best!!

    Take it one day at a time.<3
    With all the love and support
    Jess, Ottawa, ON

    Comment by Jesseca — 26 February 2010 @ 10:54

  774. Joannie,

    You should be so proud of yourself!! I’m sure your Mom is very proud of her little girl! The World is totally behind you!!
    Continue to do what you do, because you shine! Great Job!!
    Rich – Buffalo, NY

    Comment by Richard Carlson — 26 February 2010 @ 10:55

  775. Dear Joannie

    Both my wife and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your Dad. I watched you last night and I was extremely proud of you for the courage that you showed. The medal that you won was a gold in our hearts and we can never thank you enough for the wonderful skate. Your Mum will always be with you all you have to do is to call on her and she will be there for your support. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. God bless and keep you and your family and help you through these diffficult times

    Comment by Patrick and Sandra Porter — 26 February 2010 @ 10:56

  776. Dearest Joannie,

    With every breath you take, your mom is with you, watching over you, now and for the rest of your life. Canada mourns with you, the loss of your beloved mother and best friend.

    I am an only child too, and losing my mom was one of the most difficult times in my life. Now, seven years have passed, and there is not a day goes by when I do not talk to my mom. Your mom will always be watching over you and your dad. Look for the signs she will be sending you, letting you know she is right by your side. Look with an open heart Joannie, and you will see her presence surrounding you in everything you do.

    You have made us all so proud to be Canadian. You are representative of the true Olympic spirit. Congratulations and love to you and your family.

    Lyn

    Comment by Lyn — 26 February 2010 @ 10:57

  777. Congratulations Joannie on your medal performance. I thought you finding the inner strength to compete and perform this past week so inspiring. It’s a testament to you and your character of your upbringing. Myself and Canada are so proud of you and all the athletes who represent us!

    I had a similar situation as you with my Uncle back in 2004. We were very close. Our shared passion was golf and at times on the golf course since then something really good will happen and I can’t help but think I am getting some help from above :)

    The best thing is that your mom will never be too far from your heart and will be with you always.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope all the support and love that surrounds you comforts you.

    Comment by Wes — 26 February 2010 @ 10:57

  778. Joannie – I just saw your interview on CTV – you are an amazing and gracious woman. You are an inspiration to so many, and it was thrilling to see you skate so well, for you and for your mom and family.

    I just wanted to send out my thoughts to you and your family. Enjoy your bronze medal – such an amazing accomplishment….may God Bless you now and always.

    Thanks again for inspiring us and for giving the world this gift. I am proud and honoured to be a fellow Canadian.

    Salut!

    Comment by SB — 26 February 2010 @ 10:57

  779. Joannie,
    I am a 57 yr old heart attack survivor, and i must tell you that you are an inspiring young lady, and a credit to all of us. Your Mother I am sure is extremely proud of you. You achieved amazing success, with incredible pressure. Your Dad, You, and your entire family I assume will now take time to grieve, but never forget how proud you made everyone feel. i wish you every success in whatever you should decide to challenge yourself with next.
    Yours very sincerely,
    Tom

    Comment by Tom S Morrow — 26 February 2010 @ 10:58

  780. Joannie,
    You are truly an inspiration to all Canadians and to all those who love the sport of Figure skating. Your courage and bravery to face the spotlight and compete at such a difficult time in your life is inspiring to everyone! Your mother would be so proud of everything you have achieved just as every Canadian in the stands and watching on TV is! You may have won the bronze medal but to us Canadians you are truly golden!
    Stay strong,
    Darla

    Comment by Darla Hilhorst — 26 February 2010 @ 11:00

  781. Dear Joannie,
    You are an inspiration to the world. Your mother would be so proud. I know I am. You skate with the skill of a champion, yet retain such humility and grace in the public eye. You’ve won the admiration and support of the entire planet, and you’ve stolen my heart.

    Much Love,

    Kevin

    Comment by Kevin — 26 February 2010 @ 11:00

  782. Congratulations Joannie on your very courageous performances that were the greatest tribute to your mother. You are a true Olympian and an inspiration to the world. My heartflet sympathy to you and your family. You are in my heart and prayers.

    Comment by Marcy Rice — 26 February 2010 @ 11:01

  783. Dear Miss Rochette – Our deepest sympathy and condolances to you, your father and your entire family on the sudden loss of your mother. And our sincere respect and admiration are yours for the courage and strength you found within yourself and displayed on the ice with your medal winning performance! You are truly a shining example of what the spirit and the purpose of the Olympics should be! I know every heart went out to you from those who watched you dedicate yourself to your mother and your country. Your tears were equallly matched as eyes all over the world watched you pour your heart out! Congratulations!

    Comment by jack & patricia lynch — 26 February 2010 @ 11:03

  784. Joannie, the words that your fans have expressed here will not only console you and your family in this most difficult of times, but also bring a feeling of togetherness to those who now know you. The whole world was watching, and with all the strength of your mother and father, you gave us all exactly what we knew you would give. The medal is bronze, but the performance was golden.

    Comment by Jon Bass — 26 February 2010 @ 11:05

  785. Joannie,
    Tu es formidable, une inspiration pour plusieurs.
    Féliciations pour ta médaillde bronze. Toutefois tu mérites bien plus que ça! Tu nous a renversé avec ta grace et ton courage. Nous pensons à toi de tout coeur et nous t’envoyons toute la force possible pour les prochains jours et semaine à venir.

    Bravo, bravo, bravo. Tu es et sera toujours exceptionnelle.

    Valérie et Patrick
    Beloeil

    Comment by Valérie Comeau — 26 February 2010 @ 11:06

  786. Dearest Joannie: I extend my heartfelt and deepest sympathy to you and your family on the death of your mother. I could see in your face and in your eyes all the sorrow and tragedy as you skated in Vancouver. My heart truly goes out to you. Felicitations on winning Bronze. You skated beautifully.

    Comment by Maureen — 26 February 2010 @ 11:07

  787. Joannie, congratulations on your Bronze Medal! You were absolutely amazing and I think that everyone who watched you skate was moved to tears….
    The following little blurb found its way to me when I was going through some really rough times and I found much comfort from it. So I would like to pass these words on to you:

    I can imagine that from your perspective, it must seem like some truly awful things happen in time and space.

    You live in a world of illusions. A world that springs from a much deeper and far greater reality. And while at times the illusions are indeed ugly, with your physical senses you only see the tip of the iceberg. If you could see the whole, you’d discover that the unpleasantness was only the tiniest piece of a most spectacular puzzle that was created with order, intelligence, and absolute love. You’d see that contrary to appearances, in the grandest scheme of things, nothing is ever lost, no one becomes less, and setbacks are always temporary. And you’d understand that no matter what has happened, everyone lives again, everyone laughs again, and everyone loves again, even more richly than before.
    ~Best of luck to you in all you do.

    Comment by Melanie — 26 February 2010 @ 11:13

  788. Joannie;

    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue to be with you long after the Olympics are over. Nothing comes close to the grief of losing a parent. Your professionalism and gracefulness through this experience is a testiment to your strength as a person. Your mother and father have raised a very special person. Your mom is proud of you as are all Canadians. We thank you.

    Comment by Sarah Patrick -- Toronto — 26 February 2010 @ 11:18

  789. Inspirational is the only word that comes remotely close to the impression imprinted in my heart as I watched you skate at the Olympics. Truly, you are a warrior of love and perseverance, compassionate and beautiful woman, the example you have set is a gift to the rest of us. I earnestly pray that any grief weighing upon your heart does not dwell for long, that in your moments of inspiration your intuition recognizes the presence of your mother within you, sharing through you all the beauty that will encompass your life.

    Comment by Kevin — 26 February 2010 @ 11:19

  790. Joannie,

    Je tiens à t’offrir mes sincères félicitations pour avoir obtenue ta médaille de bronze malgré toute la douleur et la peine que tu portes dans ton coeur. Je n’ai aucun doute que ta mère était à tes côtés pendant ton programme d’hier soir. J’ai aucun doute non plus qu’elle est encore et sera toujours présente à tes côtés pour continuer à t’inspirer, te guider et t’aimer comme elle l’a fait pendant toute sa vie. Bon courage Joannie!

    Comment by Paulette — 26 February 2010 @ 11:21

  791. Congratulations on your wonderful performance. You are very courageous young woman. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your famiily.

    Comment by George& Sharon Wright — 26 February 2010 @ 11:25

  792. Although I have not followed your career at all I have been touched by the events in your life in the past week. You are a woman to be proud of, and as a Mom, I think you made a great choice to go on in memory of your Mom. I’m sure she was there in spirit and skated right along with you. Congratulations! Well Done.

    Comment by Nancy — 26 February 2010 @ 11:25

  793. Joannie, you are an inspiration to everyone in the world. Not only as a figure skater but as a person. The strength you displayed while skating was just phenomenal. Watching your interview this morning and they played clips of you to the Olympic theme song “i Believe” and I got chills. It is like that song was written for you, and whenever I hear it I will think of you always. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you so much for inspiring me. Thank you for representing Canada, We are so extremely proud of you!!! God Bless :o)

    Comment by Jennifer Stewart — 26 February 2010 @ 11:26

  794. Joannie,
    I watched your long program last night & I have to tell you how inspired I was by your performance then and on Tuesday in the short. I’ve been watching figure skating since I was a little kid, and I’ve never been so affected by a skater as I was by you. I very much admire the great strength and determination you’ve shown; this week, you did something that most of us could never dream of accomplishing. Just stepping out on the ice was an achievement, but you went above and beyond all expectations. I’m sure you know that your performance was worth so much more than a bronze medal. Congratulations not only on your finish, but also on winning the hearts of the world. Everyone is behind you; we all support you.

    Best of luck in the days and weeks and months that follow; my prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you for teaching me, and so many other people, so much this week.

    Kerry, New Jersey, USA

    Comment by Kerry — 26 February 2010 @ 11:31

  795. Our dear Joannie,

    Congratulations on your superhuman efforts and achievements this week. You are everyone’s hero in the most important way imaginable. I’m sure that throughout your career, you thought about inspiring girls to pursue their dreams. What happened this week is so much larger than that. As a result of the tragedy you endured, you showed all Canadians and the entire world the true meaning of courage, strength, resilience and determination.

    All of us are so proud of you and rejoice with you as you accomplished what you and your family have worked so hard for. As you take time to grieve together, please know that all of us send you our love and our prayers, and that the incredible lesson you taught us will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

    Celia

    Comment by Celia — 26 February 2010 @ 11:36

  796. Dear Joannie

    What an amazing woman you are – such courage and such an inspiration to not only all Canadians but to the whole world. We were there when you skated your short program and were in awe of what you have accomplished – your mother would be so proud! During your long program I hope our thoughts and the thoughts of the nation helped hold you up and carry you through – I am sure each and everyone of us would have skated that program for you if we could! Such dignity and grace, a true champion in every way – such heart! Your performances were such honor and tribute to your mother and everything you both strived for over the years! Know that our thoughts are with you and your family during this time and in the months ahead. Your country and nation is so proud of you! God Bless and help you through the days ahead!

    Comment by Marty Kurpershoek — 26 February 2010 @ 11:37

  797. Dear Joannie,

    Last night as you glided over the ice during your long program there was something about you, that the other competitors did not have. Yes the other women, along with you, had skill, talent and technical excellence; however you radiated: Strength, passion, beauty and grace. I thank you for the privilege of being a witness to your gift. And I thank your mother for giving all of Canada the opportunity to appreciate her legacy. Congratulations Joannie … well done!

    Comment by Donald Gallant — 26 February 2010 @ 11:38

  798. Joannie,

    A most heartfelt congratulations on your performance last night and winning a most spectacular BRONZE MEDAL. You not only inspired a whole nation which is most proud of you but the entire world. This was bar none the greatest Olympic moment of all time and I am sure all your family, friends and fans echo my remarks above.

    With sympathy for your loss, but love with your accomplishment.

    C

    Comment by Corey Hurwitz — 26 February 2010 @ 11:39

  799. Joannie,

    There are no words, in French or English, that can take away the pain you are feeling for the loss of your mother. There is nobody who can say “I know how you feel,” because each of us expresses grief in our own way.

    You are such an amazing young lady…..your poise, grace and dignity in the face of such pain is something many people strive for all their lives and never achieve. You have been thrust in the the spotlight, not only for your loss but for your beautiful skating. Your ability to hold back your grief and do what you know your mother would have wanted you to do – skate and skate well.

    Your mother raised an AMAZING daughter……you should be as proud of yourself as your mom was, and still is, of you. Now, even though your mom isn’t here with you physically, she’s with you in spirit. But you are not motherless…….you are the daughter of every mother that watched you this past week. You are the child of every family that has heard your story. You and your father and all members of your family are now members of OUR families, as well.

    “May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
    And until we meet again,
    May G-d hold you in the palm of his hand.”

    Be well…..and remember how much your mother loved you in life and continues to do so.

    With all our love,
    Elyssa, Andrew and Dori Ilana Brecher
    Springfield, VA USA

    Comment by Elyssa — 26 February 2010 @ 11:41

  800. Joannie, congratulations on your medal (though I have publicly said that I thought you deserved the silver!), and my compliments on your courageousness during what is obviously a very diffiicult time for you. My sincerest sympathy at your loss, and greatest wishes for whatever you do next. You are a shining example to all your fans, and I am sure you have inspired millions with your performance this week in Vancouver.

    Comment by Rob Donner — 26 February 2010 @ 11:43

  801. Dear Joannie,

    Thank you for your inspirational performances this past week. Your strength and poise during such a difficult time have been an example to us all. Although other Canadian athletes have brought home our first gold medals on home turf, I am most impressed by and proud of your incredible accomplishment. Most people would not have the determination to go on, but by doing so, I believe you have truly honoured your mother in a very meaningful way.

    I hope the coming weeks will bring you the time you need to begin your healing process, to give and find support with your loved ones, and to think of yourself first. My thoughts are with you and your family and close friends.

    With sincere sympathy,

    Megan J.

    Comment by Megan J. — 26 February 2010 @ 11:44

  802. Joannie

    My heartfelt wishes for you, Congratulations on your wonderful performance yesterday. You are a Star burning bright, what an awesome tribute to your mother who I believe was watching over you and will continue to watch over you. May the memories and good times you shared together be bright in your mind and heart always.
    You have been in my prayers, I have asked that you and your dad find strength through this hard time.

    Comment by Teresa — 26 February 2010 @ 11:44

  803. I am very proud to be Canadian because of you. You made every Canadians very proud and i know that your mom would be proud of you. my sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time in your life.

    Comment by Stephanie Bellingham — 26 February 2010 @ 11:47

  804. Hi Joannie,
    You are such a lovely skater, you’ve been one of my favorites since I can remember…I was so glad you managed to gather yourself and do your programs…and boy did you ever! You should be so proud of yourself…it was a great skate. I am so sorry about your mom, and I think it’s lovely you remembered how she taught you to be tough, during a really hard time. I wish you and your family the very best…Thanks Joannie!

    Comment by Emily — 26 February 2010 @ 11:48

  805. Joannie!! You are amazing. I am a Canadian living in Japan and I watched your performance outside a noodle shop this afternoon on my lunch break. You had an audience outside the shop all cheering you on! Your strength and courage are absolutely awe inspiring. I felt it this afternoon, all the way in Kyoto!!! I too was a competitive figure skater and lost my mother while having to compete (nationally, NOT internationally like you!!!) You are an absolute inspiration to us all and the things that I will absolutely remember from this Olympics are your strength, courage and determination. You are a champion!!!!! Felicitations belle Joannie!!!! Je suis fiere de toi!!!!!

    Comment by Jennifer Marshall — 26 February 2010 @ 11:52

  806. Joannie,

    My condolences on the loss of your Mom.
    Thank you for skating in the Olympics despite your heartache.
    You know your Mom is proud of you, to say the very least. Your performance was deeply touching and immensely inspiring. My thoughts of peace will be with you in the coming days.
    Congratulations on your medal!

    Comment by Frank — 26 February 2010 @ 11:52

  807. Dear Madam Rochette,
    Like many here in Canada and around the world, I am very proud of your accomplishments. You are an insperation for many young boys and girls to purse their dreams. Infact, you are an inspiration to everyone who faces such a difficult situation. I wish you all the best in your future!!!
    -Dennis Jameson

    Comment by Dennis Jameson — 26 February 2010 @ 11:53

  808. You are an inspiration too all. Our prayers go out too you and your family.

    Gary and Eileen Wilson

    Comment by Gary Wilson — 26 February 2010 @ 11:54

  809. Congratulations and I wish you all the best to you! The strength and courage you have demonstrated throughout this past week is amazing. I was cheering you on all week from my living room.

    Comment by Lydia Big George — 26 February 2010 @ 11:57

  810. Joannie….
    Let it be known that you are what this great country is all about courage,strength,bravery and triumph….
    I am just an ordinary canadian like so many out there but it should also be known I stood in my living room and claped my hands at your performances , both after your short program, and your long program..
    Canada is so proud of their skating Princess….

    god bless

    tim

    Comment by Tim Weisgerber — 26 February 2010 @ 11:57

  811. Dear Joannie

    Several years ago, I lost my father. He was 71. I cannot imagine losing a parent who was 55. Or being so much in the public eye. To combine that with winning a medal in the Olympics, you are a very brave woman. All of Canada is proud of you. And your mother, may she rest in peace, is undoubtably looking from heaven at the daughter that would make her and the entire skating proud.

    Comment by John King — 26 February 2010 @ 11:58

  812. Dearest Joannie:

    First, please accept my deepest of sympathies on the sudden passing of your beloved Mom. I know she is smiling down upon you sitting next to God our Father.

    CONGRATULATIONS, on your Bronze Medal. I don’t know anyone who deserves it more than you!!! The courage, strength, endurance and maturity you have shown during this very difficult week is a testament to your amazing character.

    Go forward with your life, with your Dad and be happy Joannie, you DESERVE IT!

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Louise
    Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Louise, Ontario, Canada — 26 February 2010 @ 11:58

  813. I am so proud of you!! Please accept a big hug from me. You are true Olympian – you displayed class, grace, courage, strength and bravery. Bravo to you. Please know that you have our love and support. May the force always be with you. And congratulations on the bronze – what a sweet, sweet outcome to a gut-wretching emotional journey. Bravo!

    Comment by SCD417 — 26 February 2010 @ 12:02

  814. Mes pensées et prieres sont avec toi.

    Comment by Janine — 26 February 2010 @ 12:03

  815. Joannie,

    Never think that you can’t thank your mother or say hello. Over the years you will find yourself talking to her, sharing events and tragedies, just like she is on the other end of the phone or facing you. She will always be listening – remember this and draw great strength from the woman who gave you life and believed unconditionally in everything you did. She is still cheering for you and will be for the rest of your life! God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Pam Darling — 26 February 2010 @ 12:06

  816. Cher Joannie, my deepest sympathies goes to you, your dad and friends and family.
    What you accomplished this week is more than anyone can imagine. You were more golden than anybody else at the Games. The whole world stopped to watch your short and long programs; tv commentators, too choked up too comment on how you were doing on the ice, were silent throughout your skate; fellow athletes, the crowd in the arena, coaches and the world had a tough time holding back the tears – many couldn’t, and nor did they want too. For you transcended the Games unlike any I know of – you are the Champion of the World, truly an inspiration to all of us.

    Comment by Bob / Toronto — 26 February 2010 @ 12:07

  817. Dearest Joannie,

    My heart goes out to you on the passing of your dear mother. I had the same experience when I was 22, my dear father died of an unexpected massive heart attack, I was so torn up I did not know what to do, then I remembered as you did how our parents taught us to be strong and that helped to get me through. I watched you skate all through the Olympics and believe me you were wonderful and your mother would be very proud of you. Even though your mom has left this earth she will always live on in the hearts of those who knew her and loved her.
    I wish you the best and will be looking for you in the next olympics.
    God Bless you and your Dad

    Your Special Friend…….Brenda L Steigerwald
    USA——-Canton,Ohio

    Comment by Brenda L Steigerwald — 26 February 2010 @ 12:07

  818. Joannie,

    all the best, and my most heartfelt congratulations to you and yours.

    your story is most emotionally touching and inspiring, and we could not be more proud of what you accomplished.

    you are truly a canadian hero, and the memories of you this past week, will live on forever in my heart.

    your bronze medal means more, than a gold medal in men’s hockey ever could!

    i was truly touched and brought to tears by your story, and wish you love, health and happiness in whatever the future may bring.

    Brad

    Comment by brad — 26 February 2010 @ 12:07

  819. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on winning Bronze!

    I stayed up both nights late to watch your performance. I was in tears the whole time watching you. Not only for your beautiful routine, but I could see behind your eyes the pain of losing someone so special. While the determination so show your mother (watching down) the dream you both had to win a medal at the Olympics. You made your mother proud, with the rest of us in Canada.

    You are a Shining Star! So selfless to go on on when others wouldn’t have. Your mother must have been a truly wonderful special woman for she has created a truly beautiful special daughter.

    May your mother live in your heart forever! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your father through this very difficult time.

    With Love
    Cindy

    Comment by Cindy L from Milton ON — 26 February 2010 @ 12:09

  820. Felicitations!
    What an incredible role model you are to young people, and anyone, really. You have faced incredible adversity with such determination and grace.
    Quelle courage!
    Nos prieres sont avec toi and ta famille.

    Comment by Anna — 26 February 2010 @ 12:09

  821. When you said your mother was your best friend I knew exactly what you meant. I am an only child and my mother was my best friend too. She passed at the age of 59 so I know what you are going through. The grace and strength you have shown this week was inspiring. Congratulations on your truly amazing performance and God bless.

    Comment by Pat — 26 February 2010 @ 12:13

  822. Congratulations Joannie on such a wonderful preformance. You are such a strong and inspirational women and I am proud to be Canadian watching you skate. The theme of these Olympics is “Believe”, and I just want to let you know that you lived up to that term to the fullest. Not only did you believe in yourself in such a hard time in your life, but we as Canadains believed in you as well as your #1 believer; your Mom.
    I wish you all the best in your skating future, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

    Tara
    (New Brunswick)

    Comment by Tara Gass — 26 February 2010 @ 12:17

  823. Dear Joannie. Congratulations on all your achievements and for winning a medal in our Olympics. You skate so magnificently and your poise and grace outshines all the awards. My sincere condolences to you and your family in your time of grieving for your mum. Wishing you continued success. Best, Carolyn Stockbridge, Vancouver.

    Comment by Carolyn Stockbridge — 26 February 2010 @ 12:18

  824. Dear Joannie:

    Congratulations on winning your bronze medal- it might well be gold the way you went out & earned it last night under trying circumstances. You did Canada proud. Who said gold medalists have to finish first? Way to go Joannie!

    Comment by Kevin Chan — 26 February 2010 @ 12:19

  825. Hi, dear Joannie! Sweetheart! I’m your fan. Congratulations! I saw your skating. You are very amazing! Your skating program cool! I sincere condolences about your mom! My heart mourn with you. You have much strength! You are so beautiful, refined girl. I wish you and your family joy! I strong believe, that you will be happy. Your mom proud of you. And I think that your bronze medal is GOLD in real!
    Bless you God.
    Nataly. Russia.

    Comment by nataly — 26 February 2010 @ 12:19

  826. Joannie, Congratulations on winning Bronze at the Olympics. My heartfelt condolences on the sudden tragic loss of your mother. You showed great grit and determination in going on with your skate even with all that has been going through your mind. You have done your family and all of Canada proud, now you can deal with the feelings that you have had to put on hold. It is tragic what happened to your mother, I know how you feel as I just lost my father a month ago. I found that it helped me to remember all the great things we did together. You will never forget her, she be be with you in your heart always. Again as a fellow canadian thank you for the memories you gave us. Good Luck in the future.

    Comment by Howard Wallace — 26 February 2010 @ 12:20

  827. Dear Joannie Rochette I am an american but now I feel like I am from Canada. What you did took more courage than most people could ever do. I have served in my military for 21 years and I feel like you have more courage than me. I wanted you to have a medal even if it met an American had to lose. If I had the power I would give you a GOLD MEDAL for what you did. You deserve the GOLD. You are what these games are about. May GOD bless you and your family and I know that when you skated your mom was there and in your heart. We love you Joannie and hope for the best for you. May you find peace and confort through these terrible times. GO CANADA!! GO JOANNIE ROCHETTE!!!

    Comment by Mr. Mike Trout — 26 February 2010 @ 12:21

  828. Congratulations on your bronze medal. Your courage to skate makes any medal, any achievement in your life beyond even winning ‘a gold’. You are so young to inspire, but you have done just that to a nation and to a world.

    We all love you, Joannie. You will always fullfill your dreams, and you have taught a country that all of its citizens can too!

    Comment by E. Graham — 26 February 2010 @ 12:22

  829. That was pure gold in my eyes. Great job!

    Chris from Vegas

    Comment by Chris R — 26 February 2010 @ 12:23

  830. Dearest JOANNIE,

    I am so proud of you! You brought tears in my eyes as I did read the news on your mom’s sudden demise, and then again, as I watched you performed for the winter Olympics 2010. I could feel your heartbeat, your tightened lips, the strong emotions dancing inside and out. You did it! You won! You are courageous, brave, strong and not to forget, a woman of great talents. Hats off to you, JOANNIE! I am an American but I feel so proud of you, of what you have done for your country, the best give of it all is for your family, and for your mom, most especially. Here in SAN FRANCISCO, we celebrate your winnings!!!! And we thank you for teaching the world over that love begets love, that hard work pays off, and that- a young woman as beautiful and gifted as you could stir strong emotions of faith, hope and love. These- makes you a great model for all seasons. Cheers and blessings to you!

    -BECHA in San Francisco, CA- USA

    Comment by Becha J Peterson — 26 February 2010 @ 12:28

  831. Joannie, what did did last night and two nights before was the bravest thing I have ever seen. You may have won Bronze at the Olympics, but you won Gold in the hearts of your fans and Canadians.

    I wasn’t really a fan of figure skating. I knew it was a tough sport. After hearing what you went through, it made me watch figure skating more closely. It’s amazing what you do out there. And not only did you do that, but you did it under the worst circumstances I can imagine.

    Be proud of what you did. You are an amazing Woman, and my hat comes off to you. Thank you for being strong.

    Comment by Victor J — 26 February 2010 @ 12:30

  832. Je vous prie de bien vouloir accepter mes sincères condoléances. Tous mes voeux vous accompagnent

    Comment by Neil — 26 February 2010 @ 12:31

  833. Tu es une inspiration !!!!! Non seulement pour le monde du patinage artistique mais pour ton courage et ta détermination.

    Mes pensés sont avec toi et ta famille.

    Comment by Nancy — 26 February 2010 @ 12:33

  834. ……like your Mom said about your triple lutz…close your eyes and create it in your mind…….now close your eyes and find that your Mom is there just as close as ever. Be still and you will hear her.
    Your spirt and your effort are GOLD …..even if the medal is bronze, we all see it as Gold! Thankyou for being an inspiration to MANY!

    Comment by Lauren — 26 February 2010 @ 12:34

  835. Well Joannie, You were truly amazing and inspirational. We don’t know the full nature of the strength we have inside ourselves until it is tested – I’m so sorry you had to be tested this way, at this time.
    I believe the challenges that come to us are meant to happen & our goal in life is to overcome each & everyone (big/med/small) this is how we grow to our full potential. You obviously would like to have never had this happen – but your mother, I’m sure, is looking down on you and is VERY proud of how you have handled this challenge (a few challenges in all of this I guess) so far.
    Just skating for yourself, you family and your mom is an Olympic Medal – congratulations – you did yourself and your family, especially your mother SO proud. You also are, whether you like it or not :), an inspiration to millions of people on how we can draw strength and overcome obstacles/challenges in life to grow & move forward.

    p.s. – we were watching your skate last night in the Calgary airport – JUST got off the plane from T.O. and everyone was glued to the TV’s and cheered at the end of your skate AND when the results came in – a woman with children said to them “remember we watched Joannie the other night? She just won a medal!” and this lady and I embraced each other with a heartfelt hug because we were overwhelmed and relieved for you.

    Now is time for you & your family/friends: All the best, you WILL carry your mom in your heart always as I carry my dad in my heart. NOW I can smile & feel joy & strength when I think of him – I still miss him but that IS life…. I know, in time, you will be able to smile – for now grieve in the way you must.
    BIG HUG !
    Stephanie (Calgary)

    Comment by Stephanie Leach — 26 February 2010 @ 12:35

  836. You are truly an amazing individual. I am so proud of you. Your effort in both the short and the long programs brought tears to my eyes.

    I wish you the best in the coming days.

    Comment by Robin Kilroy — 26 February 2010 @ 12:37

  837. I admire you for your grace, poise and strength, and I am so sorry for your loss. You have so much to be proud of, and I wish you all the best.

    Comment by Andrea Quinn — 26 February 2010 @ 12:37

  838. Chère Joannie,
    Mes sincères sympathies. Je suis fière d’être Canadienne. Un gros merçi pour ton courage tu ne peux t’immaginer comment tu m’as inspiré et aider. Bon courage je pense à toi!

    Comment by Louise Larose — 26 February 2010 @ 12:37

  839. First of all I would just like to send our deepest sympathy to you and your family and friends on the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time of your life. It sounds like you were lucky enough to have a great relationship with her and I’m sure she knew how important she was in your life, which is such a blessing. Secondly, as a Canadian, and as a woman, I am so incredibly proud and impressed by how prepared you were to skate and do your best in your chosen sport, obviously skating has been your passion and it shows. You are an amazing representative of your country and Canadians are oh so proud. And lastly your dignity is truly an inspiration to me, I am much older than you are, but I will hold you as a role model in my life, and I really feel that my daughter would be wise to hold you as a role model in her life as well. She is only 7 and if she grew up to be like you in any part I would be a proud, proud mom. Time and your families love and support will start to heal the hurt you are feeling now, and I send best wishes and many blessings for you in your future.

    Comment by Wendy Schaub — 26 February 2010 @ 12:40

  840. You made both of your parents very proud. Your courage is inspirational. Congratulations on your medal.

    Comment by Betty — 26 February 2010 @ 12:42

  841. You are a true inspiration to all Canadians. Your dedication and commitment despite the hardship you have been through proved how solid of a woman and proud Canadian you are. You have all my support and respect. And remember that no matter what medal you are coming back with, it is a true Canadian victory. God bless you dear.

    Comment by Mohammed Abdelghani — 26 February 2010 @ 12:42

  842. I’M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR MOM. I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW WELL YOU DID
    LAST NIGHT!!!!! CONGRAT’S HOPE YOU CAN FIND THE TIME TO E-MAIL ME BACK. HOPE SOOO!!!! ONCE AGAIN CONGRAT’S….

    Comment by DAVID KLEIN — 26 February 2010 @ 12:44

  843. hi joannie,i lost my mum when i was 26 just near your age and at the time i was a professional snooker player and my mum was my biggest fan and was the one who kept encouraging me on and on and it was such a blow for me in the mother and supporter way,as i wasnt famous i never had outside support so its great that you have worldwide support from your fans,although of course you need to have your private grieving to do,all i can say is you will in time feel less pain but its something you never get over but thats a good thing in life as we dont want to get over the loss of the most special person ever in our life,i wasnt a skating fan although im such a sport watcher and player but i now will watch and follow your skating cause you are an insperation to people the way you handled the situation it was amazing,feel free to email me anytime if you want to talk and i would be glad to help you through the tough times as much as i can.lots of love and thoughts to you and your dad and family xxx alastair

    Comment by Alastair fleming — 26 February 2010 @ 12:45

  844. As a child, the various athletes I considered my hero at any given time were too numerous to count. Now as an adult, and after your performance these past few days, I can safely say that number has been narrowed to one.

    You performed with grace and conviction at a time when no one would have thought less of you for deciding to walk away. As a Canadian, I am more proud of your performance than any other during these Olympic games. I believe that all of Canada feels the same way, and that your mother, wherever she may be, does too. You are a hero to all of us.

    Thank you, Ms. Rochette. I will never forget your courage.

    Comment by Dan — 26 February 2010 @ 12:46

  845. Greets from an Aussie lass in Korea! I just wanna say wowwwwww…
    The way you slice up the ice with such incredible speed, punk and attitude, is phenomenal, as with your power to keep getting up!! It’s one of the things i wanna stick in my memory bank forever… I’m SO sorry i’ve not been watching as much of the news, or Olympics, or i’d have got on here as quick as a flash to give you a friend to hug, if I could, thru this computer(!!). Oh man, I’m sooooo so soooo sorry about your mum… I heard she’s been an incredible support for you… a Canadian love-struck friend told me! Ooooh~honey… May your very precious, beloved ma continue to live strong in your heart and life— cos hey! You’ve still got her blood and I KNOW she’d be cheering. xox

    Comment by Rebekah — 26 February 2010 @ 12:51

  846. Thank you. Your strength was a inspiration to me. You touched many hearts around the world. Everything happens for a reason even if we don`t completely understand it. Congratulations and God bless you!

    LS
    Boynton Beach, Florida

    Comment by Lawrence — 26 February 2010 @ 12:51

  847. Joannie, my deepest sympathies to you. I lost my mother to a sudden heart attack last year so I know how you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I send you lots of healing energy, love, peace and strength to help you get through this. Your mom is with you in spirit and watching over you like a guardian angel.
    Congratulations on winning the bronze! I think you skated wonderful under the circumstances and you were so brave to carry on. I am so proud that you represent our country!
    I wish you all best!
    Love n’ hugs from Toronto,
    Lisa

    Comment by Lisa — 26 February 2010 @ 12:52

  848. Congrats on a great performance and your Olympic Medal! Thank you for showing all of us Canadians, and many around the world, your courage and heart. All my best.

    Comment by Mike from Mississauga, Ontario — 26 February 2010 @ 12:53

  849. Dear Joannie,
    I saw you on tv. Your outfit alone speaks volumes of the deep connection you have to roses. I am so sorry for your mothers death. And you have my support and light with you all the way. You relate very well to the Saint called St Therese who sends roses to ones blessings. I believe your mother carried this spirit with her and does even now. And your skateing honored that. You did a great job and it was so beautiful just know you have my support prayers light and healing energy with you all the way.
    Sending you light always just know you are wonderful and beautiful
    Love
    Amanda
    everyone should see the bright light you carry Joannie and how truely you are one of Gods messengers of light and you touch the world

    Comment by Amanda — 26 February 2010 @ 12:53

  850. Hello Joannie,

    So proud of you!!!
    I was born and educated in Quebec and wondered if your Dad or Grand dad are originally from Charlesbourg (just outside Quebec City) They were a very lovely large family and I went to school at the Ursulines de Quebec with several Rochette’s girls and though they maybe your aunts??
    You make me proud to be a Quebecoise. Your are a strong lady, stay strong and please tell you Daddy we are praying for him also. It takes a strong man to stand by you as he did.
    God bless you both.
    Please respond, I would appreciate it.
    Anita@smorra.com
    P.S. mon nom de fille est Anita Monaghan si tes tantes se rappelle de moi. J’etais plutot malcomode!!HA!

    Comment by Anonymous — 26 February 2010 @ 12:54

  851. Dear Joannie, I cannot imagine how difficult losing your mother has been for you and your family. Your performance will remain etched in my memory as the most inspiring Olympic performance EVER. I became overwhelmed with emotions both joyful and empathetic. Your father was shown on tv after your skate and the look on his face said it all. It is a privilege to be witness of a performance of such magnitude. You have so much to be proud of and I hope during your lifetime you experience many more joyfull occasions that are fillied with the glory that I experienced by watching you. THANK YOU . Angela

    Comment by Angela Davis Mavrikis — 26 February 2010 @ 12:54

  852. Congratulations on your bronze medal, Joannie! Under these difficult & trying times, you have shown the courage and strength of a true Canadian Olympic Hero! Our prayers are with you always! Stay strong, stay proud, and always, keep you family in your heart! Everyone in Canada is so proud of you. Coming from avid hockey fans, your performance truely was the biggest event in these olympics, as your inspiration and dedication, not to mention your love for your sport and your family, will inspire generations of athletes to come, in figure skating, swimming, or whatever the competition is.

    Keep your head up, your family close, and remember that your mother was and is always with you, looking down at you from above, watching you skate with your heart on your sleeve!

    Congratulations again, Joannie! All of Canada has truely gained a daughter to be proud of!

    Dwayne, Monica & Jacob de wit
    Kitchener, Ontario

    Comment by Dwayne, Monica & Jacob de Wit — 26 February 2010 @ 12:55

  853. Joannie, you are such a brave soul. Strength to you during this sad time.

    My husband, a journalist for the Toronto Star was in the audience for both of your spectacular programs. He wrote a story that illustrates the effect your performance had on himself and all those who surrounded you during your skate.
    All the bestyou.
    http://thestar.blogs.com/photoblog/2010/02/skating-with-joannie-rochette.html

    Comment by Gilliane Russell — 26 February 2010 @ 12:55

  854. Dear Joannie, When I heard of the sudden tragic passing of your Mother on Sunday February 21st, 2010 my heart sank for you !!! I am 25 and have 3 younger brothers aged 22, 19 , and 16… See we woke up that morning preparing to deal with the 2nd Anniversary of the loss of our mother who was taken from us Thursday February 21st,2008 due to a brain annuerism….she was 50 !! I was a little skeptical on going through with this because Im totally out of my element but after watching your final skate last night, I felt this message was inevitable… The courage , poise and professionalism you showed not only last night, but all week was enough to bring tears to my eyes for your entire skate and even now when I see the thing on t.v they do for all the people who won a medal.. There is no doubt in my mind that your mom was out there floating behind you like a little butterfly watching her little girl chase her dream and eventually grabbing it at home in front of your country and the entire world !!!! I know your performance and Olympic Bronze Medal will not bring your mom back but you must use this as your first BIG STEP without her going forward !! It will be difficult moving forward with everyday life but especially on the important days….I’m not gonna lie !! But after seeing the look of strength and determination on your face as well as your father’s and how proud he was of you I have no doubt you guys will move on growing closer and stronger than ever!! Insulate yourself with the right people as their love will carry you through those tougher days !!!!! JOANNIE ROCHETTE….. OLYMPIC CHAMPION AND TRUE CANADIAN HERO !!!!!!!

    Comment by Eric Diamantakos — 26 February 2010 @ 12:56

  855. Dear Joannie,

    You are amazing! Your performances were absolute perfection and your strength is incredible. We are all so impressed by you and wish you the best during this difficult time.

    I wanted to thank you for lifting my spirits as I work towards my immigration to Quebec from the states. I’m at least a year away from being able to land in the Great White North, but seeing such an admirable person as yourself represent such a fantastic country truly touched my heart.

    Bonne courage et merci mille fois!

    Claire

    Comment by Claire — 26 February 2010 @ 12:56

  856. Joannie, my heart goes out to you! as far as i’m concerned you are the gold medal winner! you really touched my heart and the hearts of others. i’m so sorry about your loss but rest assured your mom is looking down on you now. you will always have a place in my heart. thank you so much for being the strong woman you are.

    Comment by Glenn Scott — 26 February 2010 @ 12:59

  857. Congratulations Joannie! You are amazing and made Canada so very proud! You are truly an inspiration to all.

    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother.

    Comment by Karen — 26 February 2010 @ 13:00

  858. My condolonces to you & your entire family on the death of your mother.
    What you have done in just competing at the Olympics is absolutely incredible.
    You are an inspiration to the world.
    I’ve watched a lot of sporting events in my life time.
    This was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.
    All the world is extremely proud of you.

    Stan

    Comment by Stan Bronson — 26 February 2010 @ 13:02

  859. Joannie, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. God bless you and your father. I know exactly how you feel since I lost my mother also. Just know that you now have your very own guardian angel with wings wrapped around you to protect and guide you. Though you cannot see her, your mother will always be at our side.
    You were grace under pressure at the Olympics and skated beautifully. Your mom is proud of you.
    Take care of yourself.

    Comment by Lydia, Louisiana, USA — 26 February 2010 @ 13:04

  860. Joannie, you have done an amazing job. Your strength and courage through this hard time has been inspiring to so many. Congratualtions!!! You have made us all proud. <3

    Comment by Charlene — 26 February 2010 @ 13:06

  861. Joannie. All of Canada was with you when you skated. Each holding our breath. You did it and your mom would be proud. My heart goes out to you and your family. Bless You.

    Comment by Lesley — 26 February 2010 @ 13:09

  862. The show must go on !
    Easier said than done. You did it and this was more than a victory for Canada,
    it was a victory for the human spirit.
    I am sure your mother is proud. I believe when someone dies, if the connection was close, a part of them will always stay with you.
    When I saw you cry, I wish I could have hugged you.
    Nonetheless your commitment to go on will be an inspiration for all.
    Merci !!!

    Comment by Thomas Slavicek — 26 February 2010 @ 13:15

  863. We are all so proud of you today, and forever. You are a courageous young woman, and will always be gold in our hearts. God Bless you and your family, and may you find peace and love.

    Comment by Alona Nelson — 26 February 2010 @ 13:18

  864. Dear Joannie,

    You are an inspiration to all of us. The strength you exhibited in making the decision to skate and then going out there to perform strong short and long term programs is awe-inspiring. I watched you skate and felt your mother perched on your shoulder, whispering into your ear her motherly words of encouragement.

    I am the mother of a 12-year old daughter and when I watched you skate it was both heart wrenching, knowing the emotional pain you must be suffering and joyous, knowing you had achieved your and your mother’s dream of attaining an Olympic medal. The colour is not important. You exhibeted the true character of an Olympian, not just in athleticism but in spirit!!!

    Comment by Zirka Kudla — 26 February 2010 @ 13:22

  865. Joannie you made us all proud!!! You are a determined athlete! Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.
    You did your best under the deepest stress and you deserved it!!

    Comment by Hannah — 26 February 2010 @ 13:24

  866. You are awesome!!! Congratulations!!! Even here in soth america we had faith in you, way to go!!! God bless you and your family. Big Hug!

    Comment by Adriana Rojas — 26 February 2010 @ 13:24

  867. Dearest Joannie,

    First, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved mother. I hope and pray that her soul rests in peace and that you and your family are blessed with strength and peace during this difficult period.

    Secondly, I would like to congratulate you on winning a bronze medal last night. you were great and looked stunning!!!!!!

    In my opinion the true meaning of a champion is to persevere and show strength during a difficult time and in my eyes, you exemplifed that during your courageous performance during the ladies short and long program skate. You may be an Olympic bronze medal winner but in my eyes and I am sure your mother’s eyes you won the GOLD!!!

    All the best and continued success

    ~FV toronto

    Comment by Farah — 26 February 2010 @ 13:28

  868. Joannie, we are so proud of your courage and your determination. You have won the hearts of people around the world with your insprirational performances. Jacques Rogue also said that Joannie represents what the Olympic spirit is about. Well done Joannie, Canada is so proud of you.
    Please take care of yourself in the days, weeks and months to come, and know that Canadians will continue to support you in every way possible.

    Comment by Anne Polewski — 26 February 2010 @ 13:29

  869. Congratulations Joannie on your Olympic bronze medal!! I can only imagine how hard this last week has been for you with the loss of your mom. You have inspired many people with your courage and determination. I know that your mom is smiling down at you and she is very proud of you.

    Comment by Kelly — 26 February 2010 @ 13:36

  870. To lose people we love is by far the hardest thing in the world. Staying focused, holding back emotions and competing at such a high level after all you have been through is absolutely amazing. You have made your mom, family and the entire world honored. I’m truly sorry for your loss and THANK YOU! for inspiring all other Canadian as well the world, that you don’t give up even when the walls are falling down.

    Comment by Will — 26 February 2010 @ 13:36

  871. Joannie, I am sure your mum skated with you last night and too also not only the whole of the country but every person who knows the pain of loosing a parent. You made the whole world proud and humbled by your couragous and stunning performance. Your pain became our pain, your loss a shared one, and your victory all the more precious and deserved.
    Thank you for sharing your bravery, your talent, and indeed your humanity with us all last night. I pray that you and your dad will now find the space and time you need to grieve your tragic loss and that in time you may be able to look upon last night as being one of the defining moments in your life.
    God Bless You
    Jules xo

    Comment by Jules — 26 February 2010 @ 13:37

  872. Joannie, Congratulations on such a courageous and wonderful skate last night. You are a true Olympian! I have always admired you for your grace serenity, and artistry. This past week you have shown us your strength, bravery, and determination to celebrate your mother by competing with such love and tenderness. The journey ahead will be difficult, but you know that you have all of our love and support.

    Mary

    Comment by Mary — 26 February 2010 @ 13:39

  873. I admire your courage. Your composure throughout this time has been awesome.

    Peace and strength to you and your family.

    Comment by Leslie — 26 February 2010 @ 13:39

  874. Joannie: Congratulations on a beautiful long program. We were cheering for you in the U.S. Your mother would be so proud of you. Best wishes in the future!

    Comment by Jennifer Lapey — 26 February 2010 @ 13:40

  875. Joannie,
    Our gratitude for the love you showed your Mom in continuing. Our congratulations on your medal, you were wonderful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you get through the next days, weeks and months at loss without your Mom.
    Keep your chin up, as the world is thinking of you.
    Our Blessings,
    The Doyle Family

    Comment by Laureen Doyle — 26 February 2010 @ 13:40

  876. Dear Joannie
    First of all I want to say how sorry we are to hear of your mothers passing.I thought that your short program was absolutely amazing. The courage & strength you showed were absolutely outstanding. Last night we watched your free program and thought it was wonderful. I feel that your mothers spirit was with you on the ice and will always be with you in your heart. We are all very proud of you Joannie. We all feel your pain you are going through but will keep praying for you & your family. As time heals you might find comfort in the poem “Death Is Nothing At All” by Henry Scott Holland. Try and read this if you can, as I am sure you will find comfort & peace from reading it.
    Godbless you all,
    Elaine & Chris Mills
    Newmarket, Ontario.

    Comment by Elaine & Chris Mills — 26 February 2010 @ 13:53

  877. Salut, Joannie!
    Toute mes condolations pour la perte de ta mere.
    Jai vue t’ai deux competition et je dois dire que tu a du courage!
    Je suis sur qu’on te la deja metioner mais je vais te le redire;
    Si on pouvais mettre une face au mot courage on metrrais la sienne, le face de Joannie Rochette!
    Tu as de la determinaton dans les yeux, du bronze autour de ton cous, et de l’or dans ton coeur.
    J’ai commencer a faire du patin a l’age de trois ans j’ai arreter il y a deux ans et apres avoir vue tous ton courage j’ai decider que j’allais recommencer. Tu es mon inspirations, mon idoles! Tu es quel qu’un de remarquable!
    Bravo, tu es une championne meme si tu n’a pas gagner or, mais a mes yeux tu as gagner or.
    BRAVO!! <3 <3
    I have faith that you will be Canada's golden girl at some point.

    Comment by Claudia Marcantoni — 26 February 2010 @ 14:00

  878. Way to go Joannie, you are AWESOME considering what you have had to deal with… I am truly sorry for your loss… Be strong…

    -Gary Petruski

    Comment by Gary P. — 26 February 2010 @ 14:03

  879. Joannie, You are such a beautiful and talented women. I give you so much credit for skating during such a traumatic time in your life. I wish you the best of luck on your career and your journey through life. Your are amazing!

    Comment by Jessie — 26 February 2010 @ 14:06

  880. Joannie – your skates this week were GOLDEN for us all. You showed such grace and such inner strength – a tribute to your mom and dad, your coaches and everyone who has supported you these many years. You achieved your dream and under the most difficult circumstances one could imagine. Bravo et félicitations!

    Comment by Anna — 26 February 2010 @ 14:11

  881. Joannie

    I am 47. My only child is a 22 year old son. On June 22nd, my husband’s brother’s son was suddenly killed in a car accident on a rainy night in Nashville, TN. He was like a son to me and like a brother to my son for the 12 1/2 years I was married to his uncle. I’ve always said losing someone suddenly is much worse than a slow death because you don’t get a chance to say good-bye forever. I’m privately a psychic and I know that we lose our body but our spirit can still hang around those we leave behind, as long as you talk to your mother out loud, she can answer you in your mind – a spirit’s main way of communicating. As long as you talk to your mother out loud and ask her to come around you, she will. Light white or vanilla candles – that helps. You can email me at bpmm33128@aol.com if ever have questions or need to vent to someone who knows how to keep secrets. I’m sure your mother was watching when you won your medal. Have faith that you can call her to you anytime you meditate and ask her to. Love never dies.

    Comment by Becky McGuire — 26 February 2010 @ 14:13

  882. Dear Joannie, my condolences for you and your family. Your performance at this Olympics was truly courageous, you have captured the hearts of not only Canada, but the world. You are Canada’s sweetheart and our hero as well as to your parents and family. Be proud, stay strong.

    Comment by Chris — 26 February 2010 @ 14:14

  883. Dear Joannie,

    I want to send my deepest sympathies to you and your father and family at this very difficult time. When we Canadians heard the news about your mother, our hearts went out to you. It is tragic for anyone to lose their mom, but especially so for someone so young and at such an important time in their life.

    And when I heard that you were going to practice and compete in the face of all this, I was in awe. You are a truly courageous person, filled with grace and nobility.

    Congratulatiions!!!! I am so happy for you that you have won a medal. You have done Canadians and the World proud. You are a true hero and inspiration to us all.

    All the best,
    Donna

    Comment by Donna — 26 February 2010 @ 14:17

  884. Look carefully at that medal you so proudly wear – it’s not bronze – IT’S GOLD!!! Every Canadian was with you every step of the way last night. What an amazing athlete – but more importantly – what an amazing person. Don’t kid yourself – Mom was there with you last night – you could just tell. We are so proud of you – not just because you won an Olympic medal – but because you skated with your heart on your sleeve. God Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Susan in Guelph — 26 February 2010 @ 14:19

  885. Dearest Joannie,
    Congratulations on your Bronze Medal. I cried tears of joy and sorrow for you. Your angel by your side definately gave you wings to fly. What a beautiful Tribute to your mother. You are definately Canada’s Princess and we are so proud of you. My thought’s and prayers go out to both you and your father at this time. In the coming days may you find strength and peace.
    I saw your interview this morning on CTV and I was just in awe of you. You possess so much poise, and grace and it was so nice for you to express to the world the relationship you had with your mom. Those are the special memories that you will carry forever. God Bless You!
    My Blessing Always Joannie and may you and your family find peace, joy, love and contentment in God’s warm embrace.
    Thank you and God’s Blessings Always
    Nancy xo

    Comment by Nancy Wallace — 26 February 2010 @ 14:21

  886. Joannie, You have truly touched the hearts of not only Canadians but everyone around the world. You have such strength and class and your mother and the whole rest of the world are so proud of you!!
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Vicki

    Comment by Vicki — 26 February 2010 @ 14:22

  887. Bonjour Joannie:

    Je suis un professeur de 2ieme annee dans la region de Sudbury. Ma classe ainsi que mes enfants a la maison t’adorent. Tu es une inspiration pour tous les gens qui t’entourent. Tu as plein de courage. Je voulais que mes eleves t’ecrivent des lettres mais je voulais aussi tes envoyer. Est-ce que c’est possible que tu me donnes une addresse que l’on puisse t’envoyer les lettres.
    Sinceres condoleances. Tu es une vrai championne
    Nancy Quenneville

    Comment by Nancy Beaulieu-Quenneville — 26 February 2010 @ 14:23

  888. i feel bad about your mom.but u did what was best and u won 3rd place.

    Comment by andrew weale — 26 February 2010 @ 14:24

  889. Joannie, Congratulations, your Mom would be proud, you are an inspiration to everyone. We extend our sympathy to you and your family.

    Comment by Penny Lamorea — 26 February 2010 @ 14:24

  890. Dear Joannie:
    I am a former Montrealer. I love the Canadien Club de Hockey. But I fell in love with Ile. Dupas and Berthierville, Quebec. Your humility have shown on your biography on the web and has shown on both your skates (short & Long Programs) and on the Podium and post-interviews. Joannie, I do not know you but after sympathizing with you and your father on your mom’s Therese passing, I am so bless to be INSPIRE by you. Your dad Normand is so proud of you on Thursday night and so is the rest of Canada and your own competitors (Korea & Japan). I believe that your parents raised you not only to be an OLYMPIAN but a person with a heart of compassion. Much like what you gave in Peru for the poor children, you are a true inspiration of one who overcame adversity to succeed. God Bless you on the rest of your athletic career and your goal to go to school and study SCIENCE!

    Comment by Rev. Wesley Lim — 26 February 2010 @ 14:29

  891. Our entire family, including our 2 little girls (not quite 2 yet but could not keep their eyes off of you) watched at the edge of our seats last night as you performed. Our family has also lost a mother suddenly, so in a sense we felt we could relate to what you were going through. On such a stage to skate your 2 programs and the way you handled this past week is very inspiring and makes us proud we have such a magnificant human representing our fine country Canada. It is true that time will heal and memories last forever. Cherish your family and closest friends and know your mother would be very proud of her little girl!

    The Vallances

    Comment by Vallances, Vancouver BC — 26 February 2010 @ 14:30

  892. Dear Joannie,

    I wanted to express my admiration for you! Your presentation was fantastic! I love tango and thought your expression and technique were beautifully done!
    I can’t imagine how difficult this time has been for you! I admire your courage and strength! It’s an exemple for us all!
    May God keep blessing your life!
    Best wishes!
    Tatiana

    Comment by Tatiana Berenguer from Brazil — 26 February 2010 @ 14:34

  893. JOANNIE, My com-inlaw husband and his son and I watch you skate the short program and you had me crying the whole time as you got on that ice with such grace and dignity you skated the skate with all your heart and soul your mother would have been very proud of you
    As we all are but most of all you showed the world just how your mother was a very big part of you…
    I know that it must have be hard for you to go out there right now… but you showed us what the OLYMPICS meant to you and her and you father….
    As i had lost my own mother in the same way many years ago and it does get easier in time,,, I just what to tell you that you will get through this trying time in time with the help of your family and friends not to mention your fans…
    So do not be afraid that you alone we are all here for you… As well as proud for you for going on with the OLYMPICS… You did a bravest thing on earth , You went out and skated to win BRONZE… You did not win Gold but you won Gold in our hearts three times over …. I do hope that you take so time off, but please try to continue to skating we really do love the way you skate you are a graceful QUEEN on ice and off. We send all our Loving Prayers to You and Your Father NORMAND in this time of sorrow.
    May God Bless You Both and Your family through this grieving time.

    THERESA R & loren
    CRANBERRY,POWELL RIVER B.C.

    Comment by THERESA ROBINSON — 26 February 2010 @ 14:34

  894. Bonjour Joannie! Felicitations, je suis vraiment content pour vous! Vous êts fantastique! Merci pour tout ton travail et tout le pays est content pour vous!

    Erik de Winnipeg

    Comment by Erik Aasland — 26 February 2010 @ 14:36

  895. Joannie, you are truly the most inspiring woman I have ever met, and continue to amaze me through your profound performances on the ice. I to have lost many important people in my life, and to see what you have the courage to do gives me strength to keep moving forward. I think you already know that your mother is still by your side watching over you, though she may not be in physical form she’s still there. God bless Joannie, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Asiah

    Comment by Asiah Holm — 26 February 2010 @ 14:38

  896. Joannie, we are very sorry about your Mom. You are one brave young lady, and a great inspiration to all young Canadian girls who love figure skating. On Thursday nite (Feb.25), you were THE topic of discussion at my youngest daughters’ figure skating club practice. Everyone was pulling for you to win the Bronze, and you did! Congratulations from everyone from the Ajax Skaing Club in Ajax, Ontario.

    Comment by Gord — 26 February 2010 @ 14:41

  897. I lost my mother 2 years ago and received this amazing poem, I hope you will appreciate it as much as I find support in it.
    The Midrash
    “I am standing upon the seashore; a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts fo the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until-at-length-she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says “there” She is gone” Gone from my sight that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and is just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at the moment when some at my side say: “There” She is gone”, there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad and shout ” There She comes”.

    Comment by Catherine Talisman — 26 February 2010 @ 14:41

  898. There are not enough words with which to convey my condolences on the passing on your mother, obviously someone that was very close to you. Your courage to stay in the games to compete was exceptional at a time when no one would have held it against you had you decided to do otherwise. The strength you showed in performing under very difficult circumstances was not only emotional but extremely inspirational. Undoubtedly there will be challenging days ahead, both on and off the ice, but I hope and pray that the strength and fortitude you showed the world will serve you in good stead during those times. I pray God’s peace over you and your family. May He keep you all in His care and provide the comfort He only can provide.

    Congratulations on the Olympic Bronze! In the hearts and minds of many around the world, you are golden.

    Comment by Colin Wilson — 26 February 2010 @ 14:46

  899. Joannie, you deserve a GOLD medal for your courage strength and beauty. I was amazed with your performance ……you deserve an order of Canada for your bravery after such a loss you were still able to compete and win a medal. It would be nice if the Olympic comittee started to hand out a few special medals at the end of the Olympics for very special people like yourself. You deserve the biggest GOLD medal from the 2010 Olympics… you have made CANADA so proud. And for all of the children in the world you showed them that even in the most difficult time in life you can rise above the pain and continue on in life with beauty and grace. You have made your country so proud …the world is proud of you..and most importantly your mother is proud of you and always has been and always will be. We love you and your Dad, and wish you lots of success in life. Love from me and my family. Zara

    Comment by zara — 26 February 2010 @ 14:47

  900. Dear Joannie,

    We were so inspired by your performance and so thrilled that you won an Olympic medal. We were cheering for you, over our own country’s performers (USA). You showed great strength of character to be able to carry on as you did. Know your Mom is proud of you…as are millions of fans.

    We know that your Mom was with you on the ice and will continue to bless you.

    from our home in North Carolina and from our hearts to yours,

    Congratulations, Joannie.

    Comment by Vervin and Amy Stamey — 26 February 2010 @ 14:47

  901. dear rochette, you are my fav figure skater. you rock the ice each night! oh and by the way, i heard about your mom andd….. your doing great ! i wish i could be like you well must be on way my best wishes
    kiara. p.s how old were you when you learned how to figure skate ?where did you learn? p.p.s …….. I’M A BIG FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by kiara — 26 February 2010 @ 14:48

  902. Dear Joannie I want to give you my best wishes for winning your Bronze Medal in the Ladies Figure Skating last night. You really touch my heart. I’m really sorry about your Mother My Prayers are With you, I’m really proud of you for doing so well for 2010 Vancouver Games. Joannie be strong, We all glad you for you Country. Love Ian

    Comment by Ian Liedtke — 26 February 2010 @ 14:48

  903. Dearest Joannie,
    I am very sorry that your mother has passed away. You are my favourite figure skater. It’s wonderful how you are tributing your skating to your mother. I watched you perform last night and it was fabulous. I hope you feel better soon. Best regards from me and my family.
    PS You have encouraged me to put on some skates.

    Comment by Rebecca — 26 February 2010 @ 14:48

  904. Dear Joannie, having followed (by T.V.!) your career for many years, I wanted to say how incredibly proud we as Canadians are of your week
    at the olympics here in Canada. I was only able to see your short program and have since seen highlights of the long and the interview that
    you did in the CTV studio following. Joannie, you have an incredible strength within you, to do what you did under very trying circumstances.
    I send you and your Dad all my sympathy on the loss of your Mom, it sounds as if you had a wonderful relationship with her, something you
    can cherish in your heart for the rest of your life.
    You said something in your interview that has led to my sending this e-mail to you …… can’t remember your exact words, but you said you
    felt there was something or someone with you, strengthening you, giving you the ability to do what needed to be done. Joannie I don’t know
    what your believe or faith is, for me I wanted to share the love of Jesus with you…… it is Jesus that walked with you during this incredibly hard
    week. Do you have a relationship with the one who gave His life for each and every one of us? He loves you Joannie; I know that he has gifted you
    and enabled you to carry on.
    I pray that this is something that you are open to looking into, I believe He is tugging at your heart, He desires a relationship with you. I pray that you
    will find a place, a person who can help you, pray with you.
    I can tell you from my life what a wonderful difference The Lord has made not only in my life, but the lives of my husband, youngest son and so
    many others.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Joannie, I will continue to follow you (on T.V.!) as long as you continue to skate.
    My sympathies to you and your family.
    With Gods’ love, Elaine Holland.

    Comment by Ian Holland — 26 February 2010 @ 14:49

  905. Pour avoir été jusqu’a la fin, malgré les circonstances, démontre clairement que vous faites classe a part…Le courage que vous avez démontré a toute les générations de la planete est une réelle inspiration.
    Je vous leve mon chapeau et vous souhaite sincerement toute mes condoleance.

    Comment by Stephanie — 26 February 2010 @ 14:50

  906. I am very sorry 4 ur lost

    Comment by daina — 26 February 2010 @ 14:53

  907. Joannie,
    After what you have gone through with the loss of your mother in the last few days, I admire your courage and will to participate in your event in the Olympics and win a bronze medal. Your bronze medal win is even more than gold medal and you should be very very proud of it. You have proved to the world what Canadians are made of and you are a great role model for the future kids of Canada.
    Thank you for making us proud and good luck for the future ………
    MaryJude Mendes

    Comment by Mary Jude Mendes — 26 February 2010 @ 14:57

  908. Dear Joannie,
    I am so in awe of you and your refusal to give in , at the tragic loss of your dear mother. Your courage and grace shone through . Last night I believe we were all mothers united in encouraging you to do what you worked so hard to achieve.
    I hope that you now have time to mourn your loss. certainly you can take great comfort in knowing that you carried through the goals set by you and supported by your Mom and Dad, and we pray that this win continues to resonate throughout your life and inspire you as you have inspired so many.. You looked heartful, beautiful and the performance was extremely powerful and moving . I hope you can rest now and remember your Mom with your sweet father, and know that we are behind you. Sincerely Bryna Cohen , Ottawa

    Comment by Bryna and Murray Cohen — 26 February 2010 @ 14:59

  909. An unstoppable Love…Yes your mom was with you last night Joannie when you won your bronze medal. Our condolences go to you and your family in the lost of your mom a few days ago. We believed in you and you came through last night with a strong performance and a bronze medal what courage and determination you have… congratulations on your win. We watched you skate on many occasions on television, you are a very strong and dedicated young person. We wish you success in all your endeavours! Bon courage et au revoir Joannie!
    Michel et Dora

    Comment by Michel G — 26 February 2010 @ 15:03

  910. Joannie!! I am terribly sorry to hear about your mom. My heart goes out to you and your family<3 Joannie you are one of the STONGEST and most FEARLESS people I know! I am so proud to be from Canada!! You never gave up! You are an inspiration to everyone including me and I know you will be able to get through this hard time. I was cheering for you and I was so excited when you won Bronze!! You deserved it so much Joannie!! Take Care and Stay Strong<3
    With Love<3<3 Always
    Allison<3<3

    Comment by Allison Bamford — 26 February 2010 @ 15:06

  911. Joannie!! I am terribly sorry to hear about your mom. My heart goes out to you and your family<3 Joannie you are one of the STONGEST and most FEARLESS people I know! I am so proud to be from Canada!! You never gave up! You are an inspiration to everyone including me and I know you will be able to get through this hard time. I was cheering for you and I was so excited when you won Bronze!! You deserved it so much Joannie!! My thoughts and prayers are with you<3 Take Care and Stay Strong<3
    With Love<3<3 Always
    Allison<3<3

    Comment by Allison — 26 February 2010 @ 15:08

  912. On est tous très fière de toi Joannie!! We are thinking of you and praying for a time of healing and recovery. Thank you for being such a great example of humanity, grace, strength and courage. You have done such a great job representing Canada!!

    Comment by Christina — 26 February 2010 @ 15:08

  913. Salut Joannie!
    Wow tu nous a fait vivre des Jeux Olympiques incroyables et le Canada est fière de toi!!! Tu nous a démontrer une grande force!!! Tu vas devenir une modèle pour plusieurs personnes!!!
    Sympathie pour ta mère!! Dit-toi que c’est elle qui avait la meilleur place comme spectatrice aux Jeux puisqu’elle y a assiter en direct dans ton coeur et ainsi à pu être en contact avec ta médaille!!! :)

    Comment by Monique — 26 February 2010 @ 15:13

  914. Joannie
    I know how it feels , I lost my mom and two days later I had to got to work.But you’re giving here everybody a lesson of professionalism and courage. LACHE-PAS ON T’AIME.

    Comment by Hellena — 26 February 2010 @ 15:14

  915. A GREAT BIG CONGRATS ON A JOB WELL DONE….
    MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCE ON THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER…
    YOU ARE MY HERO… BRAVERY THRU YOUR LOSS CANADA LOVES YOU GIRL… YOU MAKE ME PROUD TO BE CANADIAN….LOTS OF HUGS AND PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY…. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…

    Comment by Terry — 26 February 2010 @ 15:15

  916. Thank you for giving such a wonderful performance last night and winning
    and making it to the podium despite this most difficult time you have gone through. It truly must have been both agony and ecstasy for you
    and your family this past week.
    You may have won bronze last night but in the hearts of all Canadians, that medal will always be golden!
    From all of us to you, Thank You for your bravery and perseverance.

    Enrique

    Comment by Enrique — 26 February 2010 @ 15:20

  917. Joannie, I am so sorry about your mom. I know from your watching you skate, and your personality. You are very close to her. I know she was there with you. Its so hard as a skater to be at the Oylmpics, and then to have a traegdy to get through at the same time. As I retired artistic roller and ice skater for 24 years. I don’t think I could have done what you did. You have a special aura around you. And I know that many people watching will remember you for years. I wish you and your family peace. Its great that you have a team to lean on. Many young girls watching you know will want to be you. As a skater I taught to be themselve’s through skating. You are the best, and I hope you know that.

    Comment by Sheila — 26 February 2010 @ 15:21

  918. Joannie, you were quoted as saying you’re not a hero. That is completely incorrect. You are a hero, and an inspiration, showing the world how much you love your mother to skate for her. She would be so proud of you. You showed the world how to perseavere even when most normal people would give up. You showed the world after your short program that you still grieved, and would be for quite some time. You showed your appreciation to Canada and the world for their support. Yes, Joannie. You are a hero.

    Please allow yourself some time to grieve with your friends and family. I’m sure it’s been hard to in Vancouver, with the public watching. And take care of yourself. You are a “gold” medal winner in all of our hearts, but I’m sure the results are the furthest thing from your mind.

    Thank you for touching the world. You are my new inspiration.

    <3 Elizabeth Morrow,
    Vancouver, B.C.

    Comment by Liz — 26 February 2010 @ 15:27

  919. What a touching story. From one that has lost a loved one to another: “Thank you for showing the courage of a champion and touching all of our lives” You have now become my favorite athlete, and one of my most admired people. Good luck to you, and stay strong, your mother lives in your heart and in your memories.

    Miguel

    Comment by Miguel — 26 February 2010 @ 15:32

  920. Congratulations Joannie!! I was so sad to hear of the loss of your mother and what a courageous person that you are to perform the way you did in tribute to your dear Mother!! I can’t imaging the feelings that you are going through, and I just wanted to tell you that you have a whole country behind you!! YOu are such an inspiration and I am very proud of you!! I wish you all the best in the future and wishes and prayers are going out to you and your family from my family!! My prayers are with you and You are such a wonderful person!! With our love The Thorogoods and Kurkowsky’s from Calgary Alberta

    Comment by Tara Kurkowsky — 26 February 2010 @ 15:33

  921. Dear Joannie:

    Congtatulations on your stunning performance . It was beautiful, and heart wrenching to think of the courage it took to do it. I feel for you in your time of loss, and hope that in some way you will enjoy your Olympic triumph . Meanwhile your strenghth was truly inspiring! Good luck.

    Comment by steve ,( New Jersey) — 26 February 2010 @ 15:34

  922. Heya Joannie
    I’m a great fan of yours and I am so sorry about the your loss of mother
    and My Heart & Prayers Are With You Now & Always!
    Congratulations Joannie on your Bronze medal
    i wish you and your family peace in the coming days and i am with you during this difficult time

    love from
    Ahtif
    UK

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    Comment by Ahtif — 26 February 2010 @ 15:37

  923. I do not know much about figure skating, and rarely follow it, but I watched on tv and saw you perform at the Vancouver Olympics. Might I say that it was a true privilege to do so. With all that you have gone through over the last week, you are most certainly an inspiration and your performances were true testaments to the indomitable human spirit. As a Canadian, I could not be more proud to be your countryman. Your heart is as big as the country itself and you represent us with class, grace and true strength. As a father of four (including three little girls who love to watch figure skating) I could not hope for a better role model of courage, determination and willpower for my children. Your Mother would be bursting with the same pride that was all over your Father’s face last night. Your medal is bronze; you are golden. God Bless you Mme. Rochette, and Merci Beaucoup.

    Comment by Clint — 26 February 2010 @ 15:41

  924. Dear Joannie, Congratulations! I am so proud of you! I am thrilled you were able to win an Olympic medal for after all your years of hard work for yourself, your country and your mom! My heart goes out to you with the loss of your mother, I lost my dad 2 years ago. It was amazing to see how strong and focused you have been through it all, your mom would be very proud of you and we coud see it on your dad’s face during the final. Continued best of luck in your future competitions, you have what it takes to stay on the podium and achieve more success! XO

    Comment by Fay Major, Toronto — 26 February 2010 @ 15:42

  925. Dear Joannie,

    How awesome was your performance last night..you are a true champion!My heart goes out to you and your family..may God bless you at this difficult
    time.

    Comment by Josee — 26 February 2010 @ 15:52

  926. Greetings from Northern BC!

    We are so proud of you. You have shown how REALLY amazing you are to skate so well after such a horrific tradgedy for your family. What spirit and strength you have. Your performance last night was amazing. Watching your father with such love and pride in his eyes was heart-warming.

    We wish you and your family peace and comfort adjusting to your new life without your mom. I know you have probably been told this before, but she really will ALWAYS be with you in your heart even though she has been taken away far too soon.

    God bless you! and again CONGRATULATIONS TO A VERY SPECIAL CANADIAN GIRL!

    Comment by Donna & Rob Alexander — 26 February 2010 @ 15:55

  927. Dear Joannie,

    How awesome was your performance last night..YOU ARE A TRUE CHAMPION..CANADA IS PROUD OF YOU!!!!

    My heart goes out to you and your family..may God bless you at this difficult
    time.

    Comment by Josee — 26 February 2010 @ 15:56

  928. Joannie, I may not be the most eloquent speaker, but I’d just like to say. It takes something that not a lot of people have, to do what you have done. When I watched you skate last night, and win the Bronze, I was cheering for you the whole time, jumping and talking to my T.V, lol. I’m a 17 year old guy, and I don’t often at all get emotional. But watching you skate, it was quite emotional for me. I wish for you the best, and offer to you my deepest condolences. All of Canada was pulling for you to win that medal last night, and you’ve done the impossible. You give me a reason to call myself a proud Canadian, and again, I wish you the best!

    - Shane.

    Comment by Shane Brooker — 26 February 2010 @ 15:58

  929. Thank you for showing such great courage and determinatin in the face of such great loss. You were remarkable.
    Such focus on facing the task of the moment and meeting it well will always be with you whatever you meet in life especially in these next days and weeks.
    Maggie

    Comment by maggie — 26 February 2010 @ 16:05

  930. We were awed by your performance and determination. So sorry for your loss, you are such an inspiration! Best wishes.

    Comment by Perry Family — 26 February 2010 @ 16:05

  931. Dear Joannie,
    I send my most sincere condolences in this impossible time.
    What you have pursued and accomplished in the past couple days was absolutely amazing, inspiring and simply courageous. Being a young Canadian athlete myself I have been so inspired.
    So thank you, for being amazing and inspiring and an all around incredible person.
    Congratulations on your bronze medal,
    Know that Canada is with you during this difficult time.
    - Rachel

    Comment by Rachel Oueis — 26 February 2010 @ 16:17

  932. Congratulations Joannie!
    You are an inspiration to all. Our love and prayers are with you and your family at this sorrowful time.

    Comment by Barb — 26 February 2010 @ 16:21

  933. No one has ever inspired me as much as you. Joannie, you have so much grace, strength, beauty, character and heart. You are amazing! I am deeply sadden for you loss. I hope and wish the very best for you and your family.

    Comment by Douglas Reinika — 26 February 2010 @ 16:24

  934. Joannie,
    Yourrrrr amazing.
    Skating like you did, you have amazing strength and courage
    I admire you for it.

    MUCH LOVE.
    Arianaaa

    Comment by Arianaa — 26 February 2010 @ 16:25

  935. Joannie, I was spell bound by your courage and strength that your displayed just a few days after the tragic loss of your beloved mother. From far off, I felt every inch of your pain and cried for you and your father. It did not matter that you were a Canadian skater your are now the worlds skater. A daughter who wanted to win not only for yourself but for your mother. You made all mother’s world wide proud. You are a true champion! I would have not been able to gather that inner strength that you did to go on. Be proud of yourself, Your mother is looking down at you from above I bet she is telling all the angels in Heaven “that is my daughter the Olympic Champion.” Thank you for sharing your pain with the world, I have learnd a life lesson. God’s Blessings to you, your father and family.

    Southern California.

    Comment by Cynthia — 26 February 2010 @ 16:25

  936. Joannie,

    What you have done over the last few days has been truly incredible. Being able to turn your focus to your skating in such a difficult time shows amazing heart and perseverance. I lost my mother two years ago … watching your interview talking about her, after winning the medal, I broke down and cried for the first time since she passed away. What an amazing tribute to your mother. You are a true inspiration, and your mother must be very proud … as are all Canadians.

    Karl

    Comment by Karl — 26 February 2010 @ 16:26

  937. Joannie,

    We are all so proud of you… and, by all, I mean each and every one of us in this great country. You make us proud to be Canadian.

    Comment by Gary — 26 February 2010 @ 16:30

  938. Joannie,

    I just wanted to say that your strength and courage amazes me, To get out there and do what you did under your very tragic circumstance was truly amazing and I know your Mom must be smiling down on you, may she rest in peace and the best wishes to you and your family.

    Comment by Amanda-Calgary — 26 February 2010 @ 16:32

  939. Pardonnez-moi, je parlent français… Mon ministre pourrait raconter cette histoire mieux… Une petite fille a joué au football pour son école. Ils étaient bons, elle n’était pas, mais elle a essayé très dur de jouer mieux. Après beaucoup de jeux, on n’a jamais laissé sa mère est venue pour voir, la fille jouer dans le jeu. La fille a parlé en faveur chaque jeu pour jouer.
    La mère de jeunes filles disparue près de la fin de la saison, et son équipe se sont réunies autour de Cheri, avec des étreintes et des condoléances. La semaine était venue pour les parties du championnat, et la fille, Cheri, a prié beaucoup de fois de jouer. Et, parce que son entraîneur avait entendu le girl’ ; la mère de s avait disparu récemment et parce qu’ils étaient perdants tellement mal, il a permis à Cheri de jouer finalement dans le jeu. Cheri a été inspiré et a couru comme le vent à travers le champ, elle a volé la boule et a couru en bas du champ, larmes coulant incontrôlablement maintenant. Elle a marqué, à plusieurs reprises …sh e marquée trois fois avant le vibreur !
    Ils ont été attachés et sont entrés dans des heures supplémentaires. L’entraîneur encouragé, larmes maintenant sur son visage. Dans les dernières secondes, Cheri a marqué le but de gain ! Pendant la célébration, sur les épaules de son équipe, l’entraîneur crie à Cheri avec des larmes dans ses yeux, ” ; Je suis si triste que votre mère ne pourrait pas vous avoir vu JOUER dans ce jeu ! ” ; Est-ce que Cheri et calmement, « oh le cher entraîneur, ma mère a-t-il vu le jeu pour la première fois… du ciel, vous a-t-il souri a-t-il dit n’a pas su qu’elle était aveugle ?

    LOVE is eternal. The energy of love does not change, it does not fade, it is not only of this world, but this world is held together by LOVE.
    Peace,
    Marty

    Comment by Marty — 26 February 2010 @ 16:46

  940. Joannie I was your age when I lost my mother to a sudden heart attack and have a daughter that is your age now. You are an absolutely amazing woman and I know that your mother is very proud – as is your father. I watched both your skating performances and you are incredible. Now you must take time for yourself and allow yourself to grieve. My love and compassion for you and your family. YOU ARE MY HERO! ! ! !
    Dianne Perry

    Comment by Dianne Perry — 26 February 2010 @ 16:46

  941. Joannie, your grace and poise at such a difficult time was amazing and inspirational. Your parents raised a lovely daughter. I’m sure your mother is smiling proudly from heaven! Best regards, Bonnie (Dallas, TX)

    Comment by Bonnie J Preston — 26 February 2010 @ 16:47

  942. Felicitations, Joannie. You are truly a Canadian hero. Thank you for being a wonderful representative of Canada. The Chiang family, Toronto

    Comment by The Chiang Family — 26 February 2010 @ 16:50

  943. Adorable et courageuse,

    c’est un accomplissement colossal…

    Ton charme a ebloui le monde entier car le charme vient

    de souffrances surmontees par une grandeur d’ame

    qui devoile l’envergure de ta personne.

    Comment by Jacques St-Cyr — 26 February 2010 @ 16:52

  944. I am not really a figure skater fan, but I watched your performances with a sense that you were doing something special. Congrats on your performances and God bless you and your family

    Comment by Rob — 26 February 2010 @ 17:03

  945. DEAR JOANNIE, I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AT THIS TIME TOO, AND YOU ARE A VERY PRETTY GIRL AND I LIKE YOUR ICE SKATING ………………….

    Comment by KARI — 26 February 2010 @ 17:07

  946. You are so beautiful and an awesome skater :) My condolences to your mother. Your mom and Canada are so proud!

    Comment by Anastasia Estropia — 26 February 2010 @ 17:15

  947. Hola!!! I just stayed awake to see you compete, hoping the best, and what a way to do it! Since I knew your story, I was praying you did well, and you made it! Congratulations!!! God bless you and your family, and I hope that you are as proud of yourself like we the fans of figure skating are. You are awesome!!! Wish you the best.
    Adriana
    Caracas, Venezuela

    Comment by Adriana Rojas — 26 February 2010 @ 17:16

  948. Not only have you made Canada so very proud of you but all of the USA as well. You are an inspiration. Your performances were amazing and your emotional strength is to be admired. I wish you the very best. Kim / Houston, Texas

    Comment by Kim Elston — 26 February 2010 @ 17:18

  949. Bravo Joannie! Thank-you for making us all so proud and being a shining example of strength and bravery. I lost my mom when I was your age…may your memories give you comfort when times are difficult.

    Comment by Sandie Stillwell — 26 February 2010 @ 17:19

  950. Hi,

    I am from the USA and knew very little of you before the ladies ice skating competition this year, but I was cheering for you. I admire so much your courage and heart and am glad I was able to be apart of your amazing performances, even if it was just on my tv at home. Thank you so much for sharing your grief, talent and triumph with all of us. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, but I have no doubt she would be proud, as were all of us watching, who don’t even know you. Good luck in the future in everything you do. I am sure your mother is watching over you, and I know the Lord is with you as well.

    Comment by Emily — 26 February 2010 @ 17:20

  951. I am not normally a figure skating fan, but I was definitely rooting for you to win the gold medal in Vancouver… I have to admit I lost some hope but I was overjoyed to see you on the podium. Your skate in the long program was one of the most amazing I have ever seen, and it was so touching. I am so sorry about the loss of your mother and I am so glad that you were able to get a medal even so. It seems like it would be at least a tiny consolation, and I just wanted to say congratulations.

    Comment by Larissa Della Vojo — 26 February 2010 @ 17:22

  952. Dear Joannie:

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    I am so inspired and in awe of the courage you displayed last night in winning the Bronze Medal. More importantly, you won the hearts and admiration of millions of people around the world. God bless you!

    Hugs, Ellen [from Los Angeles]

    Comment by Ellen — 26 February 2010 @ 17:26

  953. I’m sending my deepest condolences to you for the loss of your Mother. i can’t imagine. I lost my Father 2 years ago and know the pain especially if it happens suddenly. It seems you and your Mom had such a special bond and were so close. I know it hurts so bad but I hope you can find some solice and comfort to know she will never leave your heart. She will always be with you and look out for you. She is your angel now. I know she is SO proud of you as is everyone around the world. You skated beautiful and you should be proud of yourself as well for your grace and courage. It’s really to be admired. Congratulations on your medal and you have really imspired me and so many others during this time. I am hoping someday soon you can find some peace in your heart and know you will see your beautiful Mother again someday. Much Love….Winona..Tx USA

    Comment by Winona — 26 February 2010 @ 17:26

  954. Joannie,
    I felt compelled to leave you a message after seeing your Olympic performances. Competing in the Olympics alone has to be one of the most mentally and physically draining feats to attempt, not to metion what you have gone through. I know what’s it’s like to lose a parent, and I can’t imagine ever trying to carry on and perform like you did at such a difficult time. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are truly an amazing person with incredible courage and determination, and I know you’ll be unstoppable and successful at whatever you decide to do in life. Best of wishes in all you do, Joannie.
    Gregg.

    Comment by Gregg — 26 February 2010 @ 17:27

  955. Dear Joannie,

    Just to let you know that our hearts are with you and your family.

    Congratulations for your Bronze medal you did an awesome job skating this week only a strong and courageous person can do that and that is what you are. A strong and courageous young woman you are an example of strength to all of us. You are our HERO and forever my favorite Olympian

    God bless you

    Maria Eugenia

    Comment by Maria Eugenia Cutillas — 26 February 2010 @ 17:28

  956. Joannie,
    I am usually “excited” about women’t figure skating, but not so much “moved.” Your performance was outstanding, and you are a very, very brave young woman. My congratulations goes out to you for your wonderful skating, as well as my sympathy for the loss of your dearest friend.

    Stephanie from Ohio

    Comment by Stephanie (from Ohio) — 26 February 2010 @ 17:31

  957. Congratulation,…, and go to work for more moments.

    Rui

    Portugal – UE

    Comment by Rui — 26 February 2010 @ 17:36

  958. Hi Joannie:
    This is an article I wrote for our church bulletin. A couple of days I ago,I was having a very discouraging day. I was praying to God for help and encouragement. He brought you to my mind and I began to pray for you. I especially asked God to give you extra strength, power and a peace in your heart that you could never imagine. All the while you skated during the long program I prayed for you all the way through. Every jump, every twirl, every move I was praying for you. You are a beautiful person and I know your mom is so proud of you.

    I am totally inspired by Joannie Rochette the figure skater who is in the midst of a enormous grief while the world is watching her.
    She skated 2 days ago after the death of her 55 year old mom who was on her way to see her perform. She skated not 48 hours after finding out her dear mother’s death and soared in her pain!! She skated the performance of her life 2 nights ago while the crowd and the world watched in amazement and awe. She stood tall, strong, brave, courageous in the face of immense grief to honor the sacrifice and love of a mom who help make her to be who she is today. She held it together long enough to complete the program and then she broke down and her tears fell to the ice in her intense grief and mourning while everyone cheered in support of her. There was hardly a dry in the place as the flowers spilled onto the ice in a demonstration of love and support of this young lady. The crowd in the stands was so moved and touched at this display of love and devotion of a daughter to a mother and got a rightly deserved standing ovation. She will skate tonight and I hope she wins Gold!
    I was thinking about her last night as I was praying and said “God…Your grief and pain was so much more as you gave your Son up willingly as a sacrifice for us because you loved us. You stood strong, courageous and brave and as the sacrifice for us was completed, your tears fell like rain that day”. I began to think do we honor the sacrifice of a loving Father? Do we stand strong,brave, courageous in front of the world when challenges and difficulties come? Do we honor the sacrifices of a heavenly Father with our performance? A lesson can be learned from this beautiful lady that in such human frailty she continued to honor and love her mother and the sacrifices made by her performance. Do we honor our Father’s love, devotion and sacrafice by our performance in our lives, work and ministry?? Are the people in the stands, community, work, touched at our display of devotion and love for our Father and giving us a standing ovation even when we face obstacles and challenges? The world is watching our performance. Go Joannie Go!! We Love you!

    Comment by Paulette Baker — 26 February 2010 @ 17:38

  959. Dear Joannie,

    I saw you for the first time late last night when you won the bronze medal. I want to congratulate you and thank you for your great accomplishment and the pride that you instill in the hearts of Canadians and all the people of Quebec. I send you all my wishes for success and happiness in the future.

    Sherbrooke, Quebec

    Comment by Michael McCoy — 26 February 2010 @ 17:45

  960. Dear Joannie-

    I’m truly sorry about your mother. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.

    I thought both of your performances last night, and on Tuesday night were absolutely phenomenal! I admire your courage and your strength. Your mother would be very proud of you.

    I hope that in time things will get easier for you. Stay strong!

    Best wishes,

    Paul Dunn
    Grand Junction, Colorado USA

    Comment by Paul Dunn — 26 February 2010 @ 17:47

  961. Congratulations,Joannie!
    On two wonderful performances at the Olympics and your bronze medal!
    Under trying circumstances, you displayed grace and a strength that many of us can only hope to have. I am sure that your mother would have been beaming with pride for you. I know that every Canadian is so proud of you!

    Comment by Susan — 26 February 2010 @ 17:51

  962. When I heard about your mother and you decided to continue to skate on the Today show. i was getting ready for school, and I almost started crying. I want you to know that i prayed for you as soon as I heard. you are a role model to me for your strength and courage. My mother is also my best friend. I am so extremely sorry for your loss. life can be hard at times, but keep on living. May god be with you and continue to bless you:D you are an amazing person & dreamer:)

    Comment by Elizabeth — 26 February 2010 @ 17:53

  963. Hi Joannie,

    To do what you did took a lot of courage and strength. That is what a hero is. You are a hero. Always remember that you have the strength to do anything you put your mind to. You made Canada proud. Thank you. Your mother couldn’t be more proud of you as well.

    Take care and best wishes

    Araf, Toronto

    Comment by Araf — 26 February 2010 @ 17:55

  964. Joannie: My sincerist condolences on the lose of your dear mother. She was watching over you from above on tuesday and thursday during both of those wonderful, beautiful performances. I am so proud to call you a fellow Canadian. You make all canadian proud. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Donna

    Comment by Donna Armstrong — 26 February 2010 @ 17:57

  965. Dear Joannie,

    The kiss you blew to your mother melted my heart. Thank you so much for sharing your skating and your experience with Canada and the rest of the world. We were cheering you on with tears in our eyes…

    Like so many others around the world, I’d like you to know that you are in my prayers. I am asking the Lord to surround you with the kindest, most loving people to help you through this time.
    Thank you for all you’ve done Joannie!
    We are so proud of you!

    Comment by Anslie Kate (from Cambridge) — 26 February 2010 @ 17:58

  966. CONGRATULATIONS Joannie:

    You are one of the most bravest woman I have ever heard of, You did what most people would have just quit, your an incredible woman and your mother i’m sure would be proud of you. You are the inspiration that makes all little girls want to do what you do, You inspire everyone with what you do, and we all thank you. I’m prod to be Canadian

    I am very sorry to hear about your mother, and hope you can get through this hard time, My condolences to you and your family.

    Hugs
    Amber and Family

    Comment by Amber — 26 February 2010 @ 18:02

  967. Our condolences from Saskatchewan.
    You made the right decision, difficult as it must have been to move forward.
    Your mother’s and your family’s effort in support of your dreams would would have been a tremendous waste.
    You made us all proud. Your inner strength will take you places most of us only dream of.

    Comment by Edward & Ruth — 26 February 2010 @ 18:09

  968. I too lost my mom when I was your age so I know what you’re going through. You’re a very brave girl and I know that all of Canada is giving you a collective hugs.

    Comment by Cynde Durnford-Branecki — 26 February 2010 @ 18:09

  969. Dear Joannie,
    I did not know you very well before, but I was aware of you being one of the lead skaters in our country. Yet, through the tragic event in your family and your courageous fight despite immense grief, I have come to admire you as an extremely strong, focused and determined individual who strove to achieve what you set out to do. I salute you for your emotional, mental, and physical strength in this very trying time. Seeing you fight was such an inspiration, but at the same time we all felt the pangs of grief and pain that were there but could not be let out until you have finished your short program clean and got your job done. Joannie, your story is a phenomenally heart-wrenching one. In your rise to success in the face of an extremely trying and emotional time, you have become our national heroine, our model, and our example of utmost fortitude and determination. Congratulations on your Olympic bronze medal. The whole nation is so proud of you and feels comforted for you. May God bless you and your father. I am sure your mother saw your amazing triple lutz and is very proud of your success.
    Best regards,
    Maria

    Comment by Maria Lung — 26 February 2010 @ 18:11

  970. Dear Joannie:

    We are all so proud of you!. In the face of grief and pain you stood tall, brave and courageous to honor your mother. I can’t imagine how you must have felt.

    A couple of days ago I was very discouraged and I began to pray to God for encouragement. He brought you to my mind and I was so inspired by you that I wrote an article about you in our church bulletin. It was to inspire others to stand tall, brave and courageous when faced with discouragements, disappointments, challenges and to not give up. Also to be an example to honour our heavenly Father who gave His most precious Son for us.

    I then began to pray for you and your performance. I asked God to give you extra strength and a peace that you would think unimaginable. I asked God to be your source for everything you need. Not just at the competitions but in your whole life.

    As I watched you skate, I prayed for every jump and every spin until you finished the program. I shouted with excitement “You’re going to do it” every jump you landed. My 2 children watched (who normally don’t watch skating) were cheering you on as well. The whole country was cheering you on and we still are supporting you through our prayers. You are a role model to aspire to.

    Your Mom is so proud of you and as I watched your dad I was so touched by his strength as well. What a blessing to have parents like you that you have been blessed with.

    We love you Joannie and I am praying for you.
    God Bless You and your family

    Paulette, Abbotsford, British Columbia

    Comment by Paulette Baker — 26 February 2010 @ 18:17

  971. Dear Joannie,
    You were fantastic last night at the olympics. I want to be just like you when i’m older. You inspire me and i hope that you know that you won the hearts and adoration of others last night, including mine. CONGRATULATIONS on getting bronze. Your my Canadian hero. We are all so proud of you and at school i tell everyone about you and your performances. YOU ARE AMAZING!
    Elaine
    Toronto, Ontario

    Comment by Elaine — 26 February 2010 @ 18:26

  972. Super Congrats Joannie!:)

    Comment by Jeff Squires — 26 February 2010 @ 18:26

  973. Congratulations on your Bronze medal win. Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother – remember, she is with you always

    Comment by Gwen — 26 February 2010 @ 18:31

  974. Joannie, you are an inspiration to our nation. Your courage and strength are golden. I think everyone in the world skated along side you last night. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal.

    Canada, your friends and family, your dad, and most especially your mom on the road to Heaven, are all so very proud of you.

    Comment by Barb Shannon — 26 February 2010 @ 18:41

  975. Mademoiselle Rochette,
    mes plus sincere sympathies,
    je ne peut immaginer vos douleurs, ni prétendre de les attenuer avec ses quelques mots., mais je croit que chaque personne possède une mission sur terre, et viens un moment ou un départ aussi soudain et injuste peut-il sembler, devient.., l’héritage des enseignements de cette étoile.., qui nous a gracié, de son trop cour passage dans notre univers… Votre maman est une étoile qui fait partie de mon univers maintenant, pour avoir inspiré une jeune femme, a devenir la personne que vous êtes.., et vous Joannie, pour continuer a faire briller cette étoile a travers la vôtre… Mes prières vont pour vous et votre famille, sincérement,
    M. Boislard, Ontario, Canada

    Comment by M.Boislard — 26 February 2010 @ 18:51

  976. I don’t even have a TV, but I’ve followed your story on the internet. I have an amazing mom, too.Your mom will always be with you. She’ll be your special angel, just like my special grandparents are to me and my son. When you least expect it and most need it, she will whisper in your ear

    I will mourn your loss, celebrate your victory and pray for peace for you and your family.

    You have been an inspiration, through your dedication, love, resilience, and commitment.

    You will grieve and you will recover. You will carry this loss forever, but with it, carry the love your Mom had for you. Then, it will be not a burden, but a source of comfort and strength.

    I know she’s dancing in heaven, and she’s so proud of you.

    I’ve never done anything like this before, so I hope these words help.

    Comment by kw — 26 February 2010 @ 18:54

  977. Hello Joannie,
    I feel that I know you because we are both compassionate people. While
    watching you perform last night and a few nights back, I could feel your
    emotional pain. The world is behind you. Can you believe that? THE WORLD!
    You left such an incredible impression. You are strong and hopefully you knew that your Mom was watching you and had expected you to continue on with your skate programs. Your bronze medal has so much more meaning now, doesn’t it? I trust that you will remember your mother, and closest friend as one of the contributors to your skating success. Please DO NOT even think of retiring. Please grieve in private. I hope that you will be able to skate in this weekends event because if you were able to ask your Mom she would encourage you to attend. It would the chance of a lifetime for you. The WORLD is expecting you to attend because YOU have touched not only me but THE WORLD! Please attend. Remember that everything happens for a reason and sometimes
    at the wrong time too.
    May peace be with you and your family.

    I love you Joannie,

    Jeff (from Boston,MA USA)

    (I just saw the emotional interview with you on NBC.com and I cried again)

    Comment by JeffinMass — 26 February 2010 @ 18:57

  978. Congratulaions on your bronze medal win! You made Canada proud. May you have continued success in your skating future. I’m confident you will one day get the gold, which you richly deserve. I know you made your mother proud, and my sympathies and condolances on her passing.

    Sincerely,

    Maria and family

    Comment by Maria, Jacquline, Danielle and family — 26 February 2010 @ 19:00

  979. Congratualtion on a job well done. I am so proud of you. You are an inspiration to me and my family. My deepest symapthy to you and your family. Bon Courage and a big Hug!!

    Comment by Pascal — 26 February 2010 @ 19:07

  980. Dear Joannie – we are sending our love and prayers to you and your family at this very difficult and sad time. We watched you skate again last night, and were so inspired by your courage to perform your program. You are so admired by ALL Canadians for your perseverance and strength. Congratulations on winning the bronze medal; your Mum was watching over you and she would be so proud of you! You are truly an inspiration to us all!!

    Comment by Jane — 26 February 2010 @ 19:07

  981. I will always remember you if I feel afraid and feel like giving up.

    Like so many others who have written you, I am still in the grieving process. In 2008 my husband died of a sudden heart attack at age 58, my dad died 2 months later and my mom 4 months later. I am just starting my first job since then and am very nervous about being able to function well. Your skate showed me what is possible through the power of your love and focused intention.

    Congratulations on your Olympic Medal! My husband and I have enjoyed watching you skate over the years. He would have been very happy for you, too.

    Comment by Janice Richardson — 26 February 2010 @ 19:09

  982. Congratulations Joannie! You have inspired so many people all over the world. Your courage and determination has shown so many that no matter what the circumstances, you can accomplish anything! You are amazing!!!!! Thank-you for showing us that anything is possible.

    Comment by Richelle Love — 26 February 2010 @ 19:15

  983. Dear Joannie,
    Your strength and grace is inspiring to me and countless others worldwide. You have shown me what a champion truly is. I wish I could offer you more than just words of support, but know that our thoughts are with you.

    Brian [New York]

    Comment by Brian — 26 February 2010 @ 19:19

  984. dear Joannie
    your story on ice touched the heart of me.
    I thought that you were the flower of Vancouver Olympic
    God bless your mom!!
    from korea

    Comment by kang — 26 February 2010 @ 19:27

  985. I just wanted to applaud your strength in this tough time, and I’m sorry for your loss. You are an inspiration to everyone not just in sports, but in life as well. I just lost a family member yesterday morning and it hit me pretty hard. Thanks to you, I’m able to carry on and be strong for my family in this tough time. Remember this, when someone we love so dear has passed. The sorrow and sadness will not last. After the grieving and healing are threw. Their love and their spirit will always be with you.

    Comment by Matthew Hill — 26 February 2010 @ 19:27

  986. Joannie, I was hoping for you to medal even before the news of your mothers’ untimely death. I felt it would be wonderful for a Canadian women to medal at the Olympics in figure skating. Your skating is amazing. After the news of your mother and the news that you would still skate, I prayed for you to have strength and that you would medal. You skated beautifullly and with so much grace and elegance and heart. Congratulations! My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you continue on. God bless you.

    Comment by Muriel from Virginia — 26 February 2010 @ 19:29

  987. Congratulations!

    Brazil loves you!

    Comment by SilvioWS — 26 February 2010 @ 19:37

  988. My deepest sympathies on the loss of you mother.
    What you accomplished under your circumstances, you are the Ultimate Canadian Athlete. You stand there on top with all the greats. Definition of “Canadian” Joannie Rochette

    Comment by Foncie Farrell — 26 February 2010 @ 19:39

  989. Dear Joannie

    First off, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your Mother. My family’s thoughts are with you and your Father during this very difficult time.

    I would also like to congratulate you on your bronze medal performance. You showed so much courage and produced what I believe is one of the greatest Olympic performances of all time. You should be very proud of yourself – I can safely say that all of Canada is!

    All the best

    Jennifer, Nathan & Robert
    Maple ON

    Comment by Robert — 26 February 2010 @ 19:40

  990. My best to you. wow you rock

    Comment by bob — 26 February 2010 @ 19:48

  991. Congratulations Joannie,
    You are a beautiful role model for young people all over Canada and the world.Our hearts are with you. Our prayers are for you.Well done.
    Please accept my condolences.

    Bill Gray

    Comment by Bill Gray — 26 February 2010 @ 19:50

  992. Joannie,
    I don’t know if you will ever read this but
    my name is Justin i’m an 26 year old American, (i live in Summit county,
    UT ) i’m a huge Olympics fan and i just want to say congratulations for
    such a wonderful performance,(Not Just you, but all the other skaters
    to!) and wining a Bronze Medal! I also wish to express my sadness to hear of your loss at what should be one of the best times of your life.

    know from experience how much you and your family are hurting right now.
    because I have had a similiar event happen to me too, my Father died suddenly
    after being diagnosed with Colon Cancer in 2001. And He battled it for
    months before finally succumbing, and it happened just a few days
    before i was to graduate from High school, like you i had to continue on
    and despite the pain and sorrow i was able to graduate.

    I know nothing i can say can help with your pain, but you can feel solace
    in the fact that although your mom couldn’t be there in the flesh to see
    you preform, she was with you in spirit and always will be.

    So, the best you can do is cherish the time you had with her and
    always keep her close to your heart.

    Again, CONGRATULATIONS! and always
    stay Positive!!!

    Comment by Justin paul farrell from Summit county, Utah, USA — 26 February 2010 @ 19:51

  993. Joannie,

    You are an inspiration! All I can say is wow! You have made your country proud and your mother is looking down and smiling. Congratulations!

    Comment by Marisa — 26 February 2010 @ 20:01

  994. Joannie,

    Congratulations on your bronze medal win in women’s figure skating. You are such a brave, young woman, and we wish you and your family the best in these difficult times.

    We are so very happy for you. You make Canada proud!

    God bless,
    Julie

    Comment by Julie — 26 February 2010 @ 20:06

  995. Yeah, you won a medal for us, im so happy, especially when you’re feeling blue. You stood up for yourself, all canadians will support you!!!

    Comment by Kendra — 26 February 2010 @ 20:08

  996. Joannie
    Congratulations on your bronze medal. Your bravery and strength was inspirational and I am sure your family and your country are very proud of you.
    I wish you strength and peace during the times ahead

    Comment by Sophie — 26 February 2010 @ 20:21

  997. Joannie, you did good — Congrats!! Your mom is watching over you for sure, wherever you might be. Again, congrats! L, Y.

    Comment by an international friend/admirer — 26 February 2010 @ 20:22

  998. Dearest Joannie,
    My heart is grieving with yours for the loss of your mom at such a monumental time in your life. You have shown great grace as you persevered in these 2010 games. I was so proud of you as you continued on in the honor of your mother. I am a proud U.S. citizen, but I was your fan during the Tuesday and Thursday performances. Though I will likely never meet you this side of Heaven, I will pray for your’s and your father’s healing and peace as you tred through this deep valley in your lives. God’s great love and blessings, Mary Williams China, Michigan

    Comment by Mary Williams — 26 February 2010 @ 20:23

  999. Joannie,

    Congratulations, we are so inspired by your determination and your success and giving honour to your late mother. I was personally crushed when I heard the news, and had struggled with whether or not to send you a note (I have never done this type of email before) My Dad passed away in January of this year, and he was my hero and role model in so may ways. So when I read the sad news, I could relate in some small way with what you were going through. Please be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of many who feel your sad loss. I found strength in the days after recalling the many lesson that my Dad taught me. Anyhow, congratulations!
    Greg & Nancy…

    Comment by Greg & Nancy Taylor (Halifax) — 26 February 2010 @ 20:29

  1000. Joannie:

    My heartfelt condolences to you for your loss. Also, my deepest respect for holding your head up and maintaining your poise during a difficult time. You showed amazing strength in gaining your bronze medal.

    I also have lost my mother unexpectedly quite a few years ago. Of course, the feeling of loss never goes away, but it does get better with time. You are already on the road to healing by what you have accomplished so far. Thank you for reminding us that we can accomplish anything if we have the courage and determination! May God bless you and your family and I wish you much success and happiness in your future!

    Comment by Rose — 26 February 2010 @ 20:31

  1001. Joannie,

    Coming from a mom of three, Joannie your act of courage at this most difficult time is outstanding and an inspiration to all. As a mom, you made your mom very proud. You are an amazing young woman and your mom was no doubt with you every step of the way!That medal you won, although \bronze is as good as Gold for not many under those circumstances could come out and face a crowd never mind have to perform in front of millions who are watching. I am sure she is watching over you in heaven very proud of the young lady you have become. All of Canada is proud of you! May God Bless you and your family.

    Comment by Mina Nanji — 26 February 2010 @ 20:36

  1002. I saw you on T.V. and I loved you!! I know it took a lot. Congratulations and my heart goes out to you!

    Comment by Erin — 26 February 2010 @ 20:48

  1003. I don’t know how you did it but you make us proud to be Canadian. You showed many how you rose to the occasion and overcame adversity. We truly feel your sorrow and are truly touched by your skate at the Olympics. Congrats on a beautiful piece of work.

    Comment by Alan Chan — 26 February 2010 @ 20:49

  1004. Chere Joannie,
    Comme une new comer a Vancouver, je te regardais avec des larmes dans mes yeux et je t’admirais.
    En priant je t’envoyais Reiki bien positive pour ton succes. J’avais perdue ma mere a l’age de 48 ans. Je pouvais imaginer combien c’etait difficile…
    j’espere tous qu’elle souhaitait comes true pour toi.
    Avec les meilleurs voex,
    Shahla

    Comment by shahla mozafari — 26 February 2010 @ 20:50

  1005. Joannie,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Your inner strength and courage are a tribute to the values your mother has instilled within you. You are an inspiration to us all and an angel on the ice.

    God Bless you and keep you in his light for all to see.

    Your fan,

    MSG Thomas A. Schieferstein

    Comment by Master Sergeant Thomas A. Schieferstein — 26 February 2010 @ 20:52

  1006. Congrats on the bronze Jo. My heart goes out to you. I’ve seen on the front page of the newspaper a picture of our women’s hockey team with the headline golden girls. Well, you don’t need the gold medal. For you are golden.

    Comment by Roman — 26 February 2010 @ 20:57

  1007. Sending you my sincere condolences! Loosing a parent and yet pushing on to compete for Canada was very brave, honorable and very special! Your mom is very proud of you! As I seen u skate I was in tears just feeling the pain of loosing a parent. (recently lost my dad).

    I admire you! You are one brave and co-rages girl!

    Jo

    Comment by JO — 26 February 2010 @ 21:03

  1008. WOW!!! Un gros Bravo à toi!! Tu as été excellente et tu as vraiment épaté tout le monde. Tu as été de toutes les discussions au Québec de ma famille au bureau, tout le monde parlait de toi, ton courage et ta détermination!! Je te souhaite de bien vivre ton deuil. Tu vas voir, ta mère sera avec toi toute ta vie..surtout dans des moments où tu auras besoin d’elle! Prends soin de toi! Tu diras à ta mère de dire un beau salut à A. Rousseau ;) xxx

    Toutes mes sympathies..

    Comment by Sophie — 26 February 2010 @ 21:07

  1009. I have a daughter your age – we were 2000 miles apart watching you skate while we talked via text. You inspired us to tears and to a deeper appreciation of the mother/daughter relationship. Thank you for all you have given Canadians.
    I wish you the warmth of wonderful memories, the strength of family, and the support of friends in the coming days and weeks of healing.

    Comment by Dora-Lynn Melnik — 26 February 2010 @ 21:12

  1010. I just like to express my deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one and congratulations on winning the bronze.

    Comment by Gord — 26 February 2010 @ 21:25

  1011. Joannie, you may not have THAT medal but you are our Golden Girl.
    Congratulations.
    We offer you our dearest sympathies on the tragic loss of your Mother.

    Comment by Fred Gane In Kingston, Ont. — 26 February 2010 @ 21:27

  1012. My dear Joannie, you are such an Inspiration to all of us..all of us who have ever had a DREAM..and to all of us who have ever had a sudden loss and needed to push on with that dream though our hearts were breaking.. .thank you Joannie for again Inspiring me to never lose sight of those dreams and hopes, no matter what..you have touched my heart. You are such an amazing woman. My God, your Mother would be so proud of you, as I am today!

    Comment by Valerie Taller — 26 February 2010 @ 21:31

  1013. My grade 9 students have been dealing with the tragic loss of a classmate a few weeks ago through a snowmobile accident. Your courage has been an inspiration to each and everyone of them. Thank you for sharing your strength with these kids…I know it has helped give them the strength to deal with their own grief.

    We are so proud of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Congratulations on winning your medal. It was “gold” to all Canadians.

    Comment by Wayne West — 26 February 2010 @ 21:34

  1014. Dear Joannie

    Just watched your interview with Brian Williams on CTV…you indeed are an inspiration to many, young and old, athletic or not…that even during times of grief “the sun will rise in the morning” and we must carry on. No doubt your mother is smiling down on you now…she did her job well. God Bless you and your dad!

    sending you strength and encouragement in the days & years ahead
    Linda Mc ( from Calgary, AB)

    Comment by Linda McCracken — 26 February 2010 @ 21:35

  1015. Joannie you are a inspiration to all the world. My faith keeps me going through hard times. I cried when you came out on the ice for your short program. I was bawling by the time you finished. To lose your best friend can not be easy and you are amazing being able to get through the skating in such a hard time. I want you to know that I will never ever forget this Olympics. You have inspired me that I can do just anything. I could never do what you do but after 17 foot surgeries on one foot I can do anything after watching you. Thank you for your shine, heart, love, and endurance through the most difficult things in life. I send prayers your way for you and your family. May God shine on your heart this day.
    Michelle

    Comment by Michelle Lewis — 26 February 2010 @ 21:35

  1016. Dear Joannie,

    You are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations on your amazing performance. Your bronze medal means more than 50 gold medals. I cried through both programs as I thought of all you have overcome in the past week. What an amazing tribute to your mom. Without a doubt she was with you in spirit!

    You are my inspiration and whenever I feel that things are impossible I will think back to this week. What an amazing young women you are!

    Nathalie

    Comment by Nathalie Johnstone — 26 February 2010 @ 21:36

  1017. Joannie you’re an amazing person, every young girl should look up to you.
    So sorry for your loss of your mom

    Comment by Tibor — 26 February 2010 @ 21:37

  1018. Greetings from Chicago

    My heart goes out to you for your loss…. there just are no words. You and your family are in my prayers. Joannie you truly are an inspiration to so many people and the real “gold” winner in my opinion.

    Kindest regards;

    Rich

    Comment by Rich — 26 February 2010 @ 21:40

  1019. Joannie, you are an absolute inspiration to everyone. You made so many people proud and we are all SO happy that you were able to achieve your dreams. Two beautiful programs, from a beautiful athlete. You deserve every success that comes to you. You are so strong, stronger than you think you are. Please know that there are so many people who send their love and well wishes now, and forever. Never feel alone because you captured the hearts of so many people, and no matter what, you will always have a nation behind you. You have inspired so many little girls who will want to grow up to be just like you. I am SO proud of you and hope that you and your family will recover from this tragedy and you will remember that you can now overcome ANYTHING. You are AMAZING. You ARE the Olympics. We love you, and we are so so so proud of you.

    Comment by Proud Canadian Skater — 26 February 2010 @ 21:41

  1020. My sympathies to you and your dad, Joannie. It’s not easy to lose someone that you love deeply, but your mom must be proud of you today.

    You’re still the best.

    Comment by Chris Kennepohl — 26 February 2010 @ 21:43

  1021. Dear Joannie-
    You are a brave and inspiring woman, and your Mom would be so proud of you! Thank you for sharing the news that you spoke to Celine Dion today. I was in her audience at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, when when she performed the day of her father’s death. She shared with us, in the audience, the huge impact that her father had made on her life. Your mother’s star will continue to shine on you and give you strength in the days ahead.

    Comment by Joanne V — 26 February 2010 @ 21:53

  1022. I have been so impressed with your courage, your grace, your composure and your ability to skate so well under such difficult circumstances. You have inspired our entire country with your bravery with such beautiful performances. Vous avez tellement de courage. Je suis tres fiere de toi Joannie et d’etre un Canadien. I hope that you now have the time you need to grieve the loss of your mother.
    You are a true inspiration. Bravo.

    Comment by Amy Jenkins — 26 February 2010 @ 21:56

  1023. You make me want to be a better person.

    Comment by carol owens — 26 February 2010 @ 22:08

  1024. Congratulations Joannie, on your Bronze Medal!! Bravo! Well done! We as Canadians are SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! You are a remarkable young woamn, full of grace, dignity, determination and courage. Your Mom lives on in you, Joannie.

    I lost my dear Mom last April and it has bee a tough time, and so I want to send you my deepest sympathy. The days and weeks ahead of will be hard ones; lean on your family, friends and faith to get through them. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely

    Linda Hall

    Comment by Linda Hall — 26 February 2010 @ 22:10

  1025. You are very brave, you are in our prayers in Minnesota, god bless, nice job winning the bronze.

    Comment by finn diggins — 26 February 2010 @ 22:13

  1026. I am so sorry for your loss. You have been so brave and amazing during this difficult time for you. You have been a tremendous inspiration to everyone. I wish you much peace and happiness
    Your fan from Houston, Texas

    Comment by Liza — 26 February 2010 @ 22:14

  1027. You have great courage to continue on and to skate thru the grief you have endured. I commend you and congrats on the Bronze medal and you are a great skater can’t wait to see you skate again. Stay strong and god bless you.

    Comment by David — 26 February 2010 @ 22:16

  1028. Je suis americaine. Je ne parle pas français, mais j’adore. I think you are wonderful and I am so touched by your courage and resilience. Brava!

    gnacoli

    Comment by Michelle Alexander — 26 February 2010 @ 22:20

  1029. Joannie

    i want to thank you for the inspriation you provided in your presence at the olympics and the beautiful performance you were able to find the courage to give!!

    i only wish you all the best wishes and love in your future as you head back home as i know that will be the toughest for you just know you have the love and best wishes of all your new family of those who watched you this olympics

    i hope you will be back perhaps next olympics but for now stay well stay strong and i wish you the best

    YOU are truly special as i am sure your mom was to all of you

    best wishes
    stephen kelly in sussex new jersey usa

    Comment by stephen kelly — 26 February 2010 @ 22:20

  1030. Hey Joannie congrats on your win!!! You have shown people how to be strong even when the road seems foggy! I am a big fan I love you very much and sending love all the way from the Bahamas. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors! I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family!!!!

    Comment by Sofia — 26 February 2010 @ 22:20

  1031. My aunt Page Emerson did your makeup once I’ll have to ask her where though.

    Comment by Kipty — 26 February 2010 @ 22:22

  1032. First of all u would like to congrtulate you for your bronze medal. An awesome, courageous performance.
    As a former athlete, i know the in difficult circumstance that’s beyond our control makes us a better athlete.

    Joannie, your grace, your courage to take on the ice and the pain and loss that you are going thru makes you the “Gold Medalist” in my eyes.

    Not only you have demonstrated you are a very talented and wonderful skater, but most of all a phenomenal woman.

    And you’re so right, your mom is looking over you! As all of us, moms, we may be unknown, nameless, i give you a mother’s hug and love.

    My prayers are with you, your family and the rest of the family!

    Amy Bakari
    Clarkston, Georgia

    Comment by Amy Bakari — 26 February 2010 @ 22:22

  1033. Joannie.

    You amaze and inspire me. I lost my mother one week before you lost yours. There have been days over the last 2 weeks that I just didn’t want to get up in the morning. However, this past week, watching your courage and determination has given me courage and determination of my own. I am so proud of you…and you know your mother is smiling, clapping, and cheering for you from heaven above. Congratulations to you on both your amazing accomplishment at the Olympics and your triumph over adversity. You are an example to us all.

    Comment by Kim — 26 February 2010 @ 22:27

  1034. Joannie – I cannot tell you how you have touched my heart with your strength and class. Not only was all of Canada cheering for you, but people all around the world were as well. I know I sure was! You are an amazing young woman, and your performances and your grace have won the admiration and respect of the entire world. Your mother has a tremendous legacy in you. My prayers are with you and your family as you return home to face this difficult time. You will always miss your mother, but it will get better – the emotions will not be as raw and close to the surface. You will have a “new normal”, and life will be good again. Much love and prayers!

    Comment by Debbie Stephens — 26 February 2010 @ 22:29

  1035. Dear Joannie

    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your father on your loss. You have won the hearts of many Americans for your courage and ability, to continue skating and winning the Bronze medal in the Olympics, in the darkest moment of your life.
    You have made your Mother very proud of you and she will always be with you in spirit.
    May God continue to keep you strong and bless you and your father.
    Sincerely,
    Bryan B. Poaches Jr.
    Daytona Beach, Florida-USA

    Comment by Bryan B. Poaches Jr. — 26 February 2010 @ 22:32

  1036. hey joannie,
    I’m so sorry about your loss, but out on the ice you skated great!!!!!!!!!!!! You did amazing in the olympics,and I just wanted to say great job at the olympics and congrats on winning the bronze.
    im so sorry about your loss.

    best wishes, lauren

    Comment by lauren — 26 February 2010 @ 22:34

  1037. Joannie,
    Your mother was to you what my father was to me.. my best friend, my biggest fan, MY HERO! My father died suddenly as well of a heart attack many years ago. My deepest sympathies to you and your wonderful dad. My prayers are with you as you face the pain and sorrows that follow this shock. I take solice in knowing I WILL see my father again and you WILL see your mother again! All these years later the pain and tears are still there but knowing I will see him again gives me strength and peace.. I hope it will you to! They are looking out for us.. She is your angel now Joannie. She is never far away! Know there is a greater purpose for this, a reason that is not understandable right now. And as long as she is in your heart she is right there. To see your pain while you skated brought tears to my 43 year old eyes. You brought me back to that moment for me. You are a real inspiration and I thank you for that. Please embrace your wonderful dad, he needs you just as much at this time! Gods speed with your healing Joannie! Take comfort, YOU WILL SEE HER AGAIN AND SHE IS THERE FOR YOU NOW AND SO PROUD OF YOU! You may of taken the bronze but you really won gold Joannie! Take care and GOD bless you! Thomas (Seattle, Wa. USA)

    Comment by Thomas (Seattle, Wa. USA) — 26 February 2010 @ 22:35

  1038. Dear Joannie,

    Congratulations on your bronze medal! You are a true Canadian Olympic Champion and Canadians across the country, including myself, are extremely proud of you for your accomplishments. During this difficult time, you have shown grace, poise, maturity, sheer courage and determination.

    You are an inspiration to us all. We know that you will keep making Canadians proud. Best wishes always.

    Comment by Yasmin — 26 February 2010 @ 22:37

  1039. Joannie,
    please know that i do relate what you are going through sweetheart.
    i lost my mom at an early age suddenly also with a heart attack.

    i can say it will get better but you will always have special memories in your heart.
    love
    Lina.

    Comment by Lina — 26 February 2010 @ 22:37

  1040. Dear Joannie,

    My heart was full of prayers for you and your family when I heard the news of your mother’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone who watched you skate on Tuesday saw “the moment” of the Games. In my opinion that was “the” GOLD Medal performance of all the Olympic disciplines. Such courage! Such skill! You are a true Olympian in every sense of the word.

    Your performance moved me to tears, as I prayed for you. The courage and poise you displayed during both of your performances was outstanding. I believe your mother was there in spirit, loving you, cheering you on, full of pride. I also believe God and his angels were there surrounding you with love as you skated so beautifully.

    I am so proud to be a Canadian and so very proud that we in Canada have such a fine young woman representing us. You are an amazing young woman with a wonderful future ahead of you. Whatever you seek will be yours. You are so strong, so true and so capable of standing on guard for Canada . We all love you Joannie. That you had the courage, strength and skill to skate for our country , winning a medal no less is the true measure of the woman you are. You skated with such elegance and beauty and composure! Your performances will never be forgotten by anyone who was fortunate enough to see you skate. You are exquisite!

    Comment by Mary Stevens — 26 February 2010 @ 22:39

  1041. Dearest Joannie,
    I am terribly sorry for the loss of your mom, she will forever stay in your heart as she will for all who loved her dearly. Her love for you will never leave you, neither will the love from your fans.

    You were so amazing to watch this weekend, your performance and dedication to yourself, your country and your dearest mom, will be a memory the entire world will never forget.

    Your courage and humility will forever be respected and admired.

    Congratulations, and again my deepest and sincerest apologies to you and your whole family.

    Supporting you always,
    Nawel :)

    Comment by Nawel Benrabah — 26 February 2010 @ 22:42

  1042. I am 40 years old and live in Texas. I had never heard of you before the Olympics, but now I will never forget you. Your performance in the short program brought tears to me eyes and your inspiration through this whole ordeal has captured my heart. I am so proud of you for continuing to push forward and capture that precious medal. You are my true princess!
    ~hugz4ever~

    Comment by Ronnie Blair — 26 February 2010 @ 22:48

  1043. congratulations on your medal.i lost my mom on april 8th 09 its been tough at times,my sympathy goes out to you and your family.go to your family for support,it’s going to be hard times ahead edward reilly

    Comment by edward reilly — 26 February 2010 @ 22:50

  1044. First i want to say Congrats on your Medal from the USA. My husband was really rooting for you to win Gold, but i am sure the Bronze is very nice as well. Ah hun, I am so very sorry in the loss of your Mother. I to have lost my mother and wish to say it probably will get harder now that the games are over. Before you had the olympics to think about now you have to think about what has happend. Believe me when I say you will be able to smile again and even laugh. Our Moms are Our Mom’s and you will never forget but you will always cherish each and every memory. Your Mom was so pretty and looked so sweet always remember that as well. She would be so proud. (((HUGS))) TO YOU~~Debbie

    Comment by Debbie — 26 February 2010 @ 22:52

  1045. Joannie,

    you represent everything that I admire about sports and the top level athletes: dedication, sacrifice and the determination to overcome every obstacle in your path. You also showed the world that you can win without being first. Your mother’s spirit lives with you.
    Que Dieu te benisse.

    Jim (Singapore)

    Comment by Jimmy — 26 February 2010 @ 22:56

  1046. Congratulations on your Olympic Medal! In the aftermath of your terrible loss, you skated with so much dignity and grace, I’m amazed by you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom would be so proud of you. Canadians everywhere are so proud of you.

    Comment by Lee Ann — 26 February 2010 @ 22:57

  1047. joannie;
    all else has been said, and i along w/ the united states agree.
    you are truly what the olympic spirit is about,and it is a great
    to see such a class beautiful act as yourself.
    and you know where the strength comes from;mama’s their now.
    w/ love and respect sincerely-respectfully
    cal shummon veterans-congressional/liaison p.o. box 346177 chicago,illinois 60634
    http://www.missionnairesdusaint-esprit.com
    finally may i request your autographed pix for my office.

    je’taime je’tadore
    always your neighbors and friends
    U.S.A.

    Comment by cal shummon — 26 February 2010 @ 22:59

  1048. Joannie & Family,

    Your performances were courageous and inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Dawn Waye — 26 February 2010 @ 23:00

  1049. My brother Gary & I (Keith) cheered you on thru dampened eyes, and are so proud of you!
    God bless you and your Dad….we wish you both all the best in the coming days and in your futures!
    Congrats on your Bronze medal…. the hilite of the Games for us was your performance, whether you had won a medal or not…that’s just the icing on the cake.
    Take care, all the best in the future….we are so proud of you… what an inspiration! Regards, Keith & Gary Kinloch, Edmonton.

    ,

    Comment by Keith and Gary Kinloch — 26 February 2010 @ 23:03

  1050. Congratulations! You are, by far, the most inspirational athlete at these Olympic Games. Both performances brought me to tears. The strength and bravery you posses is incredible and your skating is absolutely beautiful. Canada is so proud of you!

    Comment by Hilary — 26 February 2010 @ 23:07

  1051. Joannie, your example of strength was unforgettable, thanks for gave the world such a beautiful performance, turning all you pain in art. The golden medal is in your heart. I and all the Brazilian people feel sorry for your loss.

    Comment by JHbrazil — 26 February 2010 @ 23:09

  1052. Joannie

    I just wanted to say how impressed I was with your show of courage and determination. It is that quality which makes me tune in to the Olympics each and every time it is aired.

    Having unexpectedly losing my mother in 2004, I know the kind of hurdles you had to overcome to achieve what you did, and in my opinion, that was far and away the most impressive performance I had ever witnessed.

    Take care and know my heart goes out to you and your family.

    Comment by Rick — 26 February 2010 @ 23:10

  1053. Bonjour Joannie, il y a plusieurs années je m’entrainais en meme temps que toi a Trois-Riviere. Ta force et ta persévérance m’ont toujours impressionnées. Pour moi le patinage s’est terminé il y a quelques années deja. Je n’habite plus le Canada et meme ici aux USA on parle de toi et de la difficile période dans laquelle tu te trouves maintenant. J’en avais les larmes aux yeux lorsque je t’ai regardé performer aux JO. Ma fille disait toujours GO Canada GO quand elle te voyait a la tele! Encore une fois Felicitations , nos prieres et nos pensées sont avec toi.

    Comment by Marie Catherine — 26 February 2010 @ 23:17

  1054. Vous êtes une inspiration! Je vous félicite vivement et vous envoie du même élan mes condoléances. Vous êtes un modèle de piété filiale, de courage, de force, et je me souviendrai longtemps de vous comme symbole de tout ce qui est noble.

    Comment by F R — 26 February 2010 @ 23:20

  1055. Joannie, you are an inspiration! You have such strength and such poise. You have made all of Canada proud. Most importantly, I am sure that you have made your mother proud. After all of your hard work, I hope that you can soon take the time to be with your friends and family during this hard time. All of Canada is thinking of you. As you deal with the tragedy that has occurred, take some comfort in knowing that you are a phenomenal role model for young girls – you are athletic and dedicated and you showed how to ‘dig deep’ when you really had to. Canada is proud of you, Joannie!

    Comment by Amy — 26 February 2010 @ 23:27

  1056. Your courage and grace in such a difficult time makes us all proud to be Canadian!
    Cheers
    p

    Comment by pat hayden — 26 February 2010 @ 23:30

  1057. Dearest Joannie,
    You are an inspiration to everyone in this country, and around the world. Your inner strength is beyond anything that I could possibly imagine. You did so well in both your programs, you must be very proud of yourself. My four year old daughter clapped at every spin and jump, and then informed me that she wants to “skate like that pretty lady, she is so beautiful”. I believe in my heart that your Mother was there with you, smiling with you and sharing your Olympic medal with you and your Father. Congratulations on your Bronze, and I can’t wait to see you skate on Saturday at the Gala.
    Samantha

    Comment by Samantha Petch, Ont. — 26 February 2010 @ 23:34

  1058. Unbelievable courage. You are an inspiration to us all. God bless you and my prayers are with you in this difficult time.

    Comment by dino rossi — 26 February 2010 @ 23:41

  1059. Joannie,

    Congratulations on winning a bronze medal. You showed tremendous grace and strength on the ice. Your mother would be very proud of you. I lost an uncle recently, and it is tough to deal with. You and your father will get through this together.

    Andy Z.
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Comment by Andy — 26 February 2010 @ 23:56

  1060. Quelle exemple tu as donné comme quoi on doit aller de l’avant même dans les pires moments.

    xox tout mon amour

    Lynda

    Comment by Lynda Mackrous — 27 February 2010 @ 00:01

  1061. Joannie, you are such a brave girl, I admire you not only as a skater , also as a human being, you are so inspirational. I am 11 years old. I could not imagine what is to loose your mom. I love my mom too. and she is a skating mom who takes me everyday to practice and waits for me at the arena. I am so happy that you skated for you, for your mom and for canada. tnks Joannie. I took lots of pics of you from the tv sreen and there are my my cell phone’s background. having you in me cell, is having you close to me to give me courage. you are my fav skater. luv ya

    Comment by paulina pronski — 27 February 2010 @ 00:01

  1062. Congratulations on your bronze medal. My heat goes out to you and your family. Your performance, strength, and poise have touched a lot of people around the world. You have a lot character and heart. I don’t know many people who would go out and accomplish what you did. May your mother’s spirit follow you everyday and never forget her. Take one day at a time and be thankful for each one. God bless you because he loves you very much. You are so strong. Never forget that. May your mom rest in peace.

    Comment by Jacob W, Colunbus OH — 27 February 2010 @ 00:05

  1063. Congratulations on your amazing skating performance! Wishing you the best for your days ahead. I know that your courage and strength will help you and your loved ones cope in this difficult time.

    Comment by SC — 27 February 2010 @ 00:08

  1064. I wish to express my condolences on the loss of your mother. You did a great job, you should have received the gold! May God bless you!

    Comment by Daniel — 27 February 2010 @ 00:11

  1065. Joannie,

    Congratulations on your beautiful skates and bronze medal! You have been an inspiration to Canadians and your strength and determination has truly been amazing.

    Regards,

    Kendal

    Comment by Kendal — 27 February 2010 @ 00:16

  1066. Dear Joannie,

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your father, Normand. Having lost a parent recently, I’m overwhelmed by your strength. Thank you, for allowing all of Canada and the world to have the honour of watching your Olympic performances. We are thinking of you and our hearts and thoughts go out to you. May you enjoy your many memories of your mom and continue to share those memories with friends and family. Our daughter Rachel is a huge fan and prepared a “Joannie Rochette” trading card for her recent socials project. She’ll now be replacing soccer with skating next fall.

    All the best,
    The Bjornson Family

    Comment by Lisa Bjornson & Family — 27 February 2010 @ 00:24

  1067. Joannie- Your stunning performances in Vancouver touched me like no others. You embodied grace under fire and watching you made me, a recent widow, believe that we can face our darkest moments with determination and purpose. You showed tremendous character and strength.
    You are an inspiration to us all, and you made a nation proud. I have no doubt that your mother is beaming with pride and will be with you always. Take comfort in the wonderful memories you have of her, and take care of yourself.
    Sincerely,
    Felicia

    Comment by Felicia Travis — 27 February 2010 @ 00:25

  1068. Joannie,

    What beautiful grace and courage you displayed during these Olympic games! I watched both your short and long programs. You skated so beautifully and with such emotion. I am sure your mother in Heaven is so very, very proud of you and your dad here, too. May God bless you and give you comfort and peace! Praying for you and for your family.

    Marcia
    USA

    Comment by Marcia — 27 February 2010 @ 00:28

  1069. Congratulations on your Bronze medal!!!! Thank you for making Canada proud!!!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your dad at this difficult time. I just recently lost my best friend my mom…I know how you are feeling my deepest sympathy… Make sure take time for just you and your dad… BE STRONG!!!!!!

    your friends from Canmore

    Comment by Mary — 27 February 2010 @ 00:35

  1070. Dear Joannie:

    On a rare occasion Athletes transcend the sport of their professional accomplishment. This week you did just that. A friend of ours passed away this time last year leaving behind two little girls (ages 8 and 6). Last night, for the first time in their young lifetime someone was able to demonstrate to them that in spite of seemingly insurmountable tragedy one can find solace by having something that they are passionate about, find the strength to excel at that passion and in doing so honor their lost parent so brilliantly. As a skating fan you skated both of your programs amazingly and for that you should be so proud. However the pride that your mother is surly feeling right now is for the person not the skater that she raised. Losing a parent especially as a child is such an isolating experience but the lessons that you taught these children, that their life will indeed go on, that magnificent things can lay ahead for them and that despite the loneliness inside that they are not alone, makes you more of an icon then any gold medalist could ever hope to be. Skaters come and go but the gifts that you gave to so many will never be forgotten.

    Thank you for your courage, strength and example and for sharing your extraordinary talents with the world. Congratulation on your well deserved Bronze medal, you will be in our thoughts and prayers always…

    Peri
    New York, NY

    Comment by Peri — 27 February 2010 @ 00:37

  1071. Dear Joannie,
    Although we have not met, we both belong to a club that very few of us every wanted to join – those separated from their mothers by death. Admission to this club is the heartbreak of loss beyond what you ever expect. I was blessed to have time with my mother to prepare to say our goodbyes and say so many important things. She was 6 months from her diagnosis of terminal cancer to her quiet death. One year later, at age 40 I became a parent for the first time bringing our beautiful daughter home from China on the first anniversary of my mother’s death. So many people have said how sad it must be to have the arrival of Singshan on this sad anniversary. I will never forget my sobbing as our airplane left Beijing and flew through the clouds just like the ones present in the sky on this same date a year before when my mother had died. She was missing the joy of meeting her first grandchild. But my mother was so excited that I was finally going to be a parent and it was her deepest sadness when she died that she would miss the most exciting time in my life. BUT both our daughters know so much about their Grandma Eileen, that many people think they have met her. I can tell you that at every important family occassion I miss my mother deeply. My daughters love to hear about what grandma Eileen would do with them if she was still here. We talk about the things they do that remind us of Grandma Eileen.
    I admire the courage and strength and focus you have to be able to skate through your programs. Watching you I was reminded of the many times my husband has said to me, “Your mom would be so proud of you/our girls”. As you walk through this painful time, remember that you are not alone and seek out the family and friends that share your tears and your stories about your mom. Your medal will always be tied in with how much your mom wanted you to be a champion and you have proved that beyond a doubt. sincerely, Jane Blannin-Bruleigh

    Comment by Jane Blannin-Bruleigh — 27 February 2010 @ 00:40

  1072. My dear Joannie,

    Your grit, determination and ability to perform so well in such a trying circumstance is a great lesson for all who face very difficult situations.

    Your courage and grace set the gold standard for the rest of us. What a woman.

    I wil never forget you.

    May the future hold true to your wishes.

    Best of luck,

    Imre Weitzner

    Comment by imre weitzner jr — 27 February 2010 @ 00:40

  1073. Dear Joannie,

    You have such courage and grace. In sorrow and in victory, we are all one
    in spirit. God’s comfort and peace to you and your family.

    Pamela Nashville,TN USA

    Comment by Pamela Roach — 27 February 2010 @ 00:53

  1074. Joannie, you’re the hero of the Olympics for Canada. You skated with beauty and grace, simply mesmerizing. I was so happy for you I couldn’t hold back my own emotions as you took your place on the podium. Simply by persevering and believing in yourself, you truly embody the heart and soul of the games. You did it!!!!<3<3<3

    Good luck in your future and best wishes to you and your family. Hopefully we'll see you carry the flag in the closing ceremonies! You deserve it.

    Comment by matt — 27 February 2010 @ 00:54

  1075. Dear Joannie,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    My family wishes you all the best in the coming time ahead. It will not be easy but it will get easier as time goes on. I believe your Mom is watching over you and knows what a great Daughter she has in you. We are all very proud of you and what you have accomplished throughout your career. Congratulations on the Bronze Medal. What an inspiration you are. Continue to be the strong person we all saw during your short program but also take time for yourself to heal. It is also important. With much love and respect. Joanne Racette of Selkirk.Manitoba.

    Comment by Joanne Fitzsimmons(Racette) — 27 February 2010 @ 00:54

  1076. I will be praying for you girl!!! You made us all happy to be Canadian!!

    Comment by Neil — 27 February 2010 @ 00:56

  1077. Joannie, I just want to tell you how amazed I was at your poise, strength and grace in competition this week. You have made all borders, language and country barriers evaporate with those amazing performances. You had an entire world held breathless. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Comment by John Gasco Missouri U S A — 27 February 2010 @ 01:01

  1078. Joannie;
    I watched your performance it was absolutely beautiful ! I want to tell you you are one tough young lady to be able to pull that performance off at that time. I think I know what you were going through as I too lost my mother late last year. I hope to see you perform again, stay strong, and be there for your father. Best wishes

    Comment by Randall — 27 February 2010 @ 01:01

  1079. Dearest Joannie, You are so beautiful,and skate so clean and graceful. You have truly been a joy to watch during these olympic games. Everyone of your performances have left me in tears. My condolences go out to you and your family during these times. I will keep you in my prayers and plan on following you throughout your carreer.Not only do you impress me on the ice but In your interview with Bob Costas the other night showed your strength,maturity, and beauty aswell. Thank you for being a role model to people of all ages aroung the world. Im so proud of you and will love and cheer for you forever
    Love always,
    Michael

    Comment by Michael Feiertag — 27 February 2010 @ 01:16

  1080. Joannie,

    You are such an inspiration! Even if you did not land on the podium Canadians everywhere would be very proud of the grace and determination you’ve shown during what can only be described as an unimaginable place of adversity. You’ve done your family, Province and Country so very, very proud!

    Best wishes in what ever path you plan to take from here.

    Comment by Sally — 27 February 2010 @ 01:16

  1081. i feel so bad for you you were the best and really brave to skate when your mother died my uncle died the same day your mom died oh and i am only 9 you inspire me so much your the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Comment by georgia adams — 27 February 2010 @ 01:17

  1082. Dear Joannie,

    Sincere heartfelt sympathy and empathy for your loss. Your performance was an amazing way to show prowess, fortitude, strength, honor, and courage. You are truly an inspiration. Your family remains in our prayers.

    There couldn’t be enough praise to be said about your performances, and how incredibly elegant, beautiful, and inspiring they were. You showed the world a great deal of dignitas, and touched many of us deeply and forever.

    My dearest condolences once again. I know your mother is especially proud of you. So are the rest of us.

    Non Nobis Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomine Tuo Da Gloriam…

    Comment by Paladin — 27 February 2010 @ 01:20

  1083. Joannie, I don’t think words can describe how incredible your programs were on Tuesday and Thursday night. It was something that I’ll never forget. Not only did you make Canada and the world proud, but you made your mom very proud. Things are tough right now, but just know that you had many people around the world, including myself cheering for you in Vancouver, and we’ll continue to do so even after the Olympics and for years to come. You really are someone special, always keep the starlight in your eyes and never stop being the incredibly strong and graceful person that you are.

    With much love from the U.S. ,
    Your Fan for Life

    Comment by TD — 27 February 2010 @ 01:22

  1084. Jo – Vous etes si forte.

    My mother died of cancer at age 67. My father was completely bewildered, as was I and my brothers and sister. I had just started getting close with my mother. After she was gone, it was so strange and surreal. It took a long time to just find a way to live a little bit normal, but of course nothing can ever be the same. You and your family will have some challenges over the next few months, but life WILL go on. And you will rock the next Olympics!

    Comment by Lee — 27 February 2010 @ 01:22

  1085. Thank you for being so Beautiful, thank you for having the strength to continue to compete and follow your dream with such a heavy Heart.I lost my mother in (2003) and sometimes it seems like it was yesterday.I want you to know that it gets better with time,and the memories we have of our LOVED ones is what truly keep us going.You are a true Champion stay strong,if you ever need to talk I would Love to be your sounding board,wishing you all the best.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher

    Comment by Chriistopher Ward — 27 February 2010 @ 01:27

  1086. You have got to be be one of Canada’s most inspirational athletes. You made me so proud to be a Canadian! The courage and inner strength you showed was phenomenal. And not just because you won a medal, I think that was just icing on the cake. You are a true inspiration for many. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time, and I wish you all the best.

    Comment by clarissa — 27 February 2010 @ 01:33

  1087. Joannie,

    I wrote earlier but left out one very important part. My father died on February 12th this year. Looking forward to watching you and the other
    athletes has been a blessing to my mother and me during our own difficult
    time. Thank you for that gift.

    Comment by Pamela Roach — 27 February 2010 @ 01:33

  1088. My family’s hearts go out to you and your family. Before the 2010 Olympics we had never heard of you. Now my family and I will never forget you and the courage you showed. We all cheered for you and cried with you. Be well and God bless.

    Comment by Joseph Vaccarella — 27 February 2010 @ 01:47

  1089. Congrats on the bronze medal! I think you performed incredibly well! You should be very proud of yourself. You have inspired people from everywhere and not only has all of Canada fallen in love with you but the WHOLE world has fallen in love with you.

    You are an amazing person.

    Much Love!

    Mike (Los Angeles)

    Comment by Mike — 27 February 2010 @ 01:56

  1090. Dear Joannie,
    Congratzz on your bronze medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010.
    Everyone is so proud of your hard work and dedication you have been putting forward. Your courage and strength you have had over days have been such a big inspiration to me. Best wishes and regard for future success. Hope all is well, and stay strong! God Bless ~
    Love,
    Joanna Song

    Comment by Joanna Song — 27 February 2010 @ 01:57

  1091. Joannie – Congratulations! We are so proud of you – you are our hero! We both cried and cheered and we watched you skate. You did both your mom and dad proud – as well as all Canadians. Your bronze medal is gold to us!
    Our hearts go out to you and your family. Take time to grieve and celebrate your mother’s life. We wish you nothing but the best in the years to come.

    Comment by Linda and Larry — 27 February 2010 @ 02:13

  1092. Each time on the ice you gave two performances. One of skating. The other of grace, sorrow, fortitude, character.

    Yours is the face all will remember. Yours is the heart everyone will hold.

    Comment by Stephan — 27 February 2010 @ 02:22

  1093. Joannie…I want to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family during this emotional time. It’s not always easy to put one’s feelings into words to express their level of sincerity; but please believe that I as well as everyone else who has written has done so with the utmost of caring for you.

    If I could be one to give a medal at the Olympics; I would have given you Gold, not only for your performance; but also for your amazing courage. I’m positive that your Mother’s proud of you watching from Heaven…as the rest of us in Canada are.

    You’re an incredibly courageous young woman, an inspiration to all of us!

    – <—->– <3

    Comment by Kat ,,,=^.,.^=,,, — 27 February 2010 @ 02:23

  1094. Joannie,

    Your beautiful and passionate performances at these Olympics are a tremendous tribute to your Mother, just as you intended. You are an extraordinary human being, demonstrating courage and grace almost beyond comprehension.

    I wish you deepest peace in your life to come.

    All blessings be yours,
    Vincent

    Comment by Vincent Argiro — 27 February 2010 @ 02:35

  1095. Joannie, I don’t think there was a dry eye in Canada after your performance. You sent an inspirational message to the world with your strength and class even before you won the bronze. The medal was a wonderful accomplishment but with or without it Canada would have been equally as touched and proud. I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to you, your father and family.

    Comment by Elaine — 27 February 2010 @ 02:50

  1096. What more can be said?…you’re an amazing woman!In a time you needed strength…you gave strength and encouragement to an entire nation.As your mother will always be in your heart…you will be in all of ours.
    You’ve made me so proud to be Canadian,a fellow Quebecer,and to say that i witnessed the performance of a true champion!

    Je t’aime…Al

    Comment by AL — 27 February 2010 @ 02:53

  1097. Joannie, you have an amazing strength about you, an aura of success. I am always asked by my family why I love the Olympic Winter Games… I only have one answer for them, I look for that one defining moment that will make me remember that there is always hope for a dream to come true. And, on Tuesday night, I saw that moment. I saw you, with a broken heart, go out for your short program, while missing your Mother, give the performance of your life. It made me cry, my Mom even watched it and saw your performance, and she said, “So thats why you watch it?”. I too have lost a Parent, my Father died a year ago, and I can say, that 2 days after he died, I couldn’t have done something like that. You are truely amazing, you inspire not only an entire Canadian nation, but you also inspired the world with that performance, and I believe in my heart, that your Mother saw it as well. I can tell you that the pain never stops, it only gets easier to deal with. My heart goes out to you, and your Father. If its alright with you, the next time I pray, I will ask my Father, if he will find your Mother, and introduce himself, so that she can know that you truely touched the souls of a billion people who watched you perform Tuesday night. Especially me, you made me a fan of Figure skating all over again, and I am a new and forever fan of Joannie Rochette. Congradulations on your Bronze medal, your Mother is very proud I’m sure. It won’t bring your Mother back, but that medal is a true testament of your Mothers strength flowing in you as well. So keep flowing, and have many happy days with your Father and the rest of your family.
    With deep love, and abiding respect, Jessie Lee Morris, Prospect, TN – USA

    Comment by Jessie Morris, Prospect, TN - USA — 27 February 2010 @ 03:08

  1098. Congratulations on your Olympic Medal. Your performance on and off the rink has been worthy of gold. So sorry for the profound loss you are feeling.

    Comment by Bob Blackstad — 27 February 2010 @ 03:21

  1099. Joannie,

    To be honest, I had never even heard of you before the olympics in Vancouver this year. I only ever seem to watch figure skating once every four years. That being said I just wanted to say that I think your performance this week was fantastic. Given the circumstances of what you have been through and what you have now accomplished, you are a true champion. Words cannot express how deeply moved I was by your skating. All the best in the future.
    C.

    Comment by Christoper — 27 February 2010 @ 03:24

  1100. Dear Joannie,
    I know exactley how you feel I used to skate and I lost my mother on the biggest competition day of my life! Just know that she loved you and still does! P.S. I am your biggest fan!

    Comment by Jenna — 27 February 2010 @ 03:31

  1101. Joannie,
    I was so thrilled when you made the podium – and I’m not even Canadian! My Dad died very suddenly of a heart attack 2 years ago, just before my wedding. I realize how difficult it must be to not have your biggest fan with you at one of the most important moments of your life, and I know the feeling of trying to pull it all together and be present for that moment. I cannot, however, imagine having that moment being one that required as much of you as yours did. You’ve really captivated the world with your poise, grace and strength. I’m praying that God holds you close as things settle down and you have time to grieve your mom. She would be so proud – of your victory, and of how you carried yourself through it.

    Comment by Liz — 27 February 2010 @ 03:51

  1102. You are absolutely amazing and an inspiration to not just Canadians, but everyone around the world. It’s an absolute honour to be able to send you a message saying how proud of you we all are here in the Kootenays (a small part of interior BC).
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Thank you,
    Matt.

    Comment by Matt Konkin — 27 February 2010 @ 03:51

  1103. You are the face of Cananda’s pride. WELL DONE CANANDA, WELL DONE MADAM ROCHETTE.

    God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Maxine Clark — 27 February 2010 @ 04:01

  1104. Dear Joannie
    im ahtif and im 21
    im your biggest fan
    im so sorry about the loss of your mother and
    your performance was amazing and Congratulations on your Bronze medal
    I Wish You & Your Family Strength & Peace In The Coming Weeks!

    love now and always ahtif from the UK
    xx

    Comment by Ahtif — 27 February 2010 @ 04:43

  1105. YOU ARE WHAT HEROS AND DREAMS ARE MADE OFF , GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

    Comment by JOANNE BRUNET — 27 February 2010 @ 05:11

  1106. Joannie – You have captured all our hearts with your courage, and become Champion with your extraordinary performances on the ice.
    You may be Canada’s special star — but please know all of us, from the U.S. and around the world, were pulling for you, too. You have inspired us all!
    Congratulations to you. May God bless you and your family.

    Comment by George — 27 February 2010 @ 05:17

  1107. Dear Joannie:

    First of all, let me offer my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I am so sorry that you have suffered such loss. I am praying for you that the Lord will give you His comfort and strength during this difficult time.

    Congratulations on your bronze medal. What a lovely performance. You Mom would be so proud of you. It was so good to see you with your Dad after the win. I know he is very proud of you too.

    Your courage has been amazing and an inspiration to a nation. God bless you and your Dad.

    Sincerely,
    Sheila

    Comment by Sheila — 27 February 2010 @ 05:21

  1108. Dear Joannie,

    We were all in tears watching your performance. You embodied the theme and the song of these Olympics: I Believe. You’re more than an athlete, you’re the pride of our nation. Your courage has touched us. Our hearts and prayers are with you right now. The God of all comfort, the Father of compassion, be with you. Best wishes and may God’s love and kindness overflow to your heart as you continue your journey.

    Cheering loudly! ♥

    Comment by David — 27 February 2010 @ 05:21

  1109. Dear Joannie,

    Congratulations!!!
    Force and peace for you!!!
    Your is beautiful!

    Rafael

    Comment by rafael dos santos braga - Brasil — 27 February 2010 @ 05:50

  1110. Hi Joannie,

    I wanted to offer our condolences on the passing of your mom at age 55. Our family is going through something similiar but a little different. My wife is also 55 and is Dying of Brain Cancer, the same kind that a famous US Senator Edward Kennedy died from. Our family is of French heritage and immigrated from Quebec over 120 years ago. My son is an athlete in college, approx 4 yrs younger than you are. He is a Track athlete running distance events. He had a broken foot this summer and had surgery in July. In a very Gutsy race (like your Gutsy dance), he ran his heart out colasping 5 feet from the finish line in 11th place out of 90 runners. His training had been severly curtailed due to his surgery and he had been having trouble sleeping as he is worrying a lot about his mom. He then stood up from where he collasped, stumbled accross the finish line much faster than anyone thought possible. His effort and that of another teammate caused his team to win their conference for the first time in 12 yrs which allowed them to go to the National Championships. He was awarded the Golden Gut Award by his College for the Gutsiest race of the year!

    I just wanted you to know that you are not alone in your grief. Congratulations on your wonderful achievement and your Gusty one too!

    Sincerely,

    Gene Gourdeau

    Comment by Gene Gourdeau — 27 February 2010 @ 06:53

  1111. Joannie, my heart goes out to you and your Dad at this very rough time. What you have done this week has touched hearts all over the world. I didn’t know you before this week but I can say I will never forget you and your beautiful skating. Your medal is well deserved and I’m sure your Mom is proud of her Daughter. Enjoy your Dad, family and friends in these hard times. I’m looking forward to seeing you compete and win in the future. Your beauty, beautiful skating, and amazing strength are the part of the 2010 Olympics I will never forget.

    Rick

    Comment by Rick Swanson, New York — 27 February 2010 @ 07:08

  1112. Dearest Joannie,

    My heart goes out to you in this very difficult time. You truly did your Mom proud with your magnificent performance at these Olympics games. All of Canada and indeed the world is behind you offering our love and support!

    You are truly an inspiration!

    All the best,
    Ivy

    Comment by Ivy — 27 February 2010 @ 07:09

  1113. Dear Joannie,
    Congrats on your medal win. I’m sure you’re mother would be very proud of you. That has to be one of the bravest thing I have ever witnessed. I don’t think anyone else would have the strength to do what you after after what you’ve been though, and I congratulate you for it. You have taught me that no matter what happens in life, you just gotta keep moving, because regardless of how you take what life gives you, the world keeps on turning. We often talk about you at school, and people do nothing but praise you and what you did. I am from Québec and we when heard about you’re mother’s passing, you could tell that everyone in the province felt what you were going through. We’re here for you and always will be, because you’ll always be Canada’s daughter.

    With Love,
    Samantha Sutherland

    Comment by Samantha Sutherland — 27 February 2010 @ 07:33

  1114. Hi Joannie,

    First I would like to express my condolences on the loss of your mother. You are an inspiration to all mankind. God bless you.

    Bob Slaney
    Kelligrews, NL

    Comment by Bob Slaney — 27 February 2010 @ 07:47

  1115. MERCI! pour ces tres beaux moments!

    Depuis le temps de Elisabeth Manley et toutes les autres, le patinage artistique etait, pour moi, une affaire de fille, (maman et ma soeur)
    Pour moi les olympiques c’etait le hockey…

    Merci de me faire decouvrir la beaute de ton sport… Incroyable!!!!
    Selon tout ce que mes amis et beaux-freres m’ont dit, tu est la premiere a attirer les ”gars’… Tout le monde t’attendait a 23h45 !
    Tu es vraiment HOT! GOOD JOB!

    Tu etait plus importante que la game Canada -Russie , et je suis un gars de hockey!

    On etait tous la pour voir notre Belle Reine des Jeux!!

    Je te souhaite du repos, de l’amour, et surtout , le moral pour subir la fin des jeux. Mais apres avoir vu tes performances et tes entrevues, je ne suis pas inquiet pour toi!

    We LOVE YOU JOANNIE ! XXXXXXX

    Comment by Bob — 27 February 2010 @ 08:11

  1116. Joannie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know your mom was watching out for you from Heaven and so proud of your accomplishment at these olympics! You are a true inspiration to all Canadians!

    Comment by Cosmo — 27 February 2010 @ 08:22

  1117. Joannie..

    I’m the same age as your mum.. Heart disease runs in my family as well.. I lost my mother last year… and so I know that this next stretch of time will be very complex for you.. with times of deep sadness..
    .. I was very moved and inspired by your strength and focus.. and by your incredible Grace..
    As a Canadian, I’m proud of what you achieved.. As a human being my heart goes out to you and I wish you well..

    Comment by Karen — 27 February 2010 @ 08:52

  1118. We recently lost a parent also.Your strength and courage has been an inspiration to us.You honored your mother by your performance and we are sure that she is very proud.

    Comment by Daniel & Gail Bousquet — 27 February 2010 @ 09:05

  1119. Dearet Joannie:
    Congratulations on performing and in attaining your bronze medal! You are so beautiful and bring tears to the eyes of us Canadians and people all over the world whenever you perform or participate in interviews. You are a true inspiration to so many people all over the world-a true ambassador to Canada! I saw your interviews -you are elegant, gorgeous and so strong! You spoke so openly about your dear MOM. She certainly was your best friend-so wonderful for a daughter to say!May you continue to do your best although it will not be easy! I have lost my only daughter as a result of an accident at the age of 28 in 2006.( I still have her last Mother’s Day message on my phone) We must go on with our beautiful memories! Our thoughts and prayers go to you, your Dad and all of your family. You are certainly are my favorite Olympic Hero! God Bless You All.

    Comment by alice mattie — 27 February 2010 @ 09:25

  1120. My thoughts are with you and your family. My mother is very ill, and your courage is a model to me.

    Comment by Kathryn — 27 February 2010 @ 09:26

  1121. Joannie,
    I wish you nothing but the best in the future. Your performance, preparation, and the dignity in which you handled a seemingly impossible situation speaks volumes about you and your family.
    I’m so very impressed.

    God bless!

    Paul, Buffalo, NY area

    Comment by Paul — 27 February 2010 @ 09:27

  1122. Joannie,

    We extend our deepest sympathies for your loss. I felt the news deep in my heart for you and your dad, as my husband passed away shortly before your mom. January 23. He loved ice skating and I am sorry he didn’t get to see you at the Olympics. and as with your mom, it was very sudden. It wrenches your heart from you and you feel like you will never recover. I promise you, you will. Bill was my love for 34 years and my best friend, as your mom was to you. It is truly a life changer. As one of your adoring fans who cares so deeply for you, I wish to make a suggestion to you. Something that helped me through the first month, get as much grief support as you can. Find grief support programs near you and one for your dad. I know you have a wonderful support network, and they have been terrific. The grief support groups have programs where you can learn how to understand and live with your grief. I just started one that is a class. It is a nine week class, I know your time is limited, you may find one that meets your schedule. One thing i am looking forward to is a project on our eighth week. A memory project. I am going to build a memorial garden in our back yard. I can go back there and feel closer to him. I hope you can do something like that for your mom which will allow you to feel closer to her. God Bless you and your dad. You will continue to be in my prayers.

    Nikki Hotchkiss

    Comment by Nikki Hotchkiss — 27 February 2010 @ 09:29

  1123. Joannie, In watching your performance, I got the tremendous sense of tribute you were giving your mother and the great strength that she was sending you. I had the very good fortune of also having my mother as my close friend and confident. I would like to share what I wrote when she passed away.

    We shared my “birth,” the first 40 years of my life, and I know for certain that we will share my “death.” As she crossed over she took with her that part of me which was always apart of her and she left behind that part of her which was always apart of me. Though we are momentarily apart physically, we have never been apart spiritually – for the two of us are but one.

    It would be my honor to make for you and your family a personal tribute commemorating her life and story in a hardbound book.

    Thank you for an exquisite performance and the authenticity of sharing yourself with all of us. I know that your mother’s sense of strength will always be with you.

    Nancy
    Montverde, Florida USA

    Comment by Nancy Fishinger — 27 February 2010 @ 09:33

  1124. You inspire great things in countless Canadians and people around the world. Your resolve at this most difficult of times is truly beyond words. The grit and determination you have shown is the stuff that transforms our world into a better place.
    My dear girl, your bronze medal is a fantastic sporting achievement. The manner in which you have handled yourself in the last few days is a gold medal in character and will be remembered for ever.

    All the best for the future Joannie

    Sincerely
    Leon Karl Strongman (A Canadian living in Norway)

    Comment by Leon Karl Strongman — 27 February 2010 @ 09:49

  1125. Sending you love and encouragement to get through this difficult time. I am currently working at the Olympics and have tried my best to send you positive energy throughout your time here and knew that you were going to make your mother proud, just as you have made Canada proud. I wish you a safe trip home to your community who will be waiting with open arms. Stay strong…

    Peggy B

    Comment by Peggy B — 27 February 2010 @ 10:04

  1126. hi i am a big fan of u but i wish u could come to ontario and check out thing and ontario i cool and u can skate there to

    Comment by Ada — 27 February 2010 @ 10:23

  1127. Joannie i fell sorry for u that ur mother past away !

    Comment by Ada — 27 February 2010 @ 10:25

  1128. Dear Joannie!

    That was incredilbly strong!
    Your mother has been watching you from heaven, and certainly is very proud of you. A lot of power and good luck for you and your family.
    Greetings from Switzerland, Sonja

    Comment by Sonja — 27 February 2010 @ 10:26

  1129. Amazing… Congratulations!!!! and deepest sympathy. You make us all proud to be Canadians.

    Comment by dwight — 27 February 2010 @ 10:37

  1130. I am so sorry to hear about your lost to your love one and my heart is feel with so much sorry. I want to wish you special congrats on your medal and have been watching your program and you was super on your bronze medal night. So again my heart and pray are with you and your dad.Jim

    Comment by Jim — 27 February 2010 @ 10:47

  1131. Your an amazing women with incredible talent. your beautiful. you work hard skating and u deserved that incredible bronze medal
    u had tough times but u fought through them
    your an incredible women, whos beautiful and had amazing talents

    Comment by tim wong — 27 February 2010 @ 10:47

  1132. I love you!!!!!

    And I did a project on you!
    And you make me want to learn figure skating too!

    p.s. I’m sorry about your mother

    Comment by Alexa Cheng — 27 February 2010 @ 10:50

  1133. HI Joannie. Deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom and congratulations on you Bronze Medal. We have a lot in common you & I. We share the same birthday on January 13. I lost my Dad when I was 24. In that light, I would like to offer this perspective. I know when thinking about your Mom, one question you must be asking is where does the LOVE go when some passes? I know you feel an awful pain in your heart. The love you have in your heart for your Mum will always be there. The pain is a growing pain building a special little box to keep it in. I don’t know why God thought Theresa had done all she was supposed to accomplish. God wanted you to grow to do some really important thing in life. To accomplish this, you had to find great courage. You have a huge heart, feel things deeper. Yours, Al Rutke

    Comment by Al Rutke Newmarket, ONtario — 27 February 2010 @ 11:11

  1134. Bravo et encore Bravo….Quel bel exemple tu es pour toute notre jeunesse canadienne….Bon courage…Bonne santé…
    Avec patience et longueur de temps on peut on peut tout surmonter….
    Meilleurs voeux de Montréal

    Comment by Sonya Hawryluk — 27 February 2010 @ 11:16

  1135. Joannie you are an inspiration to people everywhere. You went out and skated with beauty and grace and you had everyone in the world applauding you. I was cheering for you all the way! I’m deeply and truly sorry for what had happened.
    Good Luck with your career and your future and best wishes to your family. I hope you will continue to continue on what you do. :)

    Comment by Cynthia Rojas — 27 February 2010 @ 11:23

  1136. Joannie,
    As I watch your interview on NBC, I just can’t stop thinking how lucky your mother was to have such a wonderful daughter. Needless to say you are a great skater, but quite frankly I was impressed with your character. You are clearly special people and I am confident you will have a bright future. And as a parent and a son, I can tell you for that your mother’s legacy and pride will never leave you.

    Best Wishes and congratulations on your Medal.

    Comment by J Tavs — 27 February 2010 @ 11:28

  1137. Joannie, congrats on your win. Your mom “is” proud of you and did get to see your performance, I say this from being a mom myself and knowing that no matter what, in body or spirit, any mom would be there for their daughter. My prayers and empathy go out to you and your family in the time to come, one thing, in time the memories will not hurt as much and you will be able to smile over them. I have an understanding, since I lost my mom Nov 2008, of your decision to still compete, to be able to have something to keep you together and still standing during a very difficult and dark time, Joannie, you did great and will continue to do so. Take care

    Comment by Charlotte — 27 February 2010 @ 11:45

  1138. Chère Joannie,

    I’m not sure if this will get to you, but what we all experienced from your grace, strength, and poise under such difficult circumstances has brought you and us something of Heaven on Earth. I am so sorry for your mother’s passing. I lost my father during the last Winter Olympics oddly enough, and these Olympics have brought me closer to that time again. I know what you are going through, and I also know that the next chapter will be difficult when you return home with your father. The Olympic bubble is soothing; but, yes, when you walk through the door of your home of the first time, it will be hard. Yet, what you have shown the world – which goes way beyond any medal – by your courage, your love for your mother, your country, your family – this will get you through. There is a word in the English language – “mettle” – and it means “a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.” You have shown us Heaven, Joannie. You can walk or skate through life now knowing you have done what you needed to do, and the gift to your mother and devoting herself to you and your gift, to yourself, to the world…will last forever. I send you all love and support. Merci, est toutes embraces et bisous à vous. Brooks Anderson brooksa@sonic.net

    Comment by Brooks Anderson — 27 February 2010 @ 11:46

  1139. Dearest Joannie,

    I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family upon the sudden death of your mom. But, sweetie you certainly did her proud. Canada is so proud of you. It took alot of strength and courage to go out there and perform under these circumstances. You have deeply moved me and many other complete strangers to you. You are admired, appreciated, loved and prayed for. We will pray for you daily that you may receive success, peace and grace for yourself and your family, now and in the future. Seeing you standing on the podium brought tears of joy in my eyes. Well done sweetie

    Comment by Eric Dimichele — 27 February 2010 @ 12:02

  1140. Chere Joannie,
    You inspire us. You are amazing beyond words and you are in all of Canada and the world’s thoughts and prayers. Your strength and courage is breath-taking and we could not be more blessed as a country then to have you represent us.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers so much,
    Alyse S.

    Comment by Alyse Schacter — 27 February 2010 @ 12:08

  1141. Chère Joannie,

    Je voudrais t’offrir mes sympathies à toi et à ta famille et également te féliciter de tes performances extraordinaires aux Jeux Olympiques. Ce que tu as fait insprire tout le Canada (et le monde entier, j’imagine). Quand je te regarde, je me rappelle que je suis fière d’être canadienne.

    Amitiiés,
    Karen McCrindle, Toronto

    Comment by Karen McCrindle — 27 February 2010 @ 12:09

  1142. Big Congratulations Joannie. Even with the huge competition there was tonight, you kept going and had a beautiful skate. You are everyones Hero. Every little girl in Canada who puts on a pair of skates now, will think of you, and your Bronze medal. Canada is very very proud of you.

    Comment by Dave parn — 27 February 2010 @ 12:14

  1143. Dear Joannie,

    Our thoughts have been with you since the start of the Olympics more so in the last week after the sudden passing of your Mother our sincere sympathies.
    Your three little friends would like to send you a gift to bring back good memories from your press conference on October 15,2009 when you met three Alpacas in Montreal they are Alexandre, Manco and Gandhi.
    Please send me and address.
    Our Hearts are still with you and you courage and commitment is fantastic.

    Comment by Alpaga Illimite Diane Feinberg — 27 February 2010 @ 12:25

  1144. Congratulations on winning your bronze medal. Your mum will be so proud of you, wherever she is. You have made all your friends, family and Canada proud of your triumph against tragedy.
    As a dance and figure skaing loving Brit, it has been inspiring to watch you skate for your hometown during these difficult times. You are trully and inspiration to many and will hold a special place in all our hearts. Your mother will always be with you wherever you are in your life. Best wishes to you and your family with God’s love. Big hugs from the UK. X

    Comment by Allie Fleming — 27 February 2010 @ 12:44

  1145. I am so sorry for your loss. Your composure, grace and humility in the face of such a tragedy is a true example of what the Olympic spirit should be. For that and the example you set for the world, you deserve a mgold medal.

    Comment by Kevin Michael Burnell — 27 February 2010 @ 12:47

  1146. Joannie,

    It took a lot of courage and strength for you to compete and for that, you truly deserve a gold medal.

    I am glad that you won a medal for your mother! I think that this medal makes all the difference in the world to you now.

    You are an inspiration to us all. You have won the hearts of many around the world.

    Bon courage!

    Claude Vachon (Ottawa)

    Comment by Claude Vachon — 27 February 2010 @ 12:51

  1147. Dear Joannie,
    Hearty Congratulations! I salute your courage and determination. I’ve been through something similar to what you might have gone through in the past week. So I know how hard it can be. You are one of the bravest athletes Canada has ever known! I wish you the very best in your career ahead!

    Ani.

    Comment by Ani Sinha — 27 February 2010 @ 13:16

  1148. Joannie,

    An outstanding performance!!! And to perform so well through your loss and grief is truly impressive. You have certainly set high standards and we hope to see you competing again in the next Olympics.

    You have made your country and your family proud!

    Comment by Chuck Johns — 27 February 2010 @ 13:25

  1149. Dear Joannie,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom.
    I am also a figure skater and experienced the loss of my Dad almost 2 years ago when I was 12. You are such an inspiration to me. It was wonderful that you still went out to compete for Canada and for your mom. I heard that Celine Dion sent you flowers and that you got to talke to her. My interpretive is to the song, My Heart Will Go On, by her. Congratulations, and I wish you all the best in the future! I can’t wait to watch you skate again today.

    Comment by Laura — 27 February 2010 @ 13:26

  1150. You have an inner strength that comes from deep inside, nutured over the years by a caring and loving family. Many young canadians have been shown through your tenacity that life is full of challenges but that these challenges do not have to stop you from fulfilling your aspirations. Congratulations!

    Comment by proud canadian — 27 February 2010 @ 13:38

  1151. Congratulaions Joannie on a job well done as a Canadian I am very proud of you and your accomplishments especially during this trying time in your life. You have proved to be a true winner and the whole country is very proud of you Bravo!!!!

    Comment by Brian Smithers — 27 February 2010 @ 13:41

  1152. Joannie! I just wanted to let you know how proud I was to see you win the the bronze medal. Your performances were the absolute high point of the olympics (I’m not even going to watch the men’s hockey final tomorrow because as far as I’m concerned the olympics are over). Your story is really what makes the olympics great. Your courage and spirit are an inspiration to all. we love you!!! Jon

    Comment by Jon T. — 27 February 2010 @ 13:52

  1153. Dear Joannie & family,
    My heart goes out to you at the loss of your dear Mother at the Olympic Games, there
    to support you. Your courage inspired millions of people around the world. You skated with such grace and determination under the most difficult circumstances. I’m sure that your Mother would be cheering for you with the rest of us as you stood on the podium. May your star shine even brighter as you continue to persue your career of skating, knowing that you couldn’t have honoured your Mother in a more loving way, than to skate and win a medal at the 2010 Olympic Games.
    Below is a poem I wrote some years ago. It has been read at several funerals, sometimes re-phrazed to suit those who received it, as it is here:

    THE JOURNEY

    The sound of a different drummer
    Called your Mother away too soon.
    But she rests in a place free of care
    And stress,
    She’ll never be alone.

    She was lifted on wings so strong and soft,
    They bore her to where she rests.
    They gently took her to Heaven’s home,
    And held her safe aloft.

    She’s only a breath away from you
    Though her form cannot be seen.
    She’s everything she ever was,
    And what she might have been.

    Any burdens through her life, the’re left
    Behind and gone.
    She’s free of them, and rests in peace.
    God took her safely home.
    Verna Plater-Davies
    Port Colboren, ON.

    Comment by Verna Plater-Davies — 27 February 2010 @ 13:53

  1154. Dear Joannie,

    Our heartfelt thoughts go to you and your family in the loss of your dear “maman”.

    We send you our love and support in the days ahead and we feel for you so much.

    How you managed to perform is beyond us but we know for sure it was for yourself and dedicated to your dear Mom – we just know she was with you and jumping for joy. May this thought bring a smile to you in the days ahead.

    We are from Hudson Québec – “nous vous admirons beaucoup et vous souhaitons d’être très très bien entourée dans les jours à venir”.

    Bon courage, vous êtes une superbe québécoise et canadienne dont nous sommes très fiers…..

    Ian et Lise Peck

    P.S. Read all of these sympathy notes when you get the chance – take it all in and please don’t fret about returning any of these messages – impossible and not necessary – they come from our hearts.

    Comment by Ian and Lise Peck — 27 February 2010 @ 13:57

  1155. Joannie nous avons prié pour toi ,nos sympaties à toi et ta famille …
    Nous étions certain de ta réussite et tu as obtenu une belle médaille de bronze, toi tu es en or…
    Quelle inspiration tu es pour le monde entier qui t’aime.
    Jacques et Francine . Toronto E M S

    Comment by Jacques Hins Toronto E M S — 27 February 2010 @ 14:01

  1156. Dear Joannie, I saw your first and second go round. And thought you were fantastic. I’ve had tears for you ever since I saw your short skate. I am a mother of 2 and I know that your mother would have been jumping for joy and extremely proud of you even if you hadn’t of come home with a medal. You did awesome!!! I’m thinking of you. You are so brave.

    Comment by Kelly S. from Winnipeg, MB — 27 February 2010 @ 14:03

  1157. Dear Joannie,
    Congratulations on your victory in winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics! I as a fellow Canadian am sooo happy for you!! You were a beautiful sight to see on the ice! Way to go girl!!!! :)
    I would also like to say how very sorry I was to hear about the passing of your mom, I myself lost my father a year ago and it hurts,but you are strong and you and your father will get through this because you have each other to lean on. Make sure you do.
    Again, Joannie,.. you won Gold in mine and my fiance`s heart for your beautiful and brave performance! We wish you and your father love and strength > Thank-you for making me proud to be your fellow Canadian!
    A friend, Michelle Hudson :)

    Comment by Michelle Hudson — 27 February 2010 @ 14:04

  1158. Joannie,
    May God bless you

    Comment by John Sanitate — 27 February 2010 @ 14:10

  1159. Dear Joannie: I am so sorry about the passing of your Mother. I am very impressed with your skate at the Olympics. You show a great amount of courage under the circumstances. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal.Your skate will leave a lasting memory to me. Best wishes in your future endeavors. and once again congratulations. the whole country is behind you.

    Comment by jean bolton — 27 February 2010 @ 14:12

  1160. Joannie,

    Congratulations on winning a Olympic medal.You and your family are in our prayers.

    Comment by John Stroud — 27 February 2010 @ 14:13

  1161. Dear Joannie,

    It was late at night when we heard of your loss, and my heart immediately went out to you. I said to my husband, “How in the world can she go on? Where does someone gather the strength to perform amidst such horrible tragedy?”

    As I watched you skate Tuesday night, I was so, SO proud of your performance, and amazed at your strength. The moment your skate ended, tears for your pain welled up in my eyes as I watched you cry. Moments later, Scott Hamilton tried to comment on your performance. He became choked up and could not complete his sentence. I lost it, and just cried for you knowing how hard that must have been! Shortly thereafter, my husband called and said, “How did Joannie do?” I started crying again, and finally said, “It was amazing!”

    I could see more strength in you on Thursday night, and CONGRATS on your Bronze! Even though I am a loyal countrywoman from the USA, I was cheering for you to win the Gold! But I hope that you know, your Bronze IS as good as Gold to MANY people around the world, and we have marveled at what you have accomplished in this very difficult time.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the difficult times ahead. May you find peace, and know they are many others praying for you.

    Hugs,
    Marti Wornell
    Nashville, TN – USA

    Comment by Marti Wornell — 27 February 2010 @ 14:16

  1162. My heart and prayers are with you.
    You have made Canadians so proud – your achievement in winning the Bronze medal was amazing, but most importantly the fact that you skated with your heart, in memory of your mother will be most remembered. You are the “whole” package, your mother would be so proud and I do believe she was with you for both skates.
    Congratulations – and much success in all your future plans.

    May this poem bring some comfort to you and your family.
    Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Kindest regards,
    Patti

    Comment by Patti Fisher — 27 February 2010 @ 14:22

  1163. Joannie,
    First, my heart goes out to you, your father and the rest of your family. The words you spoke during your post medal interview about your recent tradgedy “not sinking in until you get home to help your dad” hit me like a brick in the face. Your words rang so true for me because just last month, I lost my wife of 42 years. I have two daughters and without their help and support, I don’t think I could have survived such a devastating blow. I commend your courage for going forward with your program under these difficult circumstances as I know how difficult that must have been for you. And, I pray that you find the same strength upon returning to your home where the challenges you’ll face will be even greater.

    Please accept my congratulations and more importantly, my sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Dave — 27 February 2010 @ 14:25

  1164. Hi Joannie. I am a 45 year old mom of three beautiful, healthy girls. In September I had a heart attack – no history. I exercise, eat right, and try to take really good care of myself. My heart goes out to you, I am so proud of you and what you did, you did EXACTLY what your mom would have wanted you to do. My daughters are only 12, 11 and 5, the older two understand what happened to me. As I was crying watching you skate, they asked me what was wrong and I told them you were an example to them, you were doing something so difficult with so much grief in your heart but you were doing what your mom would have wanted you to do. I told my older two, “This is a gift to you, watch this girl skate she is teaching you something for me. If anything happens to me, PLEASE LIVE, be happy, follow your hearts and your dreams and know that I am with you always!” Joannie, thank you for that gift. Your mom is smiling down and that little voice you hear is her whispering to you in your heart. THANK YOU! My girls and I will remember you always you are in our prayers. Blessings, and peace, Kathy

    Comment by Kathy — 27 February 2010 @ 14:39

  1165. I would like to offer congratulations on your medal and compliment you on the beautiful performances you shared with us. I offer my deepest condolences to you. I cannot comprehend the pain you must be enduring but something tells me your mom is still watching you and she was absolutely with you in Vancouver..and she always will be.

    Comment by Sonnet — 27 February 2010 @ 14:46

  1166. Congratulations on your achievement. Also, I, along with millions of other Americans, admired your courage, bravery and strength in performing under impossible circumstances. All my best to you and your family during this time. As a high school teacher, it is refreshing to see someone of such high character, dignity and beauty to serve as a role model to ALL people.

    Comment by Joe T. — 27 February 2010 @ 15:21

  1167. Joannie, you are an amazing athlete and person! What character you showed skating after receiving such devastating news about your mother’s sudden death. And you continue to show such grace and dignity taking time from your grieving to talk with the media. You and you family have my deepest condolences. Just watching you and hearing you talk shows the world what a wonderful mother you have. May you continue to be blessed in your career. All the best as you move forward from the Olympics and into this difficult new phase of life without your mother.
    A bien tot!
    Jim

    Comment by Jim — 27 February 2010 @ 15:44

  1168. Dear Joannie

    What a way to face the adversities of live!!! Bravooooooo. We need People like you all over the world these days. You are an example of courage and bravery wherever you go, we accompany you in your pain and we admire you.

    God bless you!!

    JJ

    Comment by JOSE J JIMENEZ — 27 February 2010 @ 15:44

  1169. Joannie,
    I had the pleasure of watching you skate this week and it was truly amazing.I hope you’ll be skating on one of the tours after the Olympics. I felt your struggle with the loss of your mom. I lost my Dad’s mom 19 yrs ago on the week of my wedding. She lived with us till I was 22 and we moved. So I got to thinking of her while watching you skate and that’s a good thing. You have a lot to look forward to. What do you plan to do from here?
    Sincerely,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Taychert — 27 February 2010 @ 16:15

  1170. Dear Joannie,
    Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family on the sudden passing of your dear Mother. We think you are absolutely amazing and to have competed under such duress takes a lot of courage and strength. It’s wonderful that you earned a bronze medal and we know your future has a gold in there, too! Best of luck to you and know that Canada is very proud of you and is behind you in all your future endeavours. Bon courage…chère Joannie. You go lady!

    Comment by Lisa D. — 27 February 2010 @ 16:20

  1171. congratulations joannie,
    you’re accomplishment made history. My condolences to you and your family. Thank you for the bronze medal

    Comment by PAT — 27 February 2010 @ 16:42

  1172. You are my hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for still skating even after your loss. I have been watching you forever and you have inspired me, as a skater to reach for the stars. I can’t wait to see in stars on ice in Winnipeg. You are the most amazing person on the earth! I know your mom was with you during your wonderful skates this week. Thank you for inspiring me. I am sending you a card! You should come to the super seminar in winnipeg that Liz Manley goes to in july…. please!

    Comment by clara Christensen — 27 February 2010 @ 16:46

  1173. Joannie
    You were truly blessed to have had the mother you did. The more I hear about your Mom the more I love her. So often now people are worried about being their children’s best friends rather than being true parents. It is obvious to me that your Mom was a true parent who always considered your needs above her own but also had clearly defined expectations of you.
    It is a parents job to raise self sufficient children who can stand on their own and make their way in life and it is clear your Mother succeeded. { No doubt your Dad had a hand in this too. ;-) } I wish you well.
    Tara

    Comment by Tara — 27 February 2010 @ 17:05

  1174. hello Joannie! Congratulations on your skating win. I was very touched by your performance! Thanks so much for continuing and getting your medal! I lost my own mom to breast cancer back in 2005 and my heart goes out to you! Keep your chin up , you are one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen!! Cheers, peace and love,

    -chris

    Comment by Chris Hobbs — 27 February 2010 @ 17:50

  1175. If there was a gold medal for courage and grace…you’d be the winner with a perfect score!
    My sympathies to you and your family! You did your mother proud!

    Comment by Jan — 27 February 2010 @ 18:03

  1176. Hi Joannie! My grade two class saw your first performance (short one) and I especially thought your dancing was beautiful. It must be very sad to have lost a parent and I know that this is some tough times for you so I hope that you feel better. And I think you deserve gold instead of bronze because that was a major act of bravery to skate without a mom by your side so I hope that this makes you at least a little bit happy.

    From kamea

    Comment by Kamea — 27 February 2010 @ 18:04

  1177. Joannie nous aimerions te féliciter pour ta médaille de bronze, ton courage et ta persévérance. Nous sommes fiers que tu sois une Canadienne et que tu nous représentes aux Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver. Nos prières sont pour toi et ta famille. Bon courage.

    Nous aimerions dire un beau bonjour et félicitations à Manon qui est notre cousine, nous sommes très fier du beau travai que vous avez accomplies.

    Comment by Lorraine Tremblay, Richard Perron et Florianne Perron — 27 February 2010 @ 18:12

  1178. Congratulations Joannie on your outstanding programs. You are a true competitor and champion. Our family sends their deepest regrets to you and your family in the loss of you mother. The strength you have shown is unbelievable. We continue to think about you and send our prayers and strength to help you through this.
    You are a wonderful role model for all. Congratulations also on the Terry Fox award. You embelish all it stands for.

    Love Lisa

    Comment by lisa — 27 February 2010 @ 18:16

  1179. Congratulations Joannie, on the Bronze medal you won for your mother, yourself and your Country!!! You have shown the world with your remarkable strength, courage and bravery what a true champion is all about. You went on to fulfill the dream both you and your Mother wanted. Somehow I think your mom left her soul with you, so she was still with you every jump, spin and spiral sequence. You gave her, her one last dream; to get on the podium and win a metal.

    From my heart and ALL of America our thoughts and condolences go to you and your family!! Wish you all the luck in the world in your future…..God Bless!!!

    Comment by Miles — 27 February 2010 @ 18:20

  1180. Dear Joannie,
    Our family wishes to express our deepest condolescences and sympathy.
    You are a remarkable young woman. Your mom is looking down from above with great proudness and love. You share this medal with your mom, may it comfort you now during this very diffiult time and may it forever be an everlasting symbol of your strength, and the deep love of your mother.
    Peace be with you.

    Comment by Kathleen Jossy — 27 February 2010 @ 18:52

  1181. Salut Joannie,

    Mes très sincères condoléances à toi et ta famille. Tu es tellement courageuse, c’était une inspiration de te voir continuer malgré tout.
    J’avais les larmes aux yeux en regardant tes deux coréraphies, tu es superbe et très forte. Bon courage dans les semaines à venir et félicitations! Le Canada est très fier de toi ma belle.

    Comment by Dominique — 27 February 2010 @ 18:58

  1182. Joannie, nous sommes tous fiere de toi! You’ve tugged at our hearts, and you’ve made us all so proud. You’ve strengthened all of us, not just French or English, not just Canadians, but everyone.

    Thank you, Merci. You are an inspiration to us all!

    Comment by Mike McCarthy — 27 February 2010 @ 19:27

  1183. Dear Joannie, My heart, love and prayers are with you. Your strength and determination has proven without a doubt, that at the most devastating time in your life, you can achieve what you are determined to do. Joannie, you are a classy young lady with such grace and dignity and I am as proud of you as all of Canada is. I wish you and your father strength and courage in the difficult days ahead. God be with you both.
    Nancy, Vancouver BC

    Comment by Nancy Dixon — 27 February 2010 @ 19:48

  1184. Joannie, you have been an inspiration to all athletes and Canadians during this very trying time. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal – enjoy it and remember that your Mother was watching you with a big smile. You have really shown the true meaning of the Olympic movement – perserverence and hard work is the heart and soul of the Olympic Games.

    You deserve to carry the flag in the Closing Ceremonies as the best representative of all the Canadian Athletes.

    Comment by Shelley — 27 February 2010 @ 19:58

  1185. Joannie, Canada is proud of you!! My condolences to u and ur family during this difficult time, u are in my thoughts and prayers. Ur mom is proud of you and what u have accomplished…….

    Comment by Cherie — 27 February 2010 @ 19:58

  1186. Dear Joannie: I watched with great pride as you performed in the Olympics. You are a great tribute to your Mom’s love. God bless.
    Kate

    Comment by Kate Bednarek — 27 February 2010 @ 19:58

  1187. I am truly sorry about your loss but you are truly amazing for skating like you did and win. You make me proud to be a Canadian. My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time. You should be very proud of your medal win I know I am. I wish you all the best in your future in skating and life.

    Comment by Zonja D — 27 February 2010 @ 19:58

  1188. Dear Joannie: God bless you and stay close to you at this difficult time. You are an inspiration to us all. Sincerely, Ramona

    Comment by Ramona Rex — 27 February 2010 @ 20:08

  1189. Mes compliements les plus sincers Joannie !!!
    Une médaille qui brille comme l’or d’une petite étoile qui est volée dans le ciel..
    Une chanteuse que j’aime bien a ainsi chanté : ”Vole mon ange, ma douleur” ..
    Le monde entier t’aime, ma chère amie canadienne !
    Retrouve la joie et ton beau sourire !

    Amicalement,
    Renata
    (Italie)

    Comment by Renata — 27 February 2010 @ 20:11

  1190. An old saying is that God does not give us more than we can manage… I would add to that, that sometimes we find out how much we really can manage by what God has given us to deal with. -Everybody, including Joannie Rochette, just found out a lot more about Joannie Rochette than anyone could have guessed just a short while ago, -and isn’t it incredible what was revealed?
    What an impressive, lovely young woman, -and what a load you carried with incredible grace on the way toward showing what you are made of. You carried yourself with a strength and character that was absolutely amongst the most inspiring displays of human character, integrity, and dignity that I have ever personally witnessed. In choosing to try to fulfil your and your mothers dreams despite the circumstances, you also made your journey a shared experience, -and anyone who was paying attention is a bit better person through you, for having allowed us to live in those moments with you.
    Unintentionally, you gave something of yourself that was worth more than all the gold medals in the world. You shared what was in your heart, and although I am not a woman, I can tell you that any mother would be prouder for what lives there within you Joannie, than for all the gold medals or other worldly accomplishments that money can buy. God bless, and here’s to better days ahead for you and your family, Joannie.
    (By the way, in case you happen to read this some day, maybe this will give you a smile… -you have absolutely the best legs on ice! The other skaters all looked like little stick girls next to you! Joannie Rochette puts the figure in figure skating. —O Canada! :) ).

    Comment by A. Fan — 27 February 2010 @ 20:15

  1191. Joannie,

    You are an inspiration to all Canadians. You have done your country, yourself, your family, and especially your mother very proud.

    Our wishes and prayers are with you.

    P.S. That bronze medal….. it’s a Gold medal in my books!

    Comment by Sergio Nuzzi — 27 February 2010 @ 20:24

  1192. joannie i dont know you i dont even follow figure skating,but when i heard the news of your families tragic loss,i was shocked.i think all of our nation was grieving with you.i know that you captured our hearts,with your courage and grace.you are my champion now.we were so excited to watch your perfomances,you are an amazing lady .your strength and determination are exceptional..i pray the good lord will bless you in this time of victory and loss.

    Comment by ward olson — 27 February 2010 @ 20:52

  1193. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a beautiful, wonderful person and Canada is so proud of your accomplishment. I know you made your mother proud. I would love to see you carry the flag in the closing ceremony tomorrow – you deserve the honor and the whole world will be watching you with all their love.

    Bless you and your family. Good luck in your future endeavors and see you in 2014. xoxoxox

    Comment by Sonja — 27 February 2010 @ 20:52

  1194. Way to go Joannie!! You are a remarkable, courageous young women and all of Canada is so proud of you.

    Comment by Ian Frede — 27 February 2010 @ 20:53

  1195. Dear Joannie rochette
    you are a great and tough figure skater you are my idol i think you are amazing!!!! I’m sorry about your mom passing away.:( IM in grade 5 and i go go prince of wales in Hamilton ontario and at my school im doing a project about the olympics and we get to pick an athlete and a sport to write a report on and i picked figure skating and i choose you as my athlete!!!! lm doing a sport info card in french class but if you dont mind anwsering theese few questions beacuse i cant find the answers
    do you have a sister or brother? and there names if you do have a sis or bro
    what is your mom and dads name?
    thank you so much i hope you feel better about your mom.
    please write me back
    Chloe Guja

    Comment by Chloe Guja — 27 February 2010 @ 21:02

  1196. Joannie,
    I will be praying for you & your family during this difficult time. Your performances inspired me as well as the interview you did with Bob Costos. I can tell that you love your family very much & they did a great job raising you.
    John 14:27

    Comment by Marla Schultz — 27 February 2010 @ 21:05

  1197. Hi Joannie… It is so impressive that after something so tragic you can preform so well. You should be very proud of yourself and I know that if your mom was here she would be proud of you too. You skated with such grace and beauty, it was amazing to watch. Otherwise thank you very much for preforming you are turely a great figure skater and you set a very high bar for those who skate after you. Anyways… I hope that you and your father will be ok. Best regards to the Rochette family and hopefully I will see you carrying the Canadian flag in the closing ceremonies!!! Best of luck in your future!

    Comment by Emily — 27 February 2010 @ 21:06

  1198. Joannie,

    I was so touched by your performance during the Olympics. Besides being an incredible skater you showed such strength to skate during such a painful time in your life. I’m so happy that you won a medal. You deserved so much more!!! You will always be the hero of these Olympics in my mind. I lost my dad nearly four years ago and skated in a syncro event only a couple of weeks later. I can relate to how hard that was for you!!!! May God bless you and your family. I will continue to pray for you as you face the next few months.

    Comment by Leslie Sheffield — 27 February 2010 @ 21:07

  1199. Dear Joannie,

    My condolences goes out to you. I pray for you and your father and I wish you the best of luck .

    Your story is inspirational and have touched thousands. I wish you well and success in your career and future :)

    Comment by Ron C. — 27 February 2010 @ 21:10

  1200. Dear Joannie, father and family,

    My heart aches so much for you with the sudden death of your mom. I know you loved her very much and she loved you very much. You are a true inspiration and please know that you and your dad have a lot of people praying for you. Congratulations on winning the bronze.

    I hope you get to carry the flag in the closing ceremony.

    Sincerely,
    Debbie Krueger

    Comment by Debbie Krueger — 27 February 2010 @ 21:10

  1201. Joannie, my heart goes out to you and your family from your loss. It has to be a very hard time for you, I know what it is like to lose your best friend…your mom. They say time will heal the hurt but honestly, I miss my mom as much today as the day I lost her. The memories you have will keep her not only in your heart but your mind. I give you praise for being able to carry on in competition, but this is what your mom would have wanted. I just watched you again and my heart is with you even though I do not personally know you. You are a very strong person and an inspiration to all! You have proved that a person should never give up and be strong no matter what life hands out. God Bless you and your family!

    Comment by Deb Howard — 27 February 2010 @ 21:14

  1202. Hi Joannie, I am an American, but wanted to say that this week, at least during the women’s skating competition, I was Canadian. Or maybe it was, above all, that you reminded me more than Canadian, more than American, we are all human. Athletes, doctors, lawyers, no matter where we are, what country, we’re all people. Thank you for your strength, for your emotion, & the love you have inside, and the way you expressed it especially Tuesday night. You were nothing short of amazing, but what made it amazing is that no one could skate like that, with all that emotion, and not be a truly amazing woman. Thank you for competing and God bless you and your family especially at this time. I know going back home will be hard.

    Comment by Gary — 27 February 2010 @ 21:14

  1203. Joannie- You have my deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother. I can’t even imagine the strength and grace that it took to be able to go ahead and skate anyway. My sister and I had already decided that if an American couldn’t be on the podium that we wanted you there. It’s a fitting tribute to your mom, and I am certain she was proud of your performance. I know we were cheering for you every time your skates hit the ice.

    I don’t have to tell you that there will be difficult days ahead. It hasn’t been that long since we lost our mom. Everybody warns you that the holidays will be hard. They will be. Be prepared for the routine daily stuff to bring you to tears. The first time I went shopping for fabric without my mom, I burst into tears because it’s something she would have loved to do. The poor male shop owner didn’t know what to do with me! I can smile about it now.

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    Comment by Barbara Barfield — 27 February 2010 @ 21:16

  1204. Dearest Joannie,

    Congratulations on your bronze medal!!! Your passionate performance moved a lot of people all over the world. You were the strongest and the most beautiful woman!! I’m sure your mom was happy and proud of her greatest daughter somewhere in the rink. Hope you will get over her death with the help of your so many fan’s support.

    Love,
    Mariko

    Comment by Mariko — 27 February 2010 @ 21:18

  1205. I am such a big fan of u and your talents. you are amazing and I hope you have the best life after going though your mother’s death.I cryed when I saw u you cryed! I wish u luck in your future and you are very pretty too lol

    by christina/tina girl

    Comment by christina.b — 27 February 2010 @ 21:23

  1206. Joannie;

    My heart and soul are with you. I am very proud to have seen you continue with your dream even through all this. You showed what the true spirit of the olympics are truly about. Love and courage! You are an amazing woman. Congratulations on the Terry Fox Award and the bronze medal.

    My heart is with you and wish you and your family the best wishes.

    Comment by Denis Guay — 27 February 2010 @ 21:33

  1207. Joannie, You are truly and insperation to ALL Canadians, and I want to personally congratulate you on your Bronze Medal! It didn’t matter where you placed, the fact that you competed through such a difficult time, shows me how truly amazing a person you are! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time!!!!
    Thank you for all you have done for this country!!!
    God Bless!

    Comment by Amanda Irvine — 27 February 2010 @ 21:48

  1208. Congratulations on your Bronze and more importantly on being able to continue on during this time. as a mother I would have wanted my child to continue the dream. you have made her so proud. I lost my mother when i was 16 and I am now 62. I miss her everyday all my special events in my live I have shared with her I keep her alive within my heart . She is always there for me . I could feel her given me the encouragement to fight when I had breast cancer ., proud of me with all my accomplishment I have had over the years. I know everyday she is with me. The pain will heal in time but her memory and her life will continue within you. Take time to heal . You are in my prayers and I know you will be ok just look what you have done this week so you know all ready that she is with you taking care of her little girl and so very proud of her. In my prayers

    SINCERELY Donna

    Comment by Donna Stilws — 27 February 2010 @ 21:53

  1209. From Sara Shuja, age 6:

    I want to say that you stay happy even though your Mom died. You are a great figure skater. Well, I can’t believe how brave you were on the ice even though your mom died. To me, I feel like you get the gold medal just because how brave you were.

    Yours truly,

    Sara

    Comment by Sara — 27 February 2010 @ 21:54

  1210. Hey Joannie,
    I am a young figure skater and when i heard about your loss and that you were going to continue in the olympics i was amazed at how devoted you are at your skating carrer. My dream has always been to be in the olympics and after i heard and watched your skate it made me fell like that dream was just one less step away!!!
    Can’t wait to see you skate again,
    Cassana

    Comment by Cassana R. — 27 February 2010 @ 22:02

  1211. Dear Joannie,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I just want to say that you are a true Canadian hero. I have no words to express how your performances moved me. Even though I have never had a deep interest in figure skating, there was something mesmerizing about your programs. They were beautiful. Of all the medals awarded to Canada, your bronze touched me the most. You are probably the most couragous and inspiring person in Canada… and I just want to thank you for doing what you did. You’ve always got a lifelong supporter and fan in me. :)

    Sincerely,
    Brad Bridges

    Comment by Brad Bridges — 27 February 2010 @ 22:05

  1212. Joannie
    I am at a loss of words as so are you right now. When I found out that your mother passed away I was crying. You are so devoted in your figure skating and life. I was so excited that you still decided to figure skating even after your loss. I look up to you in every way possible I want to be just like you when I am older. My heart is with you, your father, and family with you right now. All my prayers are with you.

    Sincerely Tyra Fobes

    Comment by Tyra Fobes — 27 February 2010 @ 22:07

  1213. Hi Joannie,
    I really enjoyed all the skating programs you performed during these Olympics. I do believe, I believe in you. You are such an Olympic Hero to me you have no idea. Through your heartache you continued your Olympic programs. I am so sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. love you always!
    J.Dunk

    Comment by Jessica Dunk — 27 February 2010 @ 22:10

  1214. Joannie

    My husband and I were so proud of you. I cried along with you on Tuesday night. I lost my mother 12 yrs. ago. and I still miss her. Just know that she is watching over you and your dad.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Good luck to you and May God bless.

    Comment by Diana — 27 February 2010 @ 22:32

  1215. Thank you for a wonderful performance especially when your heart was so heavy. You were beautiful and so powerful on the ice. I know you’ll be a Gold Medalist in the next Olympics!

    Comment by Dave Smiley — 27 February 2010 @ 22:40

  1216. You have done a wonderful job honouring your mom with your skating and your grace -

    Comment by Joan Bell — 27 February 2010 @ 22:43

  1217. Dear Joannie:

    I waited all day to watch your exhibition performance at the games, because I knew that a young woman that had just lost her mother, went on to strengthen a nation and the world, win a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympics, and then skate a dedication performance to her mother was absolutely breathtaking and strengthening of the heart and soul. Your mother would be extremely proud of you..and we all know how much she must be smiling with Jesus after a performance like that. Thanks for being our inspiration of these games but most of all thank you for giving with your heart!!! With Deepest Sympathy, and alot of love around the world!!! God Bless you and your family during this time!!!!!

    Comment by Randy Conrad — 27 February 2010 @ 22:46

  1218. I just want to send you my deepest sympathies to you and your dad at this time of such sadness. You have mesmorized us all with your skating and courage as well as made all Canadians proud to be Canadian.
    Hugs to you and may you find comfort in the memories of your mom.

    Comment by Gale — 27 February 2010 @ 22:47

  1219. Dear Joannie: I would want my daughter to do exactly what you did. To go on. I saw your mother’s presence in your performance. She will always be with you, in your heart and in your memories. May you take comfort in knowing that all of Canada and the world embrace you with the arms of your mother. Your strength anbd courage, was like no other I have ever seen.
    All the best to you, your father, and your family.
    Donna [Alberta].

    Comment by Donna — 27 February 2010 @ 22:49

  1220. Dear Joannie,
    I’ve watched daily the Vancouver Olympic Games and I can say for truth your performance was the best. You’re brave, you’re a real athlete, that despite your personal losses, skated as a queen, as a real winned.
    You maybe bronze for the Olympic games, but for me you will always be GOLD !!! Congratulations…
    Miguel – Brazilian fan

    Comment by MIguel Neme — 27 February 2010 @ 22:57

  1221. OMG!!! i loved your last performance! you rocked that ice…i could not take my eyes off you! you are my hero! i admire how you didnt fall apart during your performance like i did wen i lost my 10 month old puppy!! it must have taken alot for you to do that! YOUR AMAZING JOANNIE!!!!

    Comment by Tori — 27 February 2010 @ 23:02

  1222. Dear Joannie,
    It really was a pleasure to look your skating! I admire you for having the strength to do these amazing performances after such a tragic incident. I lost a very good friend a few years ago when she was fifteen. It is always hard to loose an associated person, especially if it was a parent, and I really feel with you and wish you and your father all the best for the future. God may be with you!

    Sebastian Berger

    Comment by Sebastian Berger — 27 February 2010 @ 23:05

  1223. You will probably never read this yourself but I LOST my mum on this past New Years Eve. I watched you say she was your best friend and confidante..I said those exact words but she was my soul mate and I know she was yours thats why you are where you are . Stay strong as I will too.

    Comment by Dianne Byrne — 27 February 2010 @ 23:06

  1224. Joannie, you are a very special girl, I know your mom would have been watching you and would have been so so proud of you.To be able to skate under such sad circumstances is truly amazing.You are a hero and champion and i am happy you carried on with your dream. Your mom and dad raised a wonderful, gifted, courageous, dignified remarkable young woman.You have touched the hearts of the world, mine included, much love and kind thoughts go to you and your dad and all your family. Take care Joannie, God Bless you and may you find strength from all your family, friends and fans in the coming days.

    Comment by marieann — 27 February 2010 @ 23:09

  1225. One more thing that I admire is that you performed under such a stressful situation………I can only say that my eulogy for my mum (and I couldn’t even read it myself) pales in comparison to your amazing ability to perform as you did. I think you deserves a 1000 gold medals!! Your are truly loved and admired!

    Comment by Dianne Byrne — 27 February 2010 @ 23:11

  1226. Joannie,
    You are a brave and amazing young woman. Your Mom, Dad and all of Canada must be very proud of you. May all of the wonderful memories of your mother help you and your Dad through the days ahead. You are an inspiration. My prayers are with you and your family. You are so deserving of the Terry Fox award.
    Take care and love to you.

    Comment by Ellie St. Laurent — 27 February 2010 @ 23:13

  1227. Joannie, Congratulations on your bronze medal and now the Terry Fox award. I cried when I heard of your tragic loss of your mother and she was skating with you on Tues. and again on Thursday! Your strength and determination is to be commended. All of Vancouver and Canada is behind you in your trying time. Please don’t stop skating..we need you and this Olympics will be remembered by your 2 skates!!! WE love you!!!!!!!

    Comment by Michelle smith — 27 February 2010 @ 23:16

  1228. Dear Joannie!

    We, Brazilian are very proud of you, in this painful time of your life we are very sure your mother is smilling from heaven proudly of her lovely child… you are gold for us, for your talent, for your sensibility… Good Luck in your beautiful journey… we will always pray for you…

    Kisses from me and my family, and from all Brazilian fans…

    Leandro

    Comment by Leandro Lucas — 27 February 2010 @ 23:29

  1229. Dear Joannie,
    You truly are a hero for skating in Vancouver and furthermore, winning bronze. Your performance made my friends and I so proud to be Canadian. We have kept you in our prayers over this week, and wish for you and your family our deepest sympathy. Your unwavering strength was so inspiring to me personally, and helped me decide to go back to skating, myself. For everything you’ve done. not only in Vancouver, but in your entire carrier, thank you and congratulations!
    Sincerely,
    Lisa Fillion

    Comment by Lisa Fillion — 27 February 2010 @ 23:30

  1230. Ma belle Joannie,

    Ton courage et ta détermination sont la clé de ton succès. Mes pensées sont avec toi et ton père en ces moments difficiles. Tes performances ont été à la hauteur de ce que maman attendait de toi! Tu es sa fierté et la notre bien sur.

    J’espère que tu porteras notre drapeau à la cérémonie de cloture des Jeux! tu le mérites!

    Comment by Chantal — 27 February 2010 @ 23:31

  1231. Joannie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my mom suddenly to an unexpected heart attack. I understand the shock and the million things that race through your mind. A good friend gave me a book called, “Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heart” by PhD Alan D Wolfelt. I found it to be very helpful. You are a beautiful and talented woman. You make me very proud to be a Canadian. Congratulations on your success!

    Comment by Elise Fullerton — 27 February 2010 @ 23:35

  1232. Dear Joannie –

    As a youngster, I wept for Carol Heiss when she lost her mother. Now I weep for you. Your mother will always be your inspiration – her physical presence is gone but her spiritual aura will forever envelope you.

    As I send you condolences, I also send you congratulations. You have made every Canadian proud!!

    Much love, Erika

    Comment by Erika Johnson — 27 February 2010 @ 23:46

  1233. I am sure it has been said before here many times… I admire the great courage it took for you to compete after losing your mom.

    I am sure your mom was there with you, when you won.

    I know what I went through a few years ago, losing my mom, unexpectedly to a heart attack, and for you to go through that and compete and win is absolutely amazing! Hearing your story. I cried, tears of sadness… and joy.

    Congratulations on winning the bronze!!

    55 is too young… a few years older than my mom was… but I came to believe God had other plans for her.

    Best of luck in the future & I hope to see you win gold in 2014 

    Comment by D S — 27 February 2010 @ 23:58

  1234. Dear Joannie
    My greatest prayers and sympathy go out to you during this difficult time. My own mom died at a young age only two months ago so I can relate to the heartache you must be feeling. I had the opportunity to see you skate tonight in the exhibition and your song choice reduced me to tears as this was the exact song (although in English!) that I chose as a message to my mom. Your beautiful performance did wonders for such an enduring song that expresses such heart-felt words for those who have lost their loved ones.
    You have made Canada proud and I am sure your mom would be the proudest of all of all that you have achieved in the past couple weeks. I hope that you will have the comfort of friends and family as you mourn the loss of your mom and that you will be able to take refuge in the fact that she is still with you and will be forever beaming with joy and love for a daughter who has such incredible grace and strength.
    I will definitely be thinking and praying for you in the coming year.
    Jennifer

    Comment by Jennifer Keis — 28 February 2010 @ 00:01

  1235. Joannie,

    We just wanted to say we admire your courage and perseverance. We are sure your mom is very proud of you and will watch over you. God Bless!!

    Comment by David — 28 February 2010 @ 00:01

  1236. this is you!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wbJZIFf1o&feature=featured

    Comment by Stephanie — 28 February 2010 @ 00:04

  1237. Dear Joannie,

    You are an incredible young woman! I can’t imagine what you are going through, but lost my dad just over a year ago. It is hard losing a parent. You have been so strong through it all and just wanted to say that it is okay to get mad and be upset.

    You were a winner in my book before you started skating at the Olympics! I was in tears when I saw you skate the short program and then again when you got the medal!

    God has some huge things in store for you. I pray you and your dad will find comfort and peace during this time.

    Continuing to pray for you as you finish up at the Olympics and head back home and face reality a bit more.

    Love from Ontario.

    Comment by Jenn — 28 February 2010 @ 00:09

  1238. Joannie,

    Words cannot even comprehend how proud I am of your efforts and strength during these games. Together,Canada and the world gives you their hand in your family’s time of need. Yet, in the face of adversity, you remained determined. Your performancs were flawless. You made Canada proud! That medal was well deserved. You skated your heart out!

    As a role model to not only myself, but to thousands of girls across Canada. Your journey as a figure skater, and as a member of Canada’s team, and your perserverance in these hard times are simply astounding.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your father to make it through this.

    Thank you for skating for Canada. Thank you for everything you have done.

    You have made Canada and all of the Canadians proud.

    With my heartfelt condolences,

    Comment by Shivani — 28 February 2010 @ 00:26

  1239. Joannie
    Quel courage! Quel grâce! You have inspired a nation. Just as Terry Fox overcame adversity, so have you. Your strength and determination are a lesson to people everywhere who face adversity. I am thrilled that you earned a bronze medal. Take good care of yourself in the days and months that follow the Olympics. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad.

    Comment by Debbie — 28 February 2010 @ 00:41

  1240. Truly one of the MOST INSPIRING sports moments I have ever witnessed!! CONGRATS and THANK YOU, Joannie!! Your bronze medal is by far the SWEETEST MEDAL WIN of all for Canada. I am so happy for you that you were able to pull it all together in memory of your mom. THE WHOLE COUNTRY LOVES YOU, Girl!!
    You are Canada’s SWEETHEART!!

    Comment by Trevor Bakker — 28 February 2010 @ 00:49

  1241. Joannie–

    You have become my new inspiration. You have beyond inspired me in so many ways. Your strength is unbelievable and your courage is like none I’ve ever seen before. I have the picture of you with your medal on my tackboard so whenever I look at it I will be inspired. You are a wonderful person inside and out and you skate beautifully. You have made me cry more times this week with your performances than I have in awhile, you have really touched me & I pray that God helps you through this difficult time. Know that you have support from SO many fans across the globe. You make me proud to have been a figure skater…keep your head high & remember to always smile no matter what. You have made you’re mother over the moon proud. I know it!

    much love from the U.S., Andrea

    Comment by Andrea Z — 28 February 2010 @ 00:49

  1242. way to go joannie, you are a tribute to your family and your country

    Comment by craig and deb mcdowell — 28 February 2010 @ 00:50

  1243. Joannie, I just wanted to say congrats on your olympic performance. I lost my father under very similar circumstances so I have an idea of what you are going through. However, I can’t imagine doing it with the entire world watching and having the pressure of performing as well. I feel you did the right thing by performing and I’m sure your mother is VERY proud of you. Congratulations again, you certainly earned it!!!

    Comment by Matt — 28 February 2010 @ 00:50

  1244. Dear Joannie, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your father at this trying time. I know how hard it must have been for you to continue with your competition. As a mother I know that I would want my children to continue with their dreams if anything happened to me. Thank you for having the courage to continue, and know that we are all proud of you and thankful that you have brought a Bronze Medal home with you.

    Comment by Fran — 28 February 2010 @ 00:55

  1245. Joannie. First of all I am sending you my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. May god embrass you and your family in his arms as you go through this difficult time. I am also sending you congratulations on winning the BRONZE MEDAL. You made Canada proud. I am sure I am not the only canadian that was brought to tears by your amazing short program. I think I can say almost everyone saw you skate Tuesday night had a tear in their eye has you finished your program. Way to Joannie. You made Canada Very Proud of YOU!!!!!!!!.

    Comment by Tamie Brandt — 28 February 2010 @ 01:03

  1246. Dear Joannie,

    You make us so proud to be Canadians!!!!!!!
    That was a GOLD medal performance for me!!!!!!!!!!

    From Ashley Low, 7 years old

    Comment by Ashley Low — 28 February 2010 @ 01:05

  1247. I can’t begin to know or understand how you are feeling right now! I can only imagine the hurt in your heart and the sadness you and your family must be going through. Not only did Canada witness your triumph, so did your mama! Both are probably more proud than you know! The courage and strength that you exhibited is truly amazing and for that, I consider you one of the most incredible women I have ever seen! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

    Félicitations!!! Alicia Park Winnipeg, MB Canada

    Comment by Alicia Park — 28 February 2010 @ 01:05

  1248. Dearest Joannie,
    My heart goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. Your courage and dedication is an inspiration to us all over the world, your skating preformances were nothing less than spectactular. We are so very proud of you, you have touched the hearts of millions. Our thoughts and prayers will follow you forever.

    Comment by Sandra Sommerfeld — 28 February 2010 @ 01:26

  1249. Dear Joannie:

    My deepest sympathy to you, and of course to your Dad and the rest of your family, on the loss of your dear Mom.

    You showed the true grit and courage of an Olympic champion when you remained in Vancouver and competed in your figure skating events, despite the personal pain you had to go through. And WOW! What performances you gave! I LOVE the Olympics, particularly these games of 2010, and watched nearly every single event. Enjoyed them all so much, but NEVER have I been prouder of one of our athletes than I was of you during these games, Joannie. You are an inspiration to all the world, and if we looked up the word “courage” in the dictionary, I know your name would be beside it!!

    Joannie, I know your Mom was your biggest source of encouragement throughout your skating career, and you’ve spoken of the lessons and values she taught you, so take all of those memories and carry them with you for the rest of your life, knowing that your Mom will always be watching over you and will only be a thought away! I look forward to seeing many more of your dazzling performances in the future! You’ve got a look, and a certain radiance, that’s all your own!!!

    God Bless you, Joannie! Stay strong!

    My deepest condolences,

    Faith Schaump, Brampton, Ontario

    Comment by Faith Schaump — 28 February 2010 @ 01:27

  1250. Dear Joannie:
    I feel so sad for your loss as I know what it is like to lose a loved one, It’s happened on a number of occasions throughout my lifetime. To see you charge forward with a heavy heart was an inspiration not only to Canadians but everyone because it shows that even in tragic circumstnaces, the will of those we love is all it takes to believe, and you Joannie made everyone believe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of need.

    Daniel
    Ontario Canada

    Comment by Daniel — 28 February 2010 @ 01:38

  1251. Dearest Joannie, First of all….my heartfelt condolences to you and your Dad on the sad loss of your sweet Mom. Since I first heard the news, you HAVE been in my prayers.

    I too lost my Mother suddenly due to an accident; in December. Just know she is and always will be with you, Joannie….in your heart. May your Mom rest in our Lord’s Peace

    God Bless and Comfort you, Joannie, and your Dad too.

    <3

    Comment by Linda — 28 February 2010 @ 01:43

  1252. We have been watching many of the Ice Skating events at Vancouover 2010, and were particularly impressed with your superb performance. We also echo the theme of all the other comments posted.
    Carole & Murray from TE PUKE ( Rhymes with ‘hookey’ ) NEW ZEALAND.

    Comment by Carole & Murray FRAZER - Bay of Plenty - NEW ZEALAND — 28 February 2010 @ 01:46

  1253. Joannie,
    What you accomplished on ice is more than a medal for us, the people of canada, you have become inspiration for us and perhaps generation of athletes that follows.
    You have won one medal but millions of hearts, you have made us proud, indeed.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Asim Kaghzi — 28 February 2010 @ 01:50

  1254. Joannie, you are beyond courageous. I am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to us all. Keep on smiling!

    Comment by Wendy — 28 February 2010 @ 01:56

  1255. PS..Secondly…Congratulations on your beautiful performance. You may have placed 3rd at the Olympics…but you’re #1 to your world wide fans.

    ALL the best, Joannie in your future!

    : )

    Comment by Linda — 28 February 2010 @ 01:56

  1256. Hi Joannie,

    All of us in Canada, and also everywhere else in the world, absolutely, totally and completely adore you !!!!!

    Take care of yourself and your Dad.

    We all want to see you carry the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies.

    Love…Keith

    Comment by Kaikhushroo (Keith) Adi Daruwalla — 28 February 2010 @ 01:58

  1257. You are Canada!!!

    Comment by jeff Blocka — 28 February 2010 @ 02:01

  1258. Joannie,
    What an inspiration you are to all us Canadians, you are like a
    phoenix rising from the ashes. Your grace and inner strength
    under this difficult time show what an amazing person your Mother and Father raised. Young Canadian girls are so fortunate to have such
    a role model to look up to. Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss and
    CONGRATULATIONS on your extraordinary success and bonne chance
    as you go forward in your life.

    Comment by Deborah BC — 28 February 2010 @ 02:03

  1259. You are incredible! I am so proud to call myself Canadian because of you. I admire you for your courage, and I am so proud that you won BRONZE! you are an inspiration for millions of people, around the world, and most importantly for Canada. You are a true role model, god bless. My thoughts are with you and your family always <3

    Comment by Taylor — 28 February 2010 @ 02:03

  1260. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for all that you have sacrificed and hope the memories of your Mother will help carry you through.

    Courage

    A daughter’s hard work had given opportunity
    A parent’s love given throughout the journey
    Early mornings and long times away
    Destiny brought them toward this day

    The stage was set for the world to see
    A daughter’s chance for Olympic glory
    Not much time, lots to do, she had to prepare
    Knowing soon, that Mom and Dad would be there

    Hours before the test, the minutes quickly past
    Who was to know, they would be the last
    Soft words of support, a hug good night
    Excitement stirred in this darkest night

    A Mother dreamed of her little girl’s road
    She’d always been there to carry the load
    She slept enveloped in her daughter’s dreams
    They would carry her into the light it seems

    It was hard to believe, how could this be
    This incredible sadness, truly a tragedy
    A father would remain alone with his daughter
    It would be this way forever after

    The news had been crushing but she was not without spirit
    The daughter would continue, she would not quit
    One small stride, one practise skate to start
    It must have been a struggle to jump with your heavy heart

    But it was on the ice where she found her space
    Where only her performance she could taste
    Out of the spotlight she would remain
    She’d be ready when we saw her again

    Out of the darkness and into the light
    Her stride was strong, she was in the fight
    With beauty and grace she gave her all
    There was no way she was going to fall

    The points were tallied as she sat exhausted
    It seemed a blur, the crowd erupted
    She put on a smile and gave the crowd a wave
    A country thanked for what she had gave

    Eyes cast to heaven, the eyes blurry but bright
    She knew her mother was with her this night
    From a ribbon hangs, a bronze medal to set you apart
    To hang closest to your Mother’s place in your heart

    Comment by Rudy — 28 February 2010 @ 02:44

  1261. Joannie,

    Your courage and strength has shown the world what a true Olympian is. May you take comfort in knowing you have inspired every Canadian and the world. Congratulations on making your mom so very proud! <3
    Blessings to you and your dad.

    Comment by Melanie — 28 February 2010 @ 02:45

  1262. Joannie,

    Congrats on your performance at the Olympics!! Words can express how very sorry Iam for your loss! I lost my father when I was five and I know how hard it must be!! You skated so beautifully and made your country so proud!! Stay strong and keep up the great work!! :)

    Will Medina
    Arizona USA

    Comment by William Medina — 28 February 2010 @ 03:27

  1263. my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    you are precious to all those around you.
    you have made us all proud.
    not just because you won a medal but because you won our hearts.
    may god continue to bless your life and carrer.
    and may god hold you tight in love as you go back home.
    sending you lots of love…xoxoxox

    Comment by tony walker — 28 February 2010 @ 03:32

  1264. I would like to send my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. I also congratulate you on your beautiful, courageous performances during Olympic competition. I am a mother of eight, so I have the confidence to say that your mother would have been so very proud of your skating and your courage. In 2002 my brother’s wife died unexpectedly from complications from cancer. She was expected to survive the cancer, but complications took her life, just two short months after she recieved her diagnosis. My brother and his children were of course devistated. They had three children, the youngest, my niece was 13yrs old. Four short years later, two weeks before her high school graduation, my brother died of a massive heart attack. The shock we all felt was overwhelming, and especially being concerned for my niece and her two older brothers. My nephews and their families were there for her, as they grieved themselves. The night of the visitation for my brother, his courageous daughter went from the funeral home to her high school band awards night, where she was to present an award to an underclassman. My daughters and I went with her to lend our support. Though this was far from an Olympic event, such as yours, her courage as also amazing. As I went forward to take photos for her, the crowd gave her a standing ovation. I could barely see to return to my seat, for the tears. She was so gracious and strong that night, and has remained so. Myself and my family and parents grieved not only for the loss of our own wonderful and kind brother, uncle, and son, but for my neice and her brothers, now left without parents. I share this story with you to let you know that in some small way, I relate to your grief and courage. Your parents have raised an amazing young woman. Your performance honored her memory and made your country and the world very proud of you. You and your father and family will be in my thoughts and prayers, as you learn to live this new part of your life without your mother’s presence. I know she will remain in your heart forever. May God bless you with vivid memories of your very special mother.

    Comment by Nancy in Iowa — 28 February 2010 @ 03:46

  1265. As a parent myself, I am so proud to see the class and strength you exhibited in your skating and interviews. I, along with the rest of Canada, shed tears through the whole time. Our hearts ached with pain, and would have loved to hug you and comfort you. I think our collective love was felt by you, and I hope you and your Dad know we are sending love to you both. The days ahead will be hard, and please draw strength from your Canadian family.
    Your medal was definitely Gold in our eyes and you so deserved the Terry Fox award.

    Comment by Arlene Cline — 28 February 2010 @ 04:52

  1266. Joannie- You are the epitome of what the Olympics are. Your strength and courage under such difficult circumstances are absolutely amazing. I am sure that your mom is smiling in heaven and is so proud of you.May God give you and your dad peace .Your mom will always live in your heart and spirit.

    Comment by Krissie USA — 28 February 2010 @ 05:10

  1267. I’m very sorry for your loss

    You are awesome – Congratulations and Best Wishes always

    Comment by Keith Cline — 28 February 2010 @ 05:14

  1268. Dear Joannie,

    for me, You are THE CHAMPION. Going and fighting after a loss which is one of the worsts, huh.
    Be strong, take care of you dearest and enjoy peoples love.

    all my best from Hungary,

    Henriett

    Comment by Henriett — 28 February 2010 @ 05:42

  1269. Chere Joannie,

    Je voulais vour laisser un court message de felicitations pour la medaille et d’encouragement a vous et a votre famille dans ce temps difficile. Mais maintenant, ayant lu ce qu’autres ont deja ecrit, je vois qu’ils ont exprime bien mieux que je ne pourrais ce que je voulais vous exprimer. Donc, tout simplement — bravo et courage a vous, maintenant et a jamais! Vous avez gagne non seulement une medaille, mais les coeurs de milliardes de gens.

    Comment by Brian White, Peterborough ON — 28 February 2010 @ 05:53

  1270. Joannie you amaze me. Your tragic loss inspired you to follow through to do what you knew your Mom would have wanted you too. You are truly my hero! Way to follow through and get stuff done! Canada is so proud of you, your strength inspires us all. We love you J!

    Comment by Lynn G Kelowna BC — 28 February 2010 @ 06:10

  1271. I just watched your performance at the Gala tonight and you are so talented. I’m so proud to be Canadian. You’re awsome! Congrats on your medal. We are all proud of you!

    Comment by Lorne — 28 February 2010 @ 06:22

  1272. You truly are an inspiration. You skated for all of Canada when your personal world had crashed in the most intense painful way only hours before. Your mom would be so very proud of you just as your dad was! I so admire your courage & determination. You can truly accomplish anything in life that you set your mind to. A true Canadian Idol for the whole world to learn from. My prayers go out to you & your Dad at this most difficult time.

    Comment by Val — 28 February 2010 @ 06:52

  1273. The courage you showed by skating in the 2010 Olympics was extraordinary. Congratulations on your Bronze Medal. You honored your mother in a way I never could mine. Both were born in Montreal, and I lost mine a year ago to cancer so understand your loss. Godspeed, take some time for yourself and get back to doing whatever you love to do (in my heart I hope it’s skating). Cheers! Dee

    Comment by Dee — 28 February 2010 @ 07:08

  1274. My sincerest congratulations and my deepest sympathies. You did an awesome job. Now you have your own special guardian angel looking out for you.

    Comment by Rob Czeranko — 28 February 2010 @ 07:25

  1275. Words cannot desciribe how proud this country is of you Joannie. You are a very special angel of god. We all wish you the very best in life.
    Thank you for showing all of us your courage with what you have been going through. We are all so sorry for your loss.

    Comment by Bryan Holmes — 28 February 2010 @ 07:34

  1276. Joannie, as we watched your magnificent performances we felt both joy and sadness foryou. We could not imagine what was going through your thoughts as you grieved, yet in the manner of a true champion, you gave Canadians your all. In our hearts you are a gold medal winner. Our hearts and our prayer go out to you as you move on with your life without your mother. Doug & Shirley Seymour, Edmonton, AB

    Comment by Doug & Shirley Seymour — 28 February 2010 @ 07:45

  1277. my good mademoiselle joannie j’ignore ton existance jusqu’à
    ce merveilleux matin de dimanche(temp européen).
    Mes condoléances les plus profondes pour votre mère.
    n’oublie jamais le temp est avec toi ton amie en sorte et te decevera jamais-past par pat.poco a poco.
    Je m’appel aubrey et pour moi tu est or tous les jours.
    J’ai seulement vue ta performance de remerciement de médaille mais j’avais ue le plaisir et privilège de voir dans tes yeux (An over tv)la concentration emotionelle mise a jour.
    Quoi dire…:ta dicipline et ton deule et ta beaute mon toucher au couer’je n’aurait jamais cette force.
    mes salutation les plus distinguées,
    aubreywatkins72@Yahoo.com
    Luxembourg le 28.fev.010.

    Comment by aubrey watkins — 28 February 2010 @ 07:49

  1278. Dear Joannie,
    The courage you have shown during those difficult times are an inspiration to all of us. My heart goes out to you, your mother was with you all the way and you made her so proud. Congratulations for a medal well earned. To not give up on your dreams shows determination but to not give up on your dreams when tragedy struck and when a piece of your heart is missing is phenomenal. Throughout these Olympics, you were every Canadian’s hero, we will never forget you. Our condolences to you and your family, there will be difficult times ahead. I’d like to share with you one of my favorite saying: ” Tough times won’t last but tough people will”. Best of luck in your future endeavors and thank you for the memories. We love you
    Louise Grondin, Sudbury Ontario

    Comment by Louise Grondin — 28 February 2010 @ 07:54

  1279. Joannie,
    You are an inspiration to Candian girls everywhere. I am so in awe of your courage and grace. You have no idea of the impact you are and will make on future athletes and girls alike. You are a role model and a true athlete in every sense of the word. Congratulations on your Olympic success. Now it is time for family and my deepest sympathies to you and your family. The whole world is thinking on you and quietly supports you! Joannie, you are absolutely amazing!

    Comment by Michele — 28 February 2010 @ 07:56

  1280. The Olympics are about heroic acts and achievements. You proved that.
    You are an inspiration to all. We’ve watched you for years work to perfect yourself – alongside your fellow competitors. You were not alone on that ice. You had all of us – in spirit. Also, for these Olympics your mother was on that ice with you – the years of her devotion and committment to you were evident in every gesture. We all saw her – in you. Bravo!

    Comment by Frank Roberts — 28 February 2010 @ 08:02

  1281. i do not know how you skated so well after what has happened to you,i can relate to you ,i lost my sister on christmas day,seeing you compete brought me to tears. You have incredible inner strenght thank you you are awsome

    Comment by norm — 28 February 2010 @ 08:03

  1282. You are an inspiration to all Canadians. You have touched us all.

    Comment by Kathy — 28 February 2010 @ 08:36

  1283. You are an inspiration to us all. We are immensely proud of you, and we support you during this difficult time ahead. From all of us who are mothers already, and even those who aren’t, you’ve been adopted as Canada’s daughter. Congratulations!

    Comment by Joan — 28 February 2010 @ 08:49

  1284. Dear miss Rochette, my deepest condolance to you for your loss of your mother.
    I would like to tell you that i am very impressed by your performance althoug i have seen te saidness in your eyes as you started you act on the ice.
    I think your mother would have given you GOLD, as it came from your HEART!
    I woul like to wish you al the strenght in overcoming your great loss.
    With deepest respect Dave Hildebrand from the nethelands

    Comment by Dave Hildebrand — 28 February 2010 @ 09:02

  1285. Joannie,

    First of all, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother. My mother passed away and I know the grief you will be going through.

    Congratulations on winning the Bronze Medal. Your Mother would have been very proud of you and I’m sure she did see the beautiful and courageous job that you did in your skating programs. I don’t know how you did it under the circumstances but I’m sure it was because you wanted to complete your mother’s dream and you did all that and more.

    Comment by Nancy Eatn — 28 February 2010 @ 09:35

  1286. Dear Joannie,

    There are no words to adequately describe the courage you have shown. Imagine the inspiration you have given to so many across the globe. May your mother rest in peace with the Lord. We will never meet, but like so many others I feel I know you because of the emotional bond that was created from watching you perform and listening to you speak (exquisite English). Good luck at the world competition. God be with you, your father, family and friends!

    Bob Woodruff
    Keokuk, Iowa

    Comment by Bob Woodruff — 28 February 2010 @ 09:41

  1287. Chère Joannie Rochette,

    On ne se connaît pas personnellement. Nous – ma famille et moi-même – sommes citoyens canadiens d’origine bulgare. Nous étions profondément bouleversés par la tragédie qui vous a atteint. Et nous avons suivi avec émotion votre courage et votre volonté sportive.

    Vous étiez merveilleuse!

    Je vous prie d’accepter nos sincères condoléances pour le décès de votre mère et notre grande admiration pour vous!

    Juliette Abadjieva

    Comment by Juliette Abadjieva — 28 February 2010 @ 10:15

  1288. Your courage is very inspiring. I wish all the blessings and success in your carrier…
    “2 Thessalonians 2: 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

    Comment by Michelle Saint-Vil — 28 February 2010 @ 10:24

  1289. Mes sincëres condoléance à toi et ta famille. Ta mère ne te quittera jamais, elle est dans une endroit très spéciale…ton coeur.

    Je t’embrasse fort!

    Murielle
    Dieppe NB

    Comment by Murielle — 28 February 2010 @ 10:48

  1290. Joannie, You are the shining light of the Olympic flame! You have made Canada proud, and have repersented us with honour and courage! God Bless! ~Anthony

    Comment by Anthony — 28 February 2010 @ 10:49

  1291. Oh Joannie! There really are no words to express how much my heart breaks for you. I lost my mother a year ago and she had suffered for a good while. I am 44 and a former Ice Dancer (years ago! LOL). She was the selfless chauffeur and never-ending support I had the comfort of knowing that we had said everything that mattered to each other, but you know, we said it all the time over the years. When, a few weeks prior to her passing, Mom asked me if I had anything I needed to say, it was easy. “I love you and I am so happy that you fought to survive (she had a deadly illness since I was very young), that I grew up with you and had you as my sounding board. Thank you for that.”

    I suspect that even though you had no warning, you spoke of your love for each other in some form every time you said good-bye. I know she didn’t want to leave you, but that she had some peace, knowing that you loved her and that you knew how very much she loved you. She was proud of the woman you are before you ever took to the ice in Vancouver. That was the sprinkles on the icing of the cake.

    I know you said you had to do it for her, but I hope you know that you were showing her that you had learned the lessons she taught you, that you were as strong as she and your Dad had raised you to be. BRAVA, mademoiselle! I hope you also understand that you also proved to yourself that NOTHING can keep you down when you set your mind to something.

    I’m not sure if you plan on being at the Worlds (I hope so, but that is purely selfish on my part) but now, you must allow yourself to grieve, to feel whatever it is in your heart. No emotion is ‘bad’, only how we act on it. Cut yourself some slack, be kind to yourself and allow others to do the same when you can. There is no time frame on this kind of grief-anywhere from months to several years, in varying intensities, of course. Don’t expect the ‘stages of grief’ to follow the order in the books, either. Go with the flow, Joannie. Feel what you feel when you feel it and then you can continue living your life, albeit with a large gap.

    The Firsts will be very hard, so prepare for that and celebrate your mom on those occasions and do what feels right to you and your family. It is definitely a process with 2 steps forward and 1 back, but your parents taught you well and you will prevail over this challenge, too. If you don’t feel it is too crazy, talk to her all the time. (I do)

    God watch over you, Joannie. I know our Moms are watching, as well. If I could be so humble to suggest, I would love to see you skate to “Wind Beneath My Wings” as a tribute to your Mom some day. I am quite sure Celine would be happy to record it for you in a bilingual fashion.

    I know you don’t know me from Adam, but I’ve been through this recently and you can reach me day or night. If you e-mail me, I will send you my #s. I am a very private person normally and would definitely offer you the same respect, sign a ‘Conf’ agreement, whatever. If I never hear from you, I understand, and bless you.
    Regards, Schellie

    Comment by Schellie Grimsby ON — 28 February 2010 @ 11:06

  1292. Dear Joannie:

    Congratulation’s on winning a bronze medal at the Olympics. Your skating is so very graceful and beautiful. So nice to watch. You did a wonderful job all week, I hope you are VERY PROUD od yourself. I know all CANADIANS are very PROUD and HAPPY for you.

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family.
    Take care

    Comment by Janice R — 28 February 2010 @ 11:11

  1293. Une personne exceptionelle…

    Dans la vie, il y a des personnes qui ne savent pas se relever lorsque des temps plus difficile arrivent, mais toi, … tu fais parti des personnes exceptionelles. Tu as su garder le trésor de ton coeur, celui que tu as tellement partagé avec tes proches. Je te garde dans mes prières Joannie… Bon courage Princesse !!!

    NOTE : Tu es née la même journée que ma fille Marianne… Et elle a une personalité très similaire à la tienne…

    MC

    Comment by Michel Cyr - Boucherville — 28 February 2010 @ 11:17

  1294. Dear Joannie:

    First of all, I’d like to send you my deepest condolescences. My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your mother. I want to also congradulate you on your medal performance. I’d like to tell you a story about myself. My mother was also from Quebec, and she passed away about 5yrs ago so, we have a connection. I want you to know that I’m going to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. If you want to send a message back to me by all means feel free to use my e-mail address. I also love Celine Dion’s music. I saw her concert in Boston in 2008. She was fabulous. I live in the U.S. in Massachusetts, but I still have relatives in Quebec. I’ve watched your performances, you are a remarkable and talented young woman.
    Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong and keep your faith.
    Take care,
    Anne Marie LeComte

    Comment by Anne Marie LeComte — 28 February 2010 @ 11:39

  1295. You are both amazing and stunning. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Comment by Ken U — 28 February 2010 @ 11:41

  1296. You were great you should be happy of what you did your so brave and you should be happy!

    Comment by mimi — 28 February 2010 @ 11:51

  1297. We’re all very proud of you Joannie. You have succeeded, excelled and triumphed under stressful conditions. Canada loves you!!

    Keith

    Comment by Keith — 28 February 2010 @ 11:52

  1298. Joannie, You are the best!! and to me, you are the real athlete ever.
    I was so moved that you didn’t give up at all and you skated wonderfully with grace.
    You encouraged a lot of people in the world. Thank you so much.
    Wish you and your family the best!!

    Comment by Your Japanese Fan — 28 February 2010 @ 11:59

  1299. Joannie:

    You are truly an inspiration for all skaters/athletes/daughters/mothers out there.

    What you have accomplished this past week is nothing short of amazing. The strength and fortitude that you have shown throughout this difficult time will be an inspiration to me for the rest of my life.

    I lost my mom just about two years ago now, when I was 26, after a long hard fight with cancer. She was not only my mom, but my best friend. After she was gone I didn’t think I would ever be able to do anything that brought me happiness again. How could I when I had lost so much? Now, two years later, watching you skate this past week has shown me more than ever how important it is to continue to do the things that brought both her and I so much happiness. It is part of how I keep her close to me.

    You are a true champion. Thank you for showing us just how special you are. I am honored to have been able to see you skate and rise above the circumstances.

    Best wishes to you and your family during this time.

    Comment by Anonymous — 28 February 2010 @ 12:01

  1300. Dearest Joannie,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this most difficult time. I lost my Mother in Oct., and I understand your pain. You are an inspiration. You are courageous, strong, and breathtaking!! Congratulations on your Bronze medal!! You did an incredible and amazing job, and your Mom would be so very proud of you!! Even though I am from the US, I look forward to following your career, and cheering you on!! God Bless you!!! Take care, and stay strong!!

    Comment by Darlene Chavis — 28 February 2010 @ 12:21

  1301. Congratulations, Joannie, on a wonderful medal performance! You skated with grace and fortitude! Your Mom is so proud of you!! I am a 68 year old woman who had a heart attack 6 years ago. I ignored the signs for 2 years until the pain became desperate. Women need to know that they should seek help as soon as there is any sign of heart problems. (I think women tend to just “put up” with pain). The hearts of all Canadians are with you now as you go through this very difficult time. You are in a very prestigious position to influence the thinking of women regarding cardiac health. Would it be possible for you to work with the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation to improve awareness of this widespread disease? You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

    Comment by Margaret Kirkland — 28 February 2010 @ 12:26

  1302. DEAR JOANNIE,I AM HAPPY VERY MUCH FOR MEET YOU BY TV,I’M SAD FOR THE FACT OCURRED WITH YOU IN YOUR FAMILY,I WANT THAT YOU KNOW THAT HERE IN BRAZIL IN THE CITY OF RECIFE WE ARE PRAING FOR YOU,FOR GOD BLESS YOU,YOUR FAMILY,YOUR WORK,YOUR STUDY,YOUR DREAMS AND YOUR LIFE IN GENERAL. CONTINUOUS CHEERING FOR YOU,YOU ARE A WINNER,AND KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU WALK AND WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.JOANNIE A BIG HUG AND A BIG KISS IN YOUR HEART.
    MESSIAS,IN STATE OF PERNAMBUCO BRAZIL.

    Comment by MANOEL MESSIAS — 28 February 2010 @ 13:01

  1303. Bonjour Joannie,
    je t’envoie ce petit mot tout simple mais sincère pour te féliciter pour ta médaille de bronze, pour ta volonté et ton courage… tout le Canada était avec toi et nous sommes bien fiers de ce que tu as accompli.
    Les mots nous manquent lorsqu’on veut encourage une personne qui a traversé des moments difficiles, mais je suis certaine que de là-haut, ta mère va continuer de t’appuyer et de veiller sur toi comme elle l’a toujours fait. Tu peux être fière de toi… ne lâche pas.
    Ton père va prendre soin de toi. Vous allez pouvoir vous épauler l’un et l’autre et ton public va continuer à t’encourager.
    bravo Joannie, tu es une vraie championne xxx

    Comment by Sylvie Lemoine — 28 February 2010 @ 13:05

  1304. Dear Joannie,

    I’ve been watching you on TV. I really like your rhythm! I’m so happy that you won a medal! Some people complain that they got silver but they sould be happy that they even got a medal. But I know that you’re proud about your bronze medal and so is your family! I’m so sorry about your mom. I’m sending you a hug through this email to make you feel better. I hope you do well in other competitions! I’ll be watching you on TV and I’ll be at stars on ice to watch you skate!

    Your new friend
    Sara, age 9

    Comment by Sara Christie — 28 February 2010 @ 13:09

  1305. Joannie
    I am so sorry for you right now. I know that this must be so hard for you. You did your best and I know that it was hard for you. Thank you and best wishes for the rest of 2010.

    J.Toogood

    Comment by J.Toogood — 28 February 2010 @ 13:15

  1306. Joannie
    I am so sorry for you right now. I know that this must be so hard for you. You did your best and I know that it was hard for you. Thank you and best wishes for the rest of 2010.

    J.Toogood

    Comment by J.Toogood — 28 February 2010 @ 13:17

  1307. Always in my mind ….the memory of you skating

    Always in my heart the love and admiration for your courage to lay your grief aside and skate for your country.

    I bow my head at your mother’s passing as God holds high His lamp to light her way.

    Blessings on you in your sorrow, ma chere.

    Comment by Susan Hanse — 28 February 2010 @ 13:19

  1308. You are a true inspiration to me personally, to my family and to our entire country. I am not sure when or IF I have ever witnessed such courage.
    I extend my deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your mother. My thougths and prayers go out to you. As well, congratulations on your bronze medal win. God bless you and be with you during this both difficult time for you,
    Sheri Swan

    Comment by Sheri Swan — 28 February 2010 @ 13:20

  1309. My dear Joannie;
    My heart goes out to you in your hour of need. I lost my Mom several years ago & I felt like a part of myself had died with her. But over the years I found that part again & she lives on in my heart, my mind, my memories & in my own daughter’s face. Your grace & courage to skate in your Mother’s honor touched me deeply & showed in your performance. You are indeed a great Canadian HERO & I look forward to seeing you at the next Olympics! Just remember that time heals all the sadness. With much love & respect.

    Sheryl D. Black,
    Victoria, BC

    Comment by Sheryl Black — 28 February 2010 @ 13:25

  1310. Congratulations on your well deserved victory, you have inspired all who watched you. I cheered for you, and when you broke down and cried my family cried with you. Our heart goes out to you for your loss, but your drive, dedication and courage will be remembered. You have been a role model even in the worst of times and for that you will aways be remembered as what the true meaning of the Olympics embodies. You have made Canada proud not only for the medal, but for your Olympic spirit! I wish you all the best in your future!

    Comment by Patty Koutoumanos — 28 February 2010 @ 13:27

  1311. Joannie,

    Like so many other Canadians, and people around the world, my heart fell with yours when the news of your mother broke. When dealing with unimaginable heart ache you were able to push ahead, knowing that this was the moment you and your family had worked so hard for. When you stepped out on the ice in your short program, not a single person would have faulted you for faltering, or falling apart. But you delivered a graceful and beautiful program. In your skating and your media encounters you have proven to be an inspiration. You have dignity, poise, and humility, and you made, and continue to make, every Canadian proud. I hope you are able to grieve in private now that the Olympics are ending, but just know that you have a country of genuine supporters who would do anything they could to ease the pain.

    Best wishes,
    Sarah

    Comment by Sarah — 28 February 2010 @ 13:31

  1312. U R AWESOME!!!

    Comment by Walter — 28 February 2010 @ 13:33

  1313. My heartfelt wishes of sympathy to you and your family. My Mother, who was my best friend, passed away 7 years ago (I was 27), so I truly understand the heartache.
    Your strength and courage is so admirable. Your Mother would be so very proud; she will always be with you in your heart.

    Comment by Sandra — 28 February 2010 @ 13:42

  1314. Joannie- I have never been more proud of being Canadian as when I watched you skate and receive your medal. The poise and strength you have shown to ALL Canadians and people throughout the world is amazing. I had never heard of Joannie Rochette before the Olympics but I sure am glad that both my daughters and myself had the pleasure of getting to know such a beautiful, courageous woman, even if it is just through a television set.

    Keep your head up, be strong and allow yourself the time to get through this very tough period in your life. You are such a fantastic role model for everyone.

    Comment by Lita Herron — 28 February 2010 @ 13:56

  1315. Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished!
    You’re a true inspiration and a great athlete!

    Comment by Alicia — 28 February 2010 @ 14:03

  1316. How does one top the sentiments already expressed by so many others! Congratulations on your win!!…An inspiration for the future and Ambassador of this great country.Thank you for representing us with such strength and commitment!…Kudos to you beautiful lady!!

    Comment by Jay — 28 February 2010 @ 14:04

  1317. hi Joannie congrats on being the new flag bearer and we are all very very proud of you and i was sorry too hear about your mom passing away my thoughts and prayers are with you

    Comment by SARA RICK — 28 February 2010 @ 14:10

  1318. Joannie, I have just read that you have been chosen to carry our Canadian Flag at the closing ceremonies tonight, and I am so very happy that you are to be given that honor…for who better to represent Canada than you? The grace and class with which you have conducted yourself during those hardest moments of your life, along with your magnificent short skate and Bronze Medal winning long skate, are moments in MY life where time stood still as I watched you perform so very bravely. I watched with tears rolling down my face, praying and praying that you would stay strong enough to get through it, and you wowed us all! Not only Canadians, but the whole world. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I extend my deepest condolences to you, your dear Dad, and all of your family and friends. But, you have shown us all that not only can you soar with the angels…your dear Mom being one of them now…but you can also transcend all of us to a higher place on Earth..a place of pride, more compassion, and a genuine role model to look up to….thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear girl, and in the difficult days ahead, please know that we will not forget you….I shall continue to pray for you and your family, and I wish you all the best this world has to offer. I know your Mom was with you those nights you blew us away with your talent and sheer will, and she will never leave you in spirit! God Bless, and thank you once again for making me SO very proud to be a Canadian! XOXO

    Comment by Lucy Clark — 28 February 2010 @ 14:12

  1319. Dear Joannie,

    My sincere condolences for the death of your mother. May I say that you are a true inspiration to us all due to your determination and strength through what must be the most heart-wrenching of times for you. You are a joy to watch and your poise is admirable. Congratulations on your medal; you deserved it more than any other champion at the Olympics!

    All the best for the future,

    Alison

    Comment by Alison — 28 February 2010 @ 14:13

  1320. DearJoannie:

    You are a petite bella on the ice!!! You are a great pride to your parents.
    Bonne Chance!!! from your supporters (admirers)– Lily & Connie
    Canada

    Comment by Lily & Connie — 28 February 2010 @ 14:13

  1321. Chere Joannie
    Je vis a Calgary en Alberta, j’ai le meme age que ta mere avais, j’ai deux filles dont une a ton age. Pour moi tu etais une complete etrangere jusque a la semaine derniere quand la triste nouvelle a ete repandue dans le monde entier. Depuis ce moment j’ai suivi ta performance tout au long de la semaine, j’ai lu pein d’articles sur toi, ecoute les entrevues que tu as eu sur le site wev de CTV, dont la derniere avec Brian Williams. J” admire le courage que tu as eut et la force de volonte dont tu as fait preuve.
    Les conseils que ta mere t’as donnee au cours de ta vie sont les memes que j’ai toujours donne a mes filles. Tu es devenu un example pur bien des gens et un “role model” pour la jeunesse. Je comprends parfaitement la peine que tu portes dans ton coeur; mais reste assuree que ta mere est fiere de toi et que elle veille sur toi de sa place au Paradis. Moi aussi j’ai perdu ma mere il y a bien des annees, mais je continue a la sentir tout proche de mon coeur tous les jours et je peux meme parfois l’entendre me parler. Je prierai beaucoup pour toi et ta famille. Et quel beau choix de te faire porter le drapeau canadien dans quelques heures pour la fermeture des Jeux. Bonne chance pour le reste de ta vie, tu es une personne tres speciale…!

    Marie-Claude

    Comment by Mari-Claude Mortreuil — 28 February 2010 @ 14:26

  1322. Bonjour Joannie. Mon message est en français désolé, mais j’ai tenu à vous exprimer ce que je ressens pour vous, Et parce que vous êtes de chez-nous, du moins je croyais car je suis de la Mauricie; installé maintenant à Montréal.

    Je vous ai remarqué lors de votre première prestation en patinage artistique de ces JO 2010; je ne suis pas vraiment attiré par ce sport quoique des fois je m’y adonne. Mais, vous ayant cru de mon même patelin, j’ai tenu à vous regarder comme cela.

    Et… :o)))… a-t-il fallu que ce malheur vous frappe pour que je vous suive et que je partage votre grande peine comme beaucoup d’autres, et vous supporter dans votre si grande malheur. Cela m’a très pris au coeur; oui, je fus très touché par cette triste nouvelle.

    J’ai pleuré, moi à 66 ans. Pleuré pour tenter d’alléger votre souffrance, pleuré de vous voir vous exécuter avec une perfection, sans contredit pour moi, à chacune de vos prestations. de ressentir votre grande douleur lors de votre première, oui car je voyais bien que vous aviez mal et surtout dans un si grand moment comme les JO.

    Pleuré et content, très content oh oui, des succès que vous avez emportez. Pour cette médaille que vous avez obtenu. Oh oui, elle vous était du, elle était libre et elle vous attendait. Vous seule pouviez l’obtenir.

    Ne savez-vous pas si votre défunte mère était là pour vous assister lors de cette exécution? Moi si, je le sais. Et puisque j’ai perdu ma mère aussi il y a 15 ans pour un cancer, et mon père 5 ans plus tard. Et j’ai un sens de médium en moi (qui veut dire très sensible hors de l’ordinaire). Et je suis très convaincu qu’elle vous regardait et qu’elle vous aidait à atteindre votre mission, aussi difficile que ce fut pour vous.

    Dans tout cela j’ai découvert en vous une personne très charmante et extraordinaire, très simple, très attachante, de toute beauté, etc. etc. QUI A BEAUCOUP DE CLASSE, yesss. je connais cela. Votre amoureux doit le savoir n’est-ce pas ! Votre père ce n’est pas à en douter…

    Et forte, yesss. Très forte pour avoir surmonté cette douloureuse circonstance afin de donner à votre mère ce qu’elle voulait vous voir réussir. Vous lui avez donné votre succès. Vous lui avez fait cet honneur aux justes mérites de ses efforts pour vous faire atteindre ce qui vous était du. Vous l’avez rendu fier de vous, là en haut. Ça doit être le sujet de l’heure avec ses nouveaux amis, tout comme votre père avec son entourage.

    Moi aussi j’ai un rêve. Je ne sais pas si je le réaliserai, s’il va se produire. Mais, pour toute l’admiration que j’ai de vous, si un jour je passais par Berthierville pour me rendre dans ma ville natale, Shawinigan, j’aimerais aller vous serrer la main, juste vous serrez la main. Afin que, quand je mourrai dans quelques années à mon tour, je puisse me souvenir de cette extraordinaire et grande personne que vous êtes, de chez-nous même si vous êtes juste à côté. Ce qui ferait mon plus grand bonheur jamais connu à jour, et ma joie d’avoir serrer la main à une GRANDE championne. C’est ce que j’aimerais, si toutefois mon rêve se réalise…

    Ce serait la première fois que je ferais cela de toute ma vie. C’est la première fois que j’ai une grande idole depuis que j’existe. Moi avant, une idole, être un fan de…, je ne voulais rien savoir de cela.

    Vous êtes celle qui vient de me faire changer d’idée. Et vous serez toujours la seule, et ma championne … BRAVO, BRAVO. CONTINUEZ DE L’AVANT. LA MÉDAILLE D’OR VOUS ATTENDS, SI VOUS LA VOULEZ, si vous voulez continuer dans cette voie, LA VÔTRE…

    TOUTES MES CONDOLÉANCES POUR VOTRE MÊRE, À VOUS-MÊME ET LA FAMILLE. Moi aussi, j’aurai de la peine en ces moments envers votre plus grande amie d’abord. Et pour partager votre peine en de pareille circonstance. Jean-Guy (Grosse bise)

    Comment by Jean-Guy Dupont — 28 February 2010 @ 14:32

  1323. Joannie, congratulations upon receiving the Terry Fox award. You definately deserve this gracious award. Also, I am very happy to hear that you have been chosen to carry the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies.

    Take care,
    Keith.

    Comment by Keith — 28 February 2010 @ 14:34

  1324. My thoughts and prayers are with you , Joannie, and your family on the sudden loss of your Mum. You truly are awe inspiring to humankind and to our country,Canada…we will watch proudly tonite as you carry the flag at the closing ceremony

    Comment by Lol — 28 February 2010 @ 14:34

  1325. Joannie,

    As someone who also lost her parent (my father) at a young age, I was 14 he was 52, I can empathize your pain.

    You are an inspiration to all and should be so proud of yourself.

    I believe my father watches over me every day.

    Your mother was smiling down on you, believe it!

    God bless you and your family and help you through your grieving and healing.

    You have made me as a Canadian so proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by shelley newton — 28 February 2010 @ 14:35

  1326. Joannie, I am 8 years old. At school I wrote a story about you. We are so proud of you. Sorry for what happened to your mom. I’m happy you will carry the flag for Canada. They could’t have picked a better flag bearer.

    Eleni

    Comment by Eleni Pantieras — 28 February 2010 @ 14:37

  1327. Joannie, my condolenses on the loss of your mother. You are such a courageous young woman and such a role model to kids in Canada and beyond. To be able to do what you did after such a loss is truly inspiring. Canada is so lucky to have you. You won more than a bronze medal – you have won the love and admiration of the world! You made Canada so proud!

    Good luck to you, and your father, in your future.
    God bless!

    Comment by Joanne Treasure - Acton, Ontario, CANADA — 28 February 2010 @ 14:37

  1328. Dear Joannie,
    I think that you are the most amazing figure skater that I have ever seen. Not to mention the strength that you have had in the past week.I am so sorry for what happend to your mom.I know your mom would be proud of you.But i am also very happy for you and your bronze medal win in Vancouver. If anyone deserves it you did. You are my idol and you inspire me to become better as a figure skater everyday when i am on the ice. I am so glad that you will be carrying the flag for team Canada. To me your bronze medal is a gold medal.Good luck at worlds and i hope to see you at stars on ice in Toronto.
    Your number 1 fan,
    Ana.

    Comment by Ana Petric — 28 February 2010 @ 14:38

  1329. `You could have gone home……you stayed.

    You could have just given up……you fought.

    You could have done just the minimum…….you gave it your all.

    We would have understood if you left. But we would not have remembered you….

    Now, after such brilliant performances, we will NEVER forget you!

    You DON’T deserve Bronze, Silver, or Gold.

    You deserve diamond ! You are beautiful, inspirational, will not crack under pressure, uplifting and will last FOREVER!!

    We love you and thank you for not going home….I still can’t watch the re-runs w/o crying.

    But we will NEVER be as proud as your Mother has been these past two weeks….

    God Bless you and your family.

    Teri
    sleeplessn2009 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Teri Orlando — 28 February 2010 @ 14:42

  1330. Hi Joannie, I am so sorry that you lost your mother at such an important time in your life. I lost my mother too suddenly and she was only 55 years old too. Her heart failed. I still miss her today especially at hard times or at really good times in my life. She is with me spiritually but it’s still difficult not to have her here in the flesh. Congratulations on your fantastic skate and all of Canada is proud of you! Suzanne.

    Comment by Suzanne L. — 28 February 2010 @ 14:45

  1331. You are a true Olympic athlete, a proud Canadian and an exceptional achiever. I believe you inspired everyone to be persistent and tenacious while pursuing an objective. My condolences for your loss.
    Thanks you

    Comment by Zack Hanna — 28 February 2010 @ 14:51

  1332. Hi Joannie. I would like to congratulate you on winning the Bronze medal in the women’s figure skating. I am sorry to hear what happened to your mother, I cannot imagine trying to compete at the Olympics after what happened. But you inspired everyone in this country to go after their dreams. I have to be honest, figure skating is not my favorite Olympic event, but there was no way I was missing you skate, wanting to fully support you in any way I can. Congrats again, and I wish you all the best going forward.

    Comment by Ryan Cooke — 28 February 2010 @ 14:53

  1333. Dear Joannie
    I cannot tell you how much you have touched my life by your courage in these most difficult times. You and your father have been an inspiration to all Canadians . You for having the courage to continue when most would have given up. Your father for standing by you and supporting you despite the grief he must have been suffering. The bronze medal was a reward for the beauty and grace you displayed on the ice however the honour you brought to your mother by fulfiiling your dream is a memory that will forever endure in your heart and in the hearts of all Canadians. You will forever be remembered and through you Canadians will forever be indebted to your mother . May the rest of your journey in life be full of the happiness that you deserve for the courage that you have shown. I am sure your mother is smiling in heaven and will forever walk beside you

    Comment by Mark Buligan — 28 February 2010 @ 15:02

  1334. Hi Joannie,

    I just wanted to say that you are my role model right now because even though your mother passed away and it is probably one of the hardest ties for you, you perserviered and finished the competiton. And on top of that you got a gold for your home country. You’re amazing!

    Comment by Sidney — 28 February 2010 @ 15:04

  1335. Chère petite Joannie,

    Merci, merci,merci pour ta détermination au dé-là de l’epreuve!
    Je t’ai regardé avancer sur la piste, et j’ai pleuré avant toi!
    Je comprennais ce que tu peux resentir au fond de ton coeur!J’ai prié pour toi.
    Je me suis dit, surement ta chère maman va te prendre par la main pour que tu ne t’effodres pas.
    Tu es allée au de-là des forces humaines.
    Vas de l’avant, chère Joannie, penses à ta mère, confies lui tes projets.
    Je prie pour toi , pour ton père et pour ta famille pendant ces moments difficiles. Je t’aime!
    Mukarwego Anastasie

    Comment by Mukarwego Anastasie — 28 February 2010 @ 15:09

  1336. Dear Joannie Rochette,

    I’m thinking about you and your father during these difficult times and would like to congratulate you on your great Olympic performance despite the recent tragedy you have had to face.
    Stay strong! Your fan,

    Haley

    Comment by Haley — 28 February 2010 @ 15:15

  1337. You have made us all so proud. Your performance was breathtaking and your grace, courage and determination are above all. We send you, your father and your family our deepest sympathy. You gave something so beautiful in such a difficult time. What a remarkable young lady who obviously has a remarkable family. God speed.

    Comment by Gail Gallant — 28 February 2010 @ 15:18

  1338. Ms. Rochette:
    you have inspired a nation! our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear mother. to persevere and triumph in such sadness truly is inspiration, you have filled our hearts with great joy and sadness.

    congratulations on your olympic success and may you find peace now in this new time in your life. God bless you!

    Comment by Brad — 28 February 2010 @ 15:18

  1339. Hi,

    Just wanted to tell you I cried with you when you were on the ice.

    I am not Canadian yet I am a new comer but proud of you girl.

    She, your mom, is watching you all the time the same as my dad for me.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by niloofar — 28 February 2010 @ 15:25

  1340. Joannie, I send you my deepest sympathies and love to you and your family at this difficult time. Stay strong and keep smiling. :) I’m so happy & proud for you for pulling through in the Olympics! Both of your performances and exhibition performance were amazing. I have such respect for you and what you did. You showed bravery, courage and strength that have captured many of people’s hearts around the world, including mine.

    I heard you will be the bearer of our nation’s flag at closing ceremonies, I hope this is true. I’ll be watching.

    Stay Strong Joannie <3
    Jess
    Ontario

    Comment by Jesseca — 28 February 2010 @ 15:45

  1341. Chere Joannie,

    Comme tout le reste du Canada, je t’offre mes sympathies. Mais aussi, j’aimerais te remercier. Tu est ma modele—> je veux etre juste comme toi. Je suis une danseuse/ une ballerine de 14 ans et je viens de perdre ma grande-mere. Je suis ton exemple et je continue a danser; et entrainer meme plus fort qu’avant. Tu m’as enseigner qu’il ne faut jamais se tourner le dos sur nos reves, peut importe ce qui se passe. Au lieu de lacher, il faut trouver ma grand-mere (et pour toi ta mere) dans mon coeur et danser en sachant qu’elle est quand meme la. Je suis tellement fiere que je suis canadienne comme toi car tu as demontrer ton esprit et ta fierte lorsrque tu as continuer a patiner, malgre les obstacles que tu as rencontrer. Tu est si belle, fantastique, puissante et meme magique lorsque tu patines. Je veux que tu saches que moi ainsi que tout le Canada t’encourages et nous somme fiere de toi!!! :) merci encore! merci merci merci mille fois!! :D tu m’inspires beaucoup….
    ecris par une de tes “biggest fans”,

    –melissa keegan :)

    YOU ROCK JOANNIE <3 <3 <3

    Comment by Melissa Keegan :) — 28 February 2010 @ 16:28

  1342. Joannie Rochette i am sorry about your mother
    i’m doing a project about you i am glad you won bronze
    if you can write back please send it to
    jillianryan8@hotmail.com

    Comment by Jillian Ryan — 28 February 2010 @ 16:48

  1343. Dear Joannie, Thank you for showing us such grace and strength this past week at the Olympics. You are the true definition of an olympian. Courageous and gracious under such circumstances.

    My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mom so suddenly like this. My prayers are with you and your family in the days ahead.

    God speed.

    Comment by Breda , Toronto. — 28 February 2010 @ 16:56

  1344. You are an inspiration to all of us, and make us extremely proud to be Canadian!

    Comment by Rich — 28 February 2010 @ 16:57

  1345. Thank you Joannie from our family and Canada! You have shown the whole world what a truly amazing woman you are. You make us all proud and there are not enough words in any language to describe you and your courage. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication. I have two daughters and will remind them forever what dedication and hard work can accomplish through good times and in bad. Congratulations and God bless you.

    Comment by Effie Papadopoulos & family — 28 February 2010 @ 17:01

  1346. Dear Joannie,

    Like everyone else that has written before, I too was amazed at your incredible strength. My mother also passed away very unexpectantly two years ago. We live in two different provinces so I received a phone call in the middle of the night. It was devastating. After watching and listening to you I was utterly astonished at how composed you were and wondered how you could’ve possibly mustered up the physical and emotional strength to do so. I couldn’t have done what you did.

    Then something so surreal happened to me this morning. Another phone call telling me my father died. All I could do was think of you. You are my strength right now. I think to myself “if she can do it, then so can I”. So as I watch you carry our flag tonight during closing ceremonies, I will chant that together ….”yes we can”.

    All the best Joannie,
    Kathleen

    Comment by Kathleen Downie — 28 February 2010 @ 17:22

  1347. Congratulations! Hallo Joannie, you`re the hero! R.I.P. for your mom! I hope you understand me? I`m from germany.
    Dagmar

    Comment by Dagmar — 28 February 2010 @ 17:32

  1348. hi i think you were awesome out there.
    i want to thank you for being such a good inspiration for me. now i’m starting to follow your steps as a figure skater
    i wish you would be my coach but i guess if i want you to be my coach i have to move to quebec ’cause i’m from ontario
    anyways, i congratulate you for everything that you have done
    sincerely Jorge <3

    Comment by Joge — 28 February 2010 @ 17:32

  1349. Congratulations Joannie, you had a heck of a skate and you showed true grit.

    Best wishes from my family to yours during this hard time.
    *hugs*

    Comment by Barry — 28 February 2010 @ 18:18

  1350. sorry to hare bout ur mom n i lost my mom whn i was 6 yrs old

    Comment by AMRITA — 28 February 2010 @ 18:29

  1351. Dear Joannie.
    I am your biggest fan.
    I love everything about you , and when i heard the news about your mother i cried myself. i have only worked with you with in St.Johns Newfoundland, and i LOVED every minute of it.
    Also , i know that your probably dont really read through all these but i hope you read mine because im not just another fan. I have seen every picture on google of you. I have watched every video of you on youtube. I REAALLLY hope you and manon ( i dont know how you spell her name sorry :/ ) read through this.

    I really hope you enjoyed your experience at the Vancouver 2010 games. i did not miss one of your skates. And i know your mother was with you every step of the way :)

    Love you :) xox

    P.s PLEASE e-mail me :) i would love to actually get an e-mail from a superstar like you

    Comment by .... — 28 February 2010 @ 18:30

  1352. Hugs for you my friend.

    Comment by kevin — 28 February 2010 @ 18:35

  1353. L’esprit des jeux Olympiques, c’est Joannie.

    So you got only one bronze. No matter. The color of your medal or the number of medals around your neck, that’s not important. Future generations of skaters will regard you as their inspiration.

    Now go out there and carry that flag!

    Comment by RDP — 28 February 2010 @ 18:44

  1354. Congratulations on your bronze. I have watched the Olympics with great enthusiasm for over 30 years and never have I rooted for an athlete from another country…until you. My families prayers are with both you and your father and I look forward to seeing you carry the Canadian flag tonight in the closing ceremonies.

    God Bless you.

    Comment by Terence Taylor — 28 February 2010 @ 19:04

  1355. Joannie,

    Thank you for working so hard for your country….Your mother’s passing was so tragic. You nevertheless, honoured her memory with your performance. We are so proud of you …That wasn’t a bronze medal, it was the Star of Canada. You are Canada’s choice for Flag bearer !!
    Best of luck in the future !!
    Merci… Merci…Merci !!!!!!

    Comment by Glenn Thomas — 28 February 2010 @ 19:05

  1356. Dear Joannie, congratulation on your success during these so very sad days. I wish you a great evening at the closing ceremonies.
    It is a week since your mother past on and I was very upset for you. It was nice to see you on the ice and now with a bronce metal.
    All the best for you and your family and hopefully a few days of privacy. Your future is bright and your mom will always be with you. Keep on believing and dreaming – it will happen. Take care.

    Comment by Sigrid Wolm — 28 February 2010 @ 19:08

  1357. Joannie

    You were fabulous on TV at the Olympics and I wish you and your father well wishes and hope that you will continue on you excellent skating career.

    Kate

    Comment by Kate — 28 February 2010 @ 19:09

  1358. Joannie,
    You have done so very well, and we were THRILLED to know that you would be medalling. Bronze is pretty good — but we still think you’re gold! You’ll always be gold to us!

    My son was watching you skate and especially after your mom’s passing. When you were on the Podium, He said to me this: “Man, if i were the gold medalist I would get off my podium, give my gold to Joannie and taker her bronze!”

    My son is in his mid-twenties, and he keeps things rather close to the vest; but when i hear him make remarks like that i am reminded that he has such a good heart.

    He was interested in the Olympics, Yes, but i didn’t think he’d be interested in the Figure Skating! It was something else that brought us closer together.

    We wish for you the best, Joannie. You made sacrifices most people wouldn’t be able to, you kept going even though the closest person to you is gone. You still skated. That has our admiration and respect.

    Hang in there. I wish i lived near you to just talk with you over coffee or “herbal” tea? We have experienced a lot of loss and it’s tough. Grieving is hard work. Just know that you have a lot of people who love and support you — and don’t stuff the emotions; when the tears come, let them fall. That’s how you get through trying to live without one of the people you love most. You will never “get over it” you just figure out how to “live with it…day by day.” And you know that somewhere, somehow, she’s always there in your heart and your memories.

    All we can say is “Hang in there.” It will get better but it may take awhile.

    Blessings to you,
    Jenni,Jonas, and Tom

    PS Oh by the way, CONGRATS! You done good! No, you done GREAT! :)

    Comment by Jenni B — 28 February 2010 @ 19:18

  1359. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad, you are so brave, and your mom was there with you every step of the way………..xooxxoox

    Comment by chrissy nash — 28 February 2010 @ 19:26

  1360. Joannie…..SIMPLY THE BEST GOD BLESS

    Comment by john scherzinger tucson, az. facebook also — 28 February 2010 @ 19:29

  1361. Please remember and treasure the good parts of these Olympics, and remember that your mother would be the proudest woman in the world! Congratulations on your winning of the Terry Fox award. I ran my first marathon the year that he died. He has been my hero ever since. If you appreciate what he did, you will understand what a great award this is.

    Comment by Wally Hauk — 28 February 2010 @ 19:31

  1362. We are proud of you!

    Comment by Dariush Shoja — 28 February 2010 @ 19:33

  1363. Joannie, you are truly unbelievable. You are not only a beautiful women, a beautiful person and great athlete, but an incredibly courageous person. You not only encourage and inspire me, but the entire nation. You have been awesome for many years and have shown your strength in the toughest of times. Everyone in Canada admires you. You are amazing and without a doubt one of the Olympics best with your Bronze Medal win, but a real Canadian hero and legend for your performance. You are one of the most incredible and amazing people that I have not only seen in sport, but throughout the world that I have experienced. All The Best to you and your family in the future.
    Sean Carroll

    Comment by Sean Carroll — 28 February 2010 @ 19:36

  1364. My thoughts and prayers are with you Joannie and your Dad. You showed everyone what a true Canadian hero is – YOU – congratulations!

    Comment by Colleen — 28 February 2010 @ 19:37

  1365. Joannie –

    Ton courage est une inspiration pour des gens au Canada et a travers le monde. Félicitations sur votre médaille!!
    Nos pensées et appui sont avec toi toujours!

    Comment by Courtney MacDonald — 28 February 2010 @ 19:39

  1366. Joannie, i wanted to express to you the sorrow I felt when I heard about your loss. You seem to have had a very close relationship to your mother; I know you have been very busy and occupied this week. I had a very close relationship with my dad, who passed away 6 years ago. I just want you to know that in the weeks to come, when you aren’t quite as busy you may start to feel things more deply. Rest assured that as time goes by this will ease a little, and you will eventually remember all the good things. I personally took strength from the Bible promise of a paradise earth and the resurrection hope. Stay well, and thanks for the beautiful performances.

    Comment by Cathy K — 28 February 2010 @ 19:42

  1367. Joannie, I am a skating fan and have watched you for years. You are a beautiful and elegant skater Canada would have been behind you no matter what the circumstances. But your performance this week was simply awe inspiring. All of Canada is so proud to say you are one of us. I lost my father when he was 55 – and just like your mother, he was far too young and it was devastating. I cannot imagine facing the challenge that you faced only days later. You are now and will forever be nothing less than a heroic Olympic medalist. God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Sandy — 28 February 2010 @ 19:44

  1368. Your incredible demonstration of perseverance and humility is truly inspirational. Aside from the athletic accolades and level of technical abilities on ice, there is no better person to represent our country.

    Comment by Dave — 28 February 2010 @ 19:51

  1369. Joannie: We are very proud of you and all your accomplishments. You are a true Olympic Athlete and all of Canada are proud that you are Canadian. Thanks you for this gift.

    Janis

    Comment by JANIS from Sarnia, ON — 28 February 2010 @ 19:59

  1370. Dear Joannie: You exemplify what the Olympics are all about: toughness, tenderness, unyielding determination. I applaud you on your courage and grace during this most difficult time. My heart goes out to you and your family. You will always be golden to your fans around the world. We love and respect you.

    Votre maman est si fière que je suis sûr.

    Love,
    Karen

    Comment by Karen — 28 February 2010 @ 20:00

  1371. Shortly after my beloved brother, Doug Bailey, passed away on February 20, I learned that you had lost your dear mother the next day. What a tragedy. I feel so strongly for you, as I can fully understand what you are going through in this saddening time. Joannie, I am so proud of you. You went the extra mile in your skating excellence, winning a Bronze Medal which I know that you will carry forever as a tribute to your Mom. I can feel your personal dedication. We cry together, as we have both just lost a family member we have each loved for years. Tears continue to flow, but so does the feeling of happy memories that we remember when we hold them closely in our hearts. I know that my brother is now in a better place. I trust that you feel the same way about your mother. I am sure that they are both looking down at us right now and loving us. In your situation, Joannie, I believe that two halos are involved – one for your darling mother and one for you in achieving such well-earned Olympic success. May you carry Canada’s flag with pride in the Olympic Closing Ceremonies, and may ypu continue to follow your dream, strongly encouraged by the positive memories and respect for your mother that you carry in your heart. Warmest personal regards and admiration. Carol Roberts in Parksville on Vancouver Island

    Comment by Carol Roberts — 28 February 2010 @ 20:02

  1372. Joannie:

    My wife and I send you our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. We cried along with you in your first skate and cheered along with you in your second longer one. We could not understand how you mustered the strength to carry on, but you did in the face of profound grief and sorrow. Your two skate episodes will stand out in our minds as a triumph of the human spirit in these Olympics. Your bronze medal was well-deserved and is a fitting memorial to your mother. Take some time away from the madding crowds for quiet reflection. Best of luck in the future and we hope to see more of you in future competitions!

    Bruce & Vivian Lauer, Ottawa, Ontario

    Comment by Bruce Lauer — 28 February 2010 @ 20:09

  1373. Je vien de l’ecole roger-saint-denis tu est une grande inspiration dans ma vie moi aussi je fait du patinage artistique tu a faite tres bien au olympique j’espaire que tu a eu toute les petit mots quond ta envoyer.
    Je te soyete bonne chance plus tard dans la vie

    Melanie.g

    Comment by Melanie — 28 February 2010 @ 20:11

  1374. Congratulations on your Bronze medal, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life. I’ll be watching for you in the closing ceremonies. You have made this great nation very proud of you.

    Comment by Bill Powell — 28 February 2010 @ 20:11

  1375. Your strength and courage is to be commended. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. I wish you all success in your next chapter in your life. Be safe and may Gods love encompass you forever.
    Thanks for your endurance.

    Darlene Tendam

    Comment by Darlene Tendam — 28 February 2010 @ 20:14

  1376. Such an inspiration you are to people all over the world. You have shown us determination, skill, dignity and grace.

    Your Olympics will be remembered by many forever.

    daveM

    Comment by DaveM — 28 February 2010 @ 20:17

  1377. Dear Joannie,

    Congrats for your win! You performed wonderfully and are the true shining star of the Olympics. I’m sorry for your loss. You carried on so well, and your mother is so very proud of you.

    Best wishes and best of luck!

    -Jennifer
    Cleveland, OH

    Comment by Jennifer Forcier — 28 February 2010 @ 20:22

  1378. I am in grade 1. I am 6. I am really excited that you won a bronze medal when you had such a tough time. After you won, I thought how hard it was to skate and I’m really sorry. I hope you win lots of gold medals next time. Great job.

    I hope I see you in person one day.

    Comment by Jackson Dukart — 28 February 2010 @ 20:22

  1379. Joannie we are so proud of you and our hearts go out to you. Your courage was astounding. We will be keeping you and your Dad in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult return home. You where amazing and we enjoyed your two programs very much. We just couldn’t believe how you could do it, but you did. As you said today in the interview – you will have no regrets. Your Mom would have wanted you to do what you did. Congrats on your bronze medal and being chosen to carry the flag tonight. We love you…….
    Huge fan of yours,
    Susan,
    Petrolia Ontario

    Comment by Susan Symington — 28 February 2010 @ 20:24

  1380. Hi Joannie:
    Before the olympics started, the teacher told us to pick an athlete of any sport and write about them. I picked you, when the games started I have to watch how my athlete played and what medal they got. But then I hear the news of your mother and it was so sad for me to put that news about my athlete in the school. You had so much courage to go skate on ice. Your skating it was the perfect ever!!! with all that spins, jumps, etc. When I saw you got the bronze medal, I was so happy, I just can believe it! looks for me like that your mom it was helping you each moment and I believe she was with you all the time.
    Bye, God Bless you and I hope you feel better.

    Comment by Sophia Turrin — 28 February 2010 @ 20:25

  1381. You have handled your self with such dignity and grace. You have done yourself and your country very proud. A very impressed American.

    Comment by Larry B. — 28 February 2010 @ 20:32

  1382. Dear Joannie,

    I really like how you were brave even though your mother passed away.

    Sincerely, Emilie

    PS I hope I can be a figure skater like you someday.

    Comment by Emilie — 28 February 2010 @ 20:37

  1383. Joannie,

    I’m truly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and the rest of your family. Canada thanks you for your hard work and your perseverance through these difficult times. You’re truly an inspiration to all and it was amazing to see you medal at the games. Like someone said before, “GOLD is in your future.” And you better believe it too. Canada is soooooooo proud of you! Stay strong!

    Comment by Aprille — 28 February 2010 @ 20:46

  1384. Dear Joannie,

    First of all, I just have to say God bless you. I didn’t get to watch as much of the Olympics as I wanted but when I heard your story I fell in love with your compassion. God forbid a death in my family happened before a performance, I don’t know if I’d have the strength to go out and do anything without breaking down. You are a new idol to me. You have so much strength and passion for yourself and what you do and it’s amazing. This world is full of heartbreak, corruption, and devastation, yet when it hits home it is just so hard to understand. I wish I could meet you so I could give you a hug and just smile at you and tell you how strong of a woman you are. Once again God bless you, sweetie, you deserve every blessing the world can give you.

    Anna

    Comment by Anna C. — 28 February 2010 @ 20:50

  1385. You had such courage and strength to go out there and skate for us. You did a fabulous job, and winning a bronze was still amazing. It was tough to hear that you had to go through such a tough time, but you stood strong, you held your head high, and made it through it all. I’m proud of you. Congratulations on winning a medal at the Olympics.

    Comment by Chris — 28 February 2010 @ 20:51

  1386. My heart goes out to you, your dad and family, such a tragedy. You skated so beautifully in your short and long program. Congrats on winning bronze. Your mother was I’m sure looking down at you, so proud. She will always be watching over you smiling. You are such an accomplished skater, your hard work paid off.

    Jennifer

    Comment by Jennifer Kloss-USA — 28 February 2010 @ 20:55

  1387. We love you, Joannie!! Thanks for your strength and grace. You honour mother! Féliciations! Please come visit us at Saunders Farm. You, and all your friends are welcome here!
    Blessings!

    Comment by The Saunders Family — 28 February 2010 @ 20:56

  1388. Dear Joannie,

    I admire your strength and courage. I couldn’t imagine the pain you have gone through. Nice bronze medral! I use to figure skate. When I moved across the country of Canada, I stopped.Whenever I go on the ice I still practice. I am still not good but you have inspired me to keep trying. You are an amazing girl that I will look up too forever. May the angels surround you, your mom, your dad and all of your family. I wish you good luck in all your competitions.

    From your admirer,
    Shaelyn

    Comment by Shaelyn Just 13 Years Old — 28 February 2010 @ 20:56

  1389. Congratulations! I am watching you carry the flag right now in the closing ceremonies….you are an inspiration!

    Thank you! Canada is proud of you!

    My sincere sympathy to you and your family…

    Our thoughts are with you…

    Comment by A. Roy — 28 February 2010 @ 20:59

  1390. Joannie

    God bless you. You are a huge inspiration to the world. Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. It’s takes a tremendous amount of strength and courage to be able to skate and compete the way you did after hearing about your mother.

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and you family

    Robert (Dallas, USA)

    Comment by Robert Hoffman — 28 February 2010 @ 21:08

  1391. Your skill is only overshadowed by your courage. félicitations

    Comment by Paul — 28 February 2010 @ 21:08

  1392. Congratulations on your bronze medal – it is incredibly well deserved. I found your performance absolutely inspirational and I’m so glad you were chosen as the flag bearer for our country. Your strength,courage and composure are so admirable and I cannot think of a better representative for our nation. Watching all that you have done these olympics makes me proud to call myself a Canadian.
    Congratulations on everything you have achieved and I wish you and your family all the best in the future.

    Comment by Melanie — 28 February 2010 @ 21:09

  1393. Dear Joannie:

    I would like to send my deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow and my congratulations on your Bronze Metal. I am thrilled to watch you carry our flag into the closing ceremonies and can think of no one more deserving. What you have done has been inspirational to all Canadians, to go out there and persevere in this trying time and to accomplish everything you have not only moved the nation to tears but also showed how much courage and class you have. Your mom would be so proud. You have always been a role model for kids growing up in your sport, now you have become a role model for all Canadians.

    My Heart truly goes out to you. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Best Wishes in the times ahead.

    Steve LeMottee

    Comment by Steve LeMottee — 28 February 2010 @ 21:10

  1394. Les gens partent mais ne s’en vont pas vraiment. Leurs esprits font lever le soleil, réveillent la nature et changent les saisons. Parfois, on les aperçoit en train de danser sur les nuages. Ce sont elles qui peignent les arcs-en-ciel et les couchers de soleil. Ce sont elles qui forment les vagues et qui ramènent les marées. Ce sont elles qui lancent les étoiles filantes et qui entendent nos souhaits…et lorsqu’elles chantent avec le vent, elles nous mumurent à l’oreille:”Ne sois pas triste, d’ici, la vue est superbe, je me porte bien et je veille sur toi.”

    Comment by Marie-Paule Robichaud, NB — 28 February 2010 @ 21:12

  1395. Joannie my most sincere sympathies to you and your family on your loss.
    Congratulations on your medal for your wonderful performances during the Olympics. I may not be Canadian but I still think you are an incredible young lady, your mom must be looking down on you with the biggest smile on her.
    You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers

    Comment by Ann Pelletier — 28 February 2010 @ 21:14

  1396. Dearest Joannie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know what an inspiration you are to me. My father has been ill and will pass away soon. I have been able to comfort him and be calm in his presence although I am deeply affected by the loss I already feel – but you have given me the courage to reach even more deeply inside to show him peace and love at a difficult time. I will strive to show the same poise and composure that you have shown me. My thoughts are with you, your family and especially your mother, who brought such a wonderful person into this world!
    With warm regards,
    Irene (from Toronto)

    Comment by Irene — 28 February 2010 @ 21:15

  1397. My mom died on Sunday Feb 21 after a brief battle with cancer. Her death left me numb. Your inspired program and effort helped me through a very painful time.

    Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep
    by Mary Frye

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am in a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the softly falling snow.
    I am the gentle showers of rain,
    I am the fields of ripening grain.
    I am in the morning hush,
    I am in the graceful rush
    Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
    I am the starshine of the night.
    I am in the flowers that bloom,
    I am in a quiet room.
    I am in the birds that sing,
    I am in each lovely thing.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there. I do not die.

    Comment by Tom Hawboldt — 28 February 2010 @ 21:19

  1398. You are an amazing person, to have endured so gracefully, and to have performed so wonderfully. My sincerest condolences to you and yours, Joannie. May God’s Peace be with you and yours, Evermore.

    Comment by Turk — 28 February 2010 @ 21:23

  1399. God bless you Joannie,what a true inspiration you are.My eight year old daughter Shauna and I want to send our condolences and wish you all the best.You did our country very proud during such a difficult time in your life.

    Comment by Mike O'Connell — 28 February 2010 @ 21:28

  1400. Joannie, you’ll probably never read this, and even if you don’t I hope you will feel the love that so many people have for you and who admire the strength you showed during such a difficult time in your life. Your mother knew how much you had to sacrifice to get to this point in your life and she was so proud of you. I’m glad you honored her by competing….. it’s exactly what she wanted and expected of you. And never ever forget how much she gave to get you to this point in your life. I don’t think anyone could define love any better than that. Keep her in a secret part of your heart for all of your life and she’ll never leave you.

    RCH – Pentagon, Washington, DC

    Comment by Rowland — 28 February 2010 @ 21:40

  1401. Love you Joannie. You have made a country proud in one of the most difficult points in your life. Peace and Love to you.

    Comment by John Ballantine — 28 February 2010 @ 21:51

  1402. May God bless you and your family during this most difficult time. Your beloved Mother would be so proud of the courage and grace you showed as you skated in her honour and memory. Love, Lynda

    Comment by Lynda Tracy — 28 February 2010 @ 21:52

  1403. Joannie,
    My heart aches for you during this time of loss. I too lost my mother when she was 55 , and I 24, almost 21 years ago. I know how you feel and nothing can ever be said to ease your pain. The pain will forever be there, and heart ache in your heart, over years the pain will ease, but never go away. You are a wonderful inspiration to everyone, and I have become a great fan of yours, for the strength you have shown. I hope to see you again at the Olympics in 2014. I live in the USA, but part of my heart now belongs to Canada!! Keep your chin up, and know that your mother will forever be with you.

    Much love & support
    Margaret Harris, and Family
    Salem, VA USA

    Comment by Margaret Harris — 28 February 2010 @ 21:57

  1404. i didn ‘t get to see u skate live. i finally had a chance to see your skate on replays. couldn’t get enough of it. u brought tears to my eyes. your performance was breathtaking.

    Comment by raj — 28 February 2010 @ 22:02

  1405. Joannie, my deepest sympathies on your loss. I too lost my mom, and miss her every single day, but know that she watches over me from above. I truly believe that your mom is watching over you, and is so proud of you!! Your strength and courage are amazing, and your talent is incredible.
    Good luck to you and know that the world wishes you nothing but the best!!
    Love, Sandy Ellett

    Comment by Sandy Ellett — 28 February 2010 @ 22:04

  1406. Joannie,
    You were an absolute inspiration to me as you skated both Tuesday and Thursday, which brought tears to my eyes as you won Bronze for yourself, your mother and all of Canadians. My condolences are with you, your father and the rest of your family while coping with the lost of your mom. My dearest and heart felt sympathies go out to you at this time.
    You are a brilliant skater and I wish that I had skills as you have shown to all of us during the 2010 Olympics. You are a hero to me and I will always remember your routine on Thursday and the one that you danced for your mother by Celine Dion. They were and are completely beautiful just like yourself. Take care and thank you for showing us all of your beauty through your skating.. You are truly deserving of the medal, and all the love that is being sent to you. Your biggest fan Jen

    Comment by Jennifer Onda — 28 February 2010 @ 22:05

  1407. you are a true inspiration to many as well as me. you had a very difficult time but you passed it with a lot of courage and brought a bronze medal in Canada. just remember everytime you are sad or you keep thinking about the sad moments you had just put you hand on your heart and say ” All Is Well” and if that doesnt work ( even thought it should) just go take a shower and while doing that just start singing your fave song and you will for sure forget everything for a while .

    Good Luck with your future and upcoming events and thanks for the medal you brought to Canada with your hard work … Luv Yahh <3

    Comment by Simran Arora — 28 February 2010 @ 22:35

  1408. Joannie, I don’t have a way with words, but here goes-

    You are a remarkable person: so courageous, beautiful, and graceful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Every success in everything that you do, with your focus anything is possible.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Bob Dall — 28 February 2010 @ 22:49

  1409. Joannie,
    The courage you displayed during the 2010 Olympics would have made any mother proud. To deal with the loss and the competition was an insipiration. As an American watching from home in North Carolina, I was amazed by both of your performances. The world is proud of you and what you did. Your performances were amazing and we are looking forward to many more years of your amazing presence on the ice. So much emotion and connection with your fans and the audience… I am sorry for you loss and send you my prayers and best wishes.. Good night

    Comment by Scott Hubler — 28 February 2010 @ 23:11

  1410. Dear Joannie, I wasn’t a big fan of the olympics in past years, but this year was attracted to every event. However, the ones I always enjoy the most are the figure skating, and the ice dancing.

    Your mother would be so proud, as was your father. I was thanking our Lord for the fact that we (the fans) had the honor of viewing you and your beautiful mother in a picture, and seeing your father in the audience proud as could be. A true gift to us.

    You are truly the greatest. Scoring put aside, I, like many, even though I am older, cried with you in your sorrow. It took a lot of strength carry on as you did, feeling as you did.

    When I think of the Canadian olympics, I will always treasure yours and your mother’s picture in my mind. I may live in the U.S., but I think your country is absolutely great. A dear friend to the U.S.

    You have been in my prayers Joannie, and will continue to be along with my memory of you and your mother, and your father. I hope someplace I can find a picture of all three of you.

    Thanks again for your inspiration to many up and coming skaters, and for your beautiful skating. You were so gracious out there. God love you and your mother and father.

    Lots of love from me and my wife.

    In loving memory of your beautiful mother,

    Jack Schrader

    Comment by Jack Schrader — 28 February 2010 @ 23:13

  1411. Your courage and perseverance under the most unimaginable circumstances is an amazing inspiration to countless people, young and old alike, around the world. You embody the Olympic spirit and the spirit of sports like no other. It was most fitting to have you carry the Canadian flag into the closing ceremonies.

    Comment by Peter Kwok — 28 February 2010 @ 23:15

  1412. I heard you mention on CTV that you were beginning to see your dad in a new light. My dad is a quiet man too, who rarely shows his emotions but when he does, it is incredibly moving and I know he loves me more than he can ever say. I think this sad event in your life having lost your mother so suddenly, will prove to open up an entirely new, unexpected and wonderful chapter with your father and I think this is truly wonderful.

    Thank you for being so strong and gracious. You have made an entire country so proud.

    Comment by Jacqueline — 28 February 2010 @ 23:24

  1413. Chère Joannie,
    Toutes nos condoléances pour la perte de ta maman. Nous allons tous prier pour ta famille et nous te donnons la médaille d’or du courage! Prends soin de toi et danse sur tes patins avec tout ton coeur pour toujours. Nous sommes super fiers de toi! Vive le Canada!

    Comment by Natasha, Richard, Lara et Trystan — 28 February 2010 @ 23:25

  1414. Joannie!!!
    you are an inspiration!!!
    I love you and will always support you!!!
    I’m from Honduras and I was influenced by your
    performance!
    KEEP IT UP!
    PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SUPPORT YOU AND LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY!!!

    Comment by Harris Lam — 28 February 2010 @ 23:28

  1415. Completely amazing, awe-inspiring, and breath-takingly beautiful. I know your mother must be proud. The courage you showed is without adequate words to describe. My heart goes out to you and your family. I wish you only the best. May you continue to succeed, inspire, and may God bless you and your family.

    Comment by Jeremiah Sims — 28 February 2010 @ 23:32

  1416. Joannie,

    You and your family have been in my thoughts all week….my sincere condolences to you and your father.

    Joannie, I have been profoundly touched by your courage and integrity in this past week…..and I believe with all my heart that you have touched many and inspired hope in our world….thank you for this.

    Ginette

    Comment by Ginette Couture — 28 February 2010 @ 23:33

  1417. You are amazing & did an amazing job in both the short program & the long despite the sadness you were feeling & who could blame you. It is never easy losing someone you love. Good for you going ahead & for winning the bronze – Congratulations. Know that you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers as you return home to your family. God Bless.

    Comment by Judy — 28 February 2010 @ 23:35

  1418. My deepest symphathies on your loss. May your memories provide comfort.

    Your performance at the Olympics was trully touching. I was watching with my mother and we both got tears. I can’t imagine how you are dealing with your loss.. I know your mother was proud of you, and watching over you.

    I wish you the best and wish you a long and successful career, and hope to see you perform in the future, you are a joy to watch, trully talented, and a gracious person.

    My thoughts are with you, your father and family in this trying time.

    Another fan in the USA.

    Comment by Donna — 28 February 2010 @ 23:35

  1419. Hi Joannie,

    Am Malika. You did a great job on the finals and you brought us a bronze. Great work! I was watching you the whole time. I hope you enjoyed the winter olympics , and excited for the paralympics!
    I’ll be watching you on the next winter olympics Joannie and i hope you win a gold. You deserve it!

    Malika

    Comment by Malika — 28 February 2010 @ 23:36

  1420. Dear Ms. Rochette:

    Your performance was absolutely spectacular at the Winter Games. You are an amazing skater. Your beauty, grace and skill will be remembered forever.

    I wish you all the best in all of your future endeavors.

    Keep rocking on!

    Comment by Terry — 28 February 2010 @ 23:52

  1421. Bonjour Joannie!

    You inspired all of us. Merci! You are a courageous role model my daughters can look up to with pride. MERCI!

    Jeff

    Comment by Jeff — 28 February 2010 @ 23:54

  1422. congrats on your bronze medal joannie that was an awesome thing to wach for me and i am very sorry about you loss of you mom my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!! god bless you joannie.

    Comment by cody labelle — 28 February 2010 @ 23:58

  1423. I just want to say you inspire me so much, i lost my mom in august 21 2009 and i gave up figure skating because it was her favorite sport although ihad been doing it for 11 years my heart goes out to you i was amazed on how you could perform after two days, its inspired me to go back next year thank you!

    Comment by Jennie Phelps — 28 February 2010 @ 23:59

  1424. I just want to say thank you. I am the first to admit that at the beginning of these Olympic games I really had no idea who you were. I don’t follow skating too much. I can now tell you that I am never going to forget your courage, or forget your inner strength. Most of all I am never going to forget your incredible heart…..God bless you….and thank you again so much!

    Comment by Sonny McDermott — 1 March 2010 @ 00:09

  1425. firstly, deepest condolences for your loss. You are a hero of canada. You touched everyone with your courage and bravery. As the olympics are completed and you head home, i wish you all the best in the rest of your endeavors. All the best and may your mom be by your side always as you progress through life. Your strength and courage will always be remembered. If bronze was ever gold, it was on the night you won it. All the best in your future and deepest condolences once again.

    Comment by Devin — 1 March 2010 @ 00:09

  1426. Joannie- I competed as athlete for many years. What a wonderful, courageous person you are. You truly are a national treasure and I wish you all the best. My heart goes out to you and you family.

    Comment by kim — 1 March 2010 @ 00:12

  1427. Joannie,
    May you and your dad enjoy peace knowing your mom is with our Lord. I know she was watching over you as you skated to your bronze medal. Your courage to compete and love for you mom are are truly two gifts which can never be taken from you. May God bless you and I hope and pray for your continued success & inner peace. We in the US are so very proud of you:) You are a phenominal young woman; your mom is beaming from heaven young one!

    Comment by George — 1 March 2010 @ 00:18

  1428. Joannie, You were the brightest star of all and touched the hearts of everyone in our family. My deepest sympathy to you and your Dad on the loss of your Mom. Your strength and courage is an inspiration to us all. Thank you, a million times thank you for your determination to represent our country better than it has ever been represented before.

    Comment by Linda — 1 March 2010 @ 00:18

  1429. You were the Crown jewel to the 2010 games and I was very proud to see you carry the flag for Canada tonight. I will never forget your performance in the face of such adversity and your strength will be what I think of to help me to rise above my own hardships.

    Congratulations on the bronze medal, and to being a hero.

    Comment by Kyle Gray — 1 March 2010 @ 00:19

  1430. Congratulations on a Gold-Medal performance throughout these 2010 Olympics. Your strength and courage are an inspiration to all of your fellow Canadians. Thank You!!!
    May God bless you with His strength, comfort and love in the days and weeks to come.

    Comment by Jay Aitch — 1 March 2010 @ 00:20

  1431. Congrats on the medal. You deserve it, being from the US, i like that you won the medal for Canada, your skating is beautiful and so are you. God Bless! <3

    Comment by Adam davieau — 1 March 2010 @ 00:23

  1432. Joannie,

    I know this is late, but I want to thank you for the most inspiring skating performance I’ve ever seen. Thank you! Thank you!

    I normally don’t believe in heroes, but you for sure are my hero! Thank you for your courageous performance. Thank you so much for inspiring me to do the best I can do.

    I lost my father on July 4, 2000. I know how you feel and want you to know that your performance is one of the greatest inspirations ever. Thank you so much, my hero!!

    Love Always,

    Greg Dressler
    Atlanta, GA. USA

    Comment by Greg Dressler — 1 March 2010 @ 00:29

  1433. love … love … love … heart to heart … you are …

    Comment by Paul — 1 March 2010 @ 00:42

  1434. i just read your interview in Canadian Health & Lifestyle magazine and it shows the incredible spirit you have and know that the hearts of not just Canada but the world were with you and will continue to be with you

    Comment by michael (usa) — 1 March 2010 @ 00:42

  1435. You are an amazing woman Joannie!!! You did what a million others would not even consider under such stress…and I am sure your mother was watching over you and guiding you each step of the way and was applauding you for your brave and excellent performance. It really does go to show what a great Canadian is made of. You did us proud!!!!!!! Hopefully, now you will get a chance to grieve in your own way and enjoy all the memories your mom left behind for you. God Bless!!!!

    Comment by Joan Rogers — 1 March 2010 @ 00:43

  1436. Congratulations on an impossible task incredibly done. Having lost my mother, I can only imagine your pain and the focus that you needed to skate, not once, but twice. You are a beautiful young woman with an incredible talent. I was so thrilled to watch you skate. I think all of Canada was breathing with you, skating with you and celebrating with you at your win. Be proud of your performance. Be proud of all you have accomplished at such a young age. The best to you and to your dad in these coming months. I can’t wait to watch you in Russia.
    Lynda

    Comment by Lynda — 1 March 2010 @ 00:52

  1437. Joannie – just wanted to say you make me so proud to be a Canadian. Your perseverance, your drive, your passion under the circumstances were incredible. Every clip they show brings a tear of pride to my eyes and I am so happy for what you accomplished. You were the Olympics in my books (ok, maybe ‘just’ behind Sid and the guys!) I hope the healing can take place now and your heart can mend. It won’t be easy, but you have the support of milions and hopefully we can help you through that.

    Best wishes

    Comment by Dave in Victoria — 1 March 2010 @ 00:55

  1438. I just want to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I really loved your performance in figure skating & representing Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, even through this tough time for you. I will pray for you & may God (Yahweh) bless. Congratulations!

    Comment by Mike M. — 1 March 2010 @ 01:19

  1439. I just finished watching the closing ceramony and i think you did us all very proud. I offer you my deepest sympathies and also the best of luck in the future. Yes i am french but i must apoligize i am not very good at putting my words to you in french. I watched your skating and i think you are very good and strong. I do believe that you will go far in the future. I am writing to you from Peace River Alberta, and i only wish i could have been there to cheer you all on.

    Bonne chance la belle!!!

    Comment by Normand Desbiens — 1 March 2010 @ 01:35

  1440. Dear Joannie-
    Your triumph under difficult circumstances capivated and inspired people all over the world. Those of us in the U.S. (and likely other parts of the world) found ourselves rooting for you in a way that typically is reserved for citizens of our own country.

    I am deeply sorry for your personal loss. Through your obvious grace, humilty, and perserverence I’m certain you have made her very proud!

    Your friends in the USA thank you and wish you all the best!

    Comment by Brett (Ann Arbor, Michigan) — 1 March 2010 @ 01:50

  1441. Our Dear Joannie,

    It is late night here, and we just watched the Olympic closing ceremony. We are so grateful that Canada chose you to carry the flag this evening. We are also glad that you have felt up to staying for the skating Gala and closing ceremony. We saw your beautiful tribute to your mother in the skating Gala last night. Sadly, American television (NBC) only showed six skaters out of last night’s program. We believe that there were many more skaters/programs that we were not able to see (perhaps you skated another number that was not shown here), but we were glad to see your progam.

    We can only imagine how difficult the days and weeks to come will be for you and your father as you return home. I lost my father 10 years ago, but there is still a large hoke in my life that he once filled. Maggie lost her mom 5 years ago, and we miss her very badly; she and her mom were very close. Life is never the same after we lose someone we love, but life does go on in a new direction. Nothing can take away the pain, and we can only do our best to live on with memories, and to live our life in a way that honors our parents and all of the sacrifices they made for our betterment.

    We hope and pray you can rest well at home, and spend time with your father. We also do hope very much that you will feel strong enough in time to go and skate in the Worlds next month. You are and incredibly great and talented skater, and we can see your inner beauty and strength every time we see you skate. You skater with your whole heart. You are a friend to the world, and we would be so honored to have the opportunity to meet you and see you in person some day. We send you embraces through the computer, with hopes to give you the real thing some day.

    This years’ Olympic games were absolutely wonderful, and we have seen some of Canada’s best. We have visited Canada several times over the years, as Maggie’s best friend lives in Toronto. As an American, I can truly say that I’m very proud to have Canada as my neighbor.

    Joannie, I’m sorry I don’t know French very well, but we can say merci beaucoup to you from the bottom of our hearts, and merci to Canada for enlightening our lives for these past two weeks.

    We will continue to wwrite more in days to come, and we pray for your blessings and comfort. May Goid grant you peace in your heart, an even stronger love for your father, and time to be at peace and rest with your family. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lots of Love,

    David and Maggie Levi
    Maryland, USA

    Comment by David and Maggie Levi — 1 March 2010 @ 01:56

  1442. I’ve had very few things in my life which have brought me to tears. Most have been happy and associated with sport. I cannot express the condolences and the admiration I feel for you as a person and an athlete. You have moved me to have some life goals I’ve been lacking. I would like to express my families sympathies and prayers to especially your Father, You, and the rest of your family.

    Comment by RC from Dallas — 1 March 2010 @ 02:10

  1443. Dear Joannie,

    I know you’ve gotten a lot of these messages, but I wanted to convey my deepest and sincerest sympathies for your loss. At 21, I also recently lost my mother (Dec2009) after being with her throughout her battle with leukemia. I know that while I acted strong in front of my friends and family, I could never have pulled off such a graceful, elegant, inspiring performance. You deserve all the reward and praise that you have been receiving, and I hope it offers you some comfort.

    It will be hard for a long time, but keep yourself busy and know that your mother is unspeakably proud of you. She is always, always with you.

    You are an amazing person and thank you for being such a wonderful role model. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    Sending you good wishes,
    Grace Lee
    California, USA

    Comment by Grace Lee — 1 March 2010 @ 02:31

  1444. You have made all Canada proud, a very Big thankyou

    It was an honor to watch your proformance

    At true Canadian hero

    Comment by Mike Platt — 1 March 2010 @ 02:47

  1445. Joannie,
    I am 24 years old and an only child, like you. I can only imagine how this has affected you. I know my world would fall apart if I was in your shoes (or skates…).
    I wanted to tell you that my thoughts are with you and that your strength is an inspiration.

    You’re a beautiful, talented and incredible young lady.
    I wish I had your strength.
    Your mum is so proud of you.

    Gros bisous,
    Lauren

    Comment by Lauren — 1 March 2010 @ 03:01

  1446. Dear Joannie and Family,
    My sincerest thoughts go out to your and your family and friends, at this sad time. May God continue to pour out his love on you during this time. You were marvelous and a TRUE Olympian at the Vancouver games and are a true Canadian testement to overcoming and achieving your goals. Your mother would be VERY proud of you!

    God bless you!
    Cameron Longo
    Skownan First Nation, Manitoba

    Comment by Cameron Longo — 1 March 2010 @ 03:17

  1447. I’m sure I’m not alone- but I’ve fallen in love with this girl!! Angelic is not a strong enough word to describe her grace and beauty. I’m blown away. I hope she goes on to movies after her career. I’m writing one and I will offer her the starring role when completed-whether she can act or not. : )

    Comment by Jack — 1 March 2010 @ 03:19

  1448. To our eyes, you’ve earned the Gold medal every time you skate. Very best wishes to you always…

    Comment by your admirer — 1 March 2010 @ 03:19

  1449. Joannie, I just want to tell you that you are the best and I just don’t see how you did it and I am proud of you and your BRONZE MEDAL, you are the best and I hope that you can put it all behind you. Your mother would be very PROUD of you.

    If you need a good friend I am a business person from Atoka, Oklahoma and I will be here if you need me, I will send you a card with my name, address and phone number on it.

    Edmond Jacobs, Atoka, Oklahoma

    Comment by Edmond Jacobs — 1 March 2010 @ 03:40

  1450. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with
    you. You were amazing at the olympics. you are an inspiration to us all.

    Comment by Donna Fultz — 1 March 2010 @ 04:02

  1451. Dear Joannie:
    I know that your mother was smiling down at your while you skated. I pray that your and your daddy will be able to get through this time without the media bothering you. All of the world is was holding you as you skated. Your mother is very proud of you, as is your father. May the Lord hold you in his arms and give you and your family comfort. You will never skate alone.

    Much love, Georgia and Family

    Comment by Georgia Kaye — 1 March 2010 @ 04:02

  1452. i know what its like to lose your mom suddenly. you did your best be proud of that and yourself. all Canada is. doesn’t matter what medal you got. good luck with your future.

    Comment by Michael Pelley halifax n.s. — 1 March 2010 @ 05:08

  1453. Good job.

    Steve from New Hampshire

    Comment by Stephen Booth — 1 March 2010 @ 05:29

  1454. Hello Joannie,

    I just want to say I am so sorry for you and your families loss, but I also want to say thank you for what you did. You could’ve easily chosen to skip the competition at the olympics, and everyone would’ve understood, but you didn’t, and you inspired a nation in the process.

    I wish all the best to you and your family in this difficult time, and all my prayers are with you. Thanks again!

    Comment by Jon Coish — 1 March 2010 @ 06:12

  1455. Joannie -

    Thank you for being such an inspiring human. Your story of overcoming such tragic circumstances in incredibly inspiring.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Bryan Stenson — 1 March 2010 @ 06:17

  1456. Dear Joannie: My deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones as you go through this difficult period of grief. You performance at the Olympics was a fitting memorial to your mother’s passing. You inspire me with your courage. God bless you. Love & light, Rich.

    Comment by richmond bell — 1 March 2010 @ 07:14

  1457. Allo ma chère,
    C’est avec pleins d’émotions et de fierté que j’ai regardé tes exploits aux jeux. Tu es une femme remarquable et avec plein de détermination. Tu m’as beaucoup émue et ton énergie et courage a rempli mon salon lors de tes prestations. J’ai l’impression de te connaître. J’ai tellement entendu parlé de toi car notre amie en commun, Marie-Claude, m’a parlé de toi il y a des lunes. Je te souhaite de bien te remonté de cette épreuve difficile et de continuer de poursuivre tes rêves. Bonne chance dans tout tes projets futurs. Il y a un peuple fièr derrière toi. xox

    Comment by Nathalie — 1 March 2010 @ 07:33

  1458. Dear Joannie,

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. It is a tragic loss for anyone to endure, especially at a critical point in one’s life.

    Your courage and perseverence during the olympics is an example for everyone to follow.
    Congratulations on winning the bronze medal, however with your courage and determination, it is worth more than a thousand gold medals.

    Sincerely,

    Peter.

    (A fan from Toronto)

    Comment by Peter — 1 March 2010 @ 07:33

  1459. Joannie, as a mother of grown children, and on behalf of your dear Mom… she would say, “I’m so very proud of you! I knew you could do it”…. as a Canadian Joannie, you’ve made us very proud! God bless you as you go forward in your life. Know that your Mother makes that journey with you! All the best, and thank you again!

    Comment by Maggie Russell of Toronto — 1 March 2010 @ 07:37

  1460. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I loss my mother in Aug of 2009 so I know what a great accomplishment it was for you to continue skating at the most difficult time of your life. You had an angel on your shoulder guiding you thorough and what a great show of strength and preservance with a medal to top it off. Your skating made all Canadians proud and I know another angel who is smiling down from heaven on your beautiful performance, my mother as am I was a huge figure skating fan and you are one of our favourites along with the whole figure skating team Canada. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers God Bless Susan

    Comment by Susan — 1 March 2010 @ 08:30

  1461. Dear Joannie!

    Congratulations to your spirit and your strength!
    I lost my mother 10 years ago and I was impressed by your way of going out there preforming on top level, gaining Bronze for your home country!

    Your mother must be proud of you watching down from heaven.
    Keep the good moments you were given together in your mind and you will get along great.

    All the best for you and your family!

    You did a great job and deserve everybody’s respect for that! Nothing else but for sure not less than that!

    Comment by JFK — 1 March 2010 @ 08:34

  1462. Dear Joannie!

    Congratulations to your spirit and your strength!
    I lost my mother 10 years ago and I was impressed by your way of going out there preforming on top level, gaining Bronze for your home country!

    Your mother must be proud of you watching down from heaven.
    Keep the good moments you were given together in your mind and you will get along great.

    All the best for you and your family!

    You did a great job and deserve everybody’s respect for that! Nothing else but for sure not less than that!

    Johann Ferdinand from Austria (not Australia!)

    Comment by JFK — 1 March 2010 @ 08:35

  1463. dear joannie
    my name is anthony i live in sydney australia i have canadian cousins in ottawa.sorry it took this long to send you an email for your sudden loss of your mother, i was deeply sadden when i heard to you and your family im so sorry i know what you are going through my sisters and little niece and i lost our parents due to illness 2 yrs for dad on 3rd march mum will be a 1 yr in dec you did a tremendeous job in your figure skating as an aussie im proud of you and so would be your mother if you dont repond i understand.but you will always be in my heart forever and never give up the things you love.your a fantasic athele for your sport and country my thoughts and prayers are with you joannie god bless and take care.
    lots of love anthony torrelli sydney australia xx

    Comment by anthony torrelli — 1 March 2010 @ 08:42

  1464. Joannie, vous avez toucher mon cœur, vous êtes une femme très courageuse votre mère serait très fière de toi. Vancouver a été le lieu pour vous de conquérir et de gagner et de ramener la médaille en patinage figure de femme au Canada. Celine Dion est aussi mon chanteur préféré et je pense que vous avez été très chanceux d’avoir un autre Québécois comme elle pour les mots d’encouragement. Je me souviens

    Comment by Cecile Desrosiers/Burgess — 1 March 2010 @ 09:39

  1465. You are the face and feelings of these Olympics. I know you got support from your fans who were with you. I hope you can feel the support from the millions like me who cried with you, felt your pride after your personal best performance, and believe that your mother was watching you. The next time you see a sunset that you wouldn’t otherwise have noticed, try to feel that it is your mother communicating her love and to tell you that she is okay.

    Comment by Rick Goldberg — 1 March 2010 @ 09:59

  1466. Joannie,
    Wow, what can anyone say. I can only imagine how much courage it took for you to do what you did and to do it so well. I lost my mother 20 years ago this Wednesday. I was 24 at the time. It was the darkest time of my life. I know from experience that tough times are ahead for you. As a youth and family miinister I’ve dealt with grief in many ways and with many people. Your inner courage will be a great help to you in the times ahead. After the lights dim and the world moves on you may feel alone and forgotten but know that you’re not. During your medal winning performance I prayed for you and your mother like at no other time and will continue to keep you in my prayers in the months ahead and I’ll drop a note here from time to time to remind you.

    All the best!

    Comment by Bob — 1 March 2010 @ 10:04

  1467. Dearest joannie….you have my deepest sympathy with the loss of your mother. My heart was with you during your time at the olympics. Your performance was awesome and to me, i think, you deserved better then broze but none the less, we are proud of you. Im sure it wasnt easy but you persevered though it and accomplished alot. You have shown the world what it means to be a REAL CANADIAN. Good luck in the future Joannie, our hearts are with you and your family.

    Comment by john barker — 1 March 2010 @ 10:04

  1468. Just want to express my admiration of your performances, winning the Bronze was great, you had tough competition . . . .My thoughts are with you with the loss of your Mom . . . .. God bless, CANADA loves and supports you . . . . .Yay Quebec ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    Comment by Richard MacCaul — 1 March 2010 @ 10:30

  1469. Dear Joannie,

    Thank you for your bravery. For, your example of courage, and determination has served to help me in my own situation. I am an academic, and like an athlete, I must concentrate, focus and be in “the zone” to perform, this, despite major life injuries. Your dedication, channeling of your energies and your capacity to deal with these emotions in the most outstanding manner are exemplary and awe inspiring. You are a model of what humanity can achieve despite tragedy, without denying it and while still acknowledging it, and I can only suspect, deeply grieving it.

    Thank you. May all the love the nation feels for you help you in this tremendous time of hardship.

    Comment by Julie — 1 March 2010 @ 10:30

  1470. Dear Joannie,

    Thank you for your bravery. For, your example of courage, and determination has served to help me in my own situation. I am an academic, and like an athlete, I must concentrate, focus and be in “the zone” to perform, this, despite major life injuries. Your dedication, channeling of your energies and your capacity to deal with these emotions in the most outstanding manner are exemplary and awe inspiring. You are a model of what humanity can achieve despite tragedy, without denying it and while still acknowledging it, and I can only suspect, deeply grieving it.

    Thank you. May all the love the nation feels for you help you in this tremendous time of hardship.
    Julie

    Comment by Julie — 1 March 2010 @ 10:31

  1471. May the prayers as far away as Texas be with you during your times of great sorrow, but rest assured that your still your mothers sweetheart and she will be watching you as you continue to inspire us all. What a wonderful feat to medal when all of your tragedy was trying to hold you down. May our God continue to Bless you and your father. Americans Love You!
    J D Hall
    Montgomery Texas

    Comment by J D Hall — 1 March 2010 @ 10:40

  1472. Dear Joannie! Sorry I heard about this tragedy in your family yesterday. You have strong heart! Your skating was the best for any people who watch and support you! Joannie, we love you, we support you, you are the best Olympic Hero! Camilla from Kazakhstan!

    Comment by Camilla — 1 March 2010 @ 10:44

  1473. Joannie, you are my heroine! One of the commentators lauded your grace – how true. How you controlled your emotions was something amazing to see. More control would have appeared heartless, less would have appeared weak. I know it wasn’t an act, you simply showed what you are made of. I was wishing very hard that you would win a medal, and thrilled when you did! No one deserved it more.

    When I was about your age, I was serving with the US Navy in Vietnam. Due to take my R&R in one week, and go home for good in one month, the Red Cross notified my command that my father had died of a heart attack. All plans were cancelled, I packed my belongings and flew home immediately. The airplane was packed with jubilant soldiers celebrating going home from hell. I was happy to be coming home, but… And the flight was so terribly long, so much time to think about what was happening.

    It may have been somewhat similar for you, except you had so many dear friends and your dad to support you. I’m very grateful you had that.

    Please relay to your dad how much we respect his staying with you and watching your wonderful short program!

    Congratulations and best wishes.

    Jim & Joanna Macaulay
    Ridge, Maryland

    Comment by Jim Macaulay — 1 March 2010 @ 10:46

  1474. Hi my name is Fehime Aykut and im 7 years old. Im in gr.2 at Roxborough park school in the City of Hamilton and in the province of Ontario. Im so sorry that your mom died because i had a baby sister that died so i want her back but every one has a time. Thank you for winning the bronze medal. Im happy that you didnt give up on the Olympics.

    Comment by fehime aykut roxborough park school hamilton ontario — 1 March 2010 @ 11:10

  1475. Dear Joannie rochette;Hi my name is Dylan Fearnley and i’m 7 years old and i’m in gr.2 at roxborough park school Hamilton;Ontario. I’m sorry you lost your mom I heard she had a hart attack and died.Thank you for winning the bronze medel;and still competed i wish i was there to help you for carrieing the flag for the hard work.

    Comment by Dylan Fearnley — 1 March 2010 @ 11:12

  1476. Salut Joannie!

    Si tu savais combien tu es une héro nationale pour nous! Plus nous parlons au gens de notre entourage, plus nous en sommes convaincus. Tout le Québec est resté debout mardi soir pour t’encourager… personne ne pouvais manquer ca, on savait que tu nous en mettrais plein la vue!

    On te souhaite bon courage pour la suite!

    Simon et Marie

    Comment by Marie et Simon — 1 March 2010 @ 11:22

  1477. I felt so bad for you when I heard the news of your Mother’s passing. I think you are very strong and I am so glad you continued to skate because you worked so hard for it and I am PROUD of you medal or no medal WE LOVE YOU!

    Comment by Kevin Leal — 1 March 2010 @ 11:24

  1478. I Do Believe

    There is nothing I can do,
    to make her come back
    there are no words I can say,
    that can replace the words you long to hear
    There are no answer’s I can give,
    that will satisfy your questions
    There is not another soul I can introduce you to that will ever replace her and, there is no love I can offer that will ever replace the love you shared
    I can not promise your broken heart will ever be complete
    I will not say it could have been worse
    I will not deny it was a tragedy
    I will not lie and tell you She will come back
    She never really left
    I do promise She hears you when you speak
    I will say She loves you no matter the distance
    I will not deny She is in a better place
    And, I will not lie; She is waiting to greet you someday
    She is every step you take
    She is in everything you do
    She is the air you breathe
    She is every beat of your heart
    ” She is like the wind. You cannot see her…but you will always feel her”

    Comment by ELsie Webb — 1 March 2010 @ 11:24

  1479. Dear Joannie,

    You have touched the hearts and souls of many people around the world. Your strength, courage and determination left us in awe. As we watched you skate your short program, our hearts were heavy and tears ran down our faces but you kept it together. We are so very proud of you and know that you will continue on this journey with the love and support of your family and friends and with your mother (your special angel) watching over you. God bless you and your papa!

    Mes pensés sont avec toi et ta famille….

    Comment by Margie — 1 March 2010 @ 11:31

  1480. Joannie,

    I just wanted to write a message telling you how brave I think you are and how I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care,

    Karen

    Comment by Karen Rivera — 1 March 2010 @ 11:31

  1481. our loving joannie,
    Our Congratulations Joannie, I know you represented Canada with a heavy heart. We all watched you with lumps in our throats. I know now you have to deal with your loving mom’s funeral. Be strong my dear. I lost my loving mom 2 years ago and it is tough, especially knowing that you will never see her again. But you fulfill your mom’s dream. You made her proud. She will watch you from heaven. Our deepest sympathy. We are so very proud of you. You are a remarkable young women Our Congratulations Joannie, on your Bronze Medal! Well done. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love
    Lucky Jayalathge & Family- Niagara falls, Canada

    Comment by Lucky Jayalathge, Niagara Falls, Canada — 1 March 2010 @ 11:34

  1482. You are a blessed Girl; so amazing.
    God be with you.

    Comment by Laurette — 1 March 2010 @ 11:35

  1483. Joannie, know that not only Canadians but British immigrants cried with you and cheered like crazy when you performed so wonderfully! Know that we ALL love you to bits!

    Go girl!

    Linda

    Comment by Linda — 1 March 2010 @ 11:39

  1484. Call me emotional, but your story brought tears to my eyes. You may not realize what you have done, and why you have inspired so many, but the truth is, you have. Many people have lost that one person so close to us and we don’t know what to do. You did what you love to do and Canada appreciates you and loves and is touched by you for it. You brought us a bronze medal when we didn’t expect you to even skate. To be able to pull that off with what you were going through is remarkable and inspiring.

    best of wishes.
    Love Canada :)

    Comment by Manda — 1 March 2010 @ 11:53

  1485. Hi I call Edson I am of Brazil.
    Beyond being a very pretty woman you if it demonstrated very strong also.
    Its presentation was the moment prettiest of these games, twisted very for you, congratulations for the medal and congratulations for its great attitude you desire force not to follow in front.
    A great kiss for you and it is with God!

    Comment by Edson S. Vidal — 1 March 2010 @ 11:54

  1486. I am so sorry for your loss. You were extraordinary and graceful. My thoughts and prayers are with you in the coming weeks. You are one of my favorite skaters.

    Comment by Sarah — 1 March 2010 @ 12:03

  1487. Daer Joannie,
    My deepest sympathy and condolences during this time. I lost my Mom years ago. She will ALWAYS be will you. Close your eyes…..Feel her in your heart…
    Congratulations on the Bronze. VERY well done!
    However, what you just accomplished is so much more than a medal! The admiration by the MILLIONS, of who you are, not just as an Olympian. Amazing.

    Comment by Roberta — 1 March 2010 @ 12:09

  1488. Dear Joannie, First, I would like to say, I am SO sorry for your loss. Second, your performance was fantastic and I am sure you did that for you mum. I am a proud Canadian and I am so proud of you cheri. Both your programs were magical and I am sure you did that for your mum.

    God bless you, you are a beautiful girl and Bon Chance.

    Richard Shuttleworth – Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Richard Shuttleworth — 1 March 2010 @ 12:22

  1489. Dear Joannie

    It was a pleasure to meet you even though it was not in person but rather on TV. My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.
    You are a strong. brave, and beautiful woman that showed not only Canada but the whole world what one can achieve even under devastating personal grieve.
    You my dear are a GOLD Medal winner in my heart, but a medal cannot judge what life can throw at you.
    It is good that the press gave you space as they can be very ruthless for getting a story.
    I hope given everything that happened in your life recently that you did enjoy Vancouver and our citizens.
    God Bless, take care, will be watching for you in 2014!

    YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURSELF BECAUSE WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

    (my attempt on french) Bon Chance madamoiselle!!!!

    Comment by Jim. Vancouver B.C. — 1 March 2010 @ 12:45

  1490. Dear Joannie,

    First of all, I wish to give you my condolences on the loss of your mother. I could see just how much you loved her, and how much she meant to you, just by watching your skating programs during the Olympics. Your programs were so inspiring and courageous.

    I know that your mother is looking down from Heaven at you, she saw your performances, ad I have no doubt that she’s more proud of you than she has even been.

    I have been watching figure skating since I was a young boy (I’m 42 now), and I have never seensuch an emptional performance with so much courage, bravery, and inspiration as you performance in the Olympics this year. And for that matter I’ve never seen that kind of performance in any sports I have ever seen!

    You’re an amazing skater and athlete, and more important you’re an incredible person! I so much look forward to watching your future performances on the ice. I will always be cheering for you most!

    Before I even knew about what happened to your mother, I was wishing for you to win the Olympic gold medal!But I’m so proud of you that you did win the bronze. I could not be more proud! Joannie, this year in the Olympics, you not only won your brlonze medal, but you won the heart of the world!

    Now it might surprise you that I’m not even from Canada, I live in Colorado, USA. But I am a big fan of yours, and I always will be! You are so amazing, so inspiring, and although I live here in the USA, you are my biggest hero!

    Sincerely, Shawn Phares – Denver Colorado

    Comment by Shawn Phares — 1 March 2010 @ 13:25

  1491. you are a great inspiration to people. you are so beautiful

    Comment by dakota — 1 March 2010 @ 13:26

  1492. I would like to let you know that you are truly an inspiration.

    My daughter Lucy is in grade 4 and at the beginning of February chose you as the subject of her Olympic project. We were all crushed when we heard that you lost your mother, but my daughter understood that she was going to remain in your heart forever.
    Over the last 18 months we have lost my father, my uncle and my grandmother, so Lucy is unfortunately, well versed in the subject of grief.
    We shed tears watching you skate and raised our arms in Victory when you triumphantly won the bronze medal.
    Congratulations and we wish you strength and courage in the days ahead. Best best regards to your family and friends at this sorrowful time.

    Stephanie and Lucy Sherlock

    ps. she did a beautiful job on her project, and it even included a sculpture!

    Comment by Stephanie — 1 March 2010 @ 13:45

  1493. J’aimerais vous donne mais condoléance pour la perte de votre mère. Moi et ma famille avons regardé votre performance aux jeux olympique et nous étions tousse ému. Aucun mots peu soulevais la peine que tu vie. Votre performance and votre courage a fait de gros changement dans la vie de une de mais amie. Vous être une vrais inspiration pour tout les jeunes filles and femme dans se paye. Encore une fois mes condoléance pour votre perte. Ne lâche pas. Nos pensé son avec vous.

    Comment by Roxanne — 1 March 2010 @ 13:49

  1494. Several days after watching you perform with such poise after sad news, I’m watching the video of your Bronze medal performance and am just in awe of your strength. Your neighbors here in the US wish you well in the future. Keeping you and your family in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.

    Malcolm Jones
    Texas, USA

    Comment by Malcolm Jones — 1 March 2010 @ 14:09

  1495. Joannie – thank you for the beauty and strength you have shown this wonderful country of ours, and to the world.
    On behalf my family to yours, best wishes always

    Comment by Wanda Tomiyama — 1 March 2010 @ 14:17

  1496. Dear Joannie, I wish you loads of courage and strength during ths difficult time! You are really a very brave women by continuing on the Olympic Games! I know your mom would be so proud! You are a beautiful skater and please keep on doing so! I hope all the best for you and your career!

    You still have a difficult period ahead of you, but your mom will always be there in your heart. And when you have a bad practice, think at what your mom would say!

    You and your family are in our thoughts!!

    Comment by Christel Verheyen — 1 March 2010 @ 14:31

  1497. Dear Joannie,

    I love you! You are awsome!

    Thank you for stopped and pictured with me on 23. Feb. 2010 at Olympics Athelets’ Villiage.I hope you still remember me. I am so proud of you. I am a little figure skater, I am six year old. I dream to be you someday. I will work hard for my dream!

    Love,
    Phoebe, Vancouver BC

    Comment by Phoebe Yan (6yr) — 1 March 2010 @ 15:04

  1498. Dear Joannie,
    you should be so proud of youself for the courage and bravery you showed during your performance.I watched with tears in my eyes while you held it together,there will be tears in heaven Joannie, your mother would have been so proud of you. I wish you and your father all the very best in this differcult time Joannie…we all love you
    ..kev..xxx

    Comment by Kev — 1 March 2010 @ 15:13

  1499. u did really great at the winter olympics! thanks a lot. i am SO sorry about your mother, it must be so hard to go and do something of that magnitude after a loss like that.

    Comment by Dave — 1 March 2010 @ 15:14

  1500. Bonjour chere Joannie j’admire ton courage et ta determination ,je sympatise avec toi pour la perte de ta mere ,ne lache jamais et de plus tu est notre fierte quebecoise bonne chance dans tout ce que tu entreprendra

    Comment by roger de gatineau — 1 March 2010 @ 15:39

  1501. Joannie, I just want to let you know what an inspiration you are to me and the rest of the world through this difficult time of loosing your mother. To continue with your performances and go on to win bronze at this sad time truly shows your dedication to the sport and Canada. I know your mom was with you every step of the way and I believe she is wearing a huge smile. I wish you all the very best in your future career…..Love & Prayers to you and your family.

    Comment by Val - Saskatoon, SK Canada — 1 March 2010 @ 15:54

  1502. My deepest sympathies to you and your family! I’m sure your mom was watching you and was very proud of your skating at the Olympics! You have touched the hearts of many people from around the world! May your hopes and dreams continue to guide you through the tough times!

    Comment by Sergio Rivera — 1 March 2010 @ 16:03

  1503. Joannie,

    you are such an inspiration to so many Canadians and to the world, to Continue on through everything that you did is truely amazing. When i heard people talk about figure skating it used to be about Kurt Browning, Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, Nancy Kerrigan, Kristi yamaguchi, well now it’s your time Joannie. No one will ever forget how much heart you put into your work, keep it up and hope to see you continue your beautiful art and talent. May the Ice be your Canvas and may your heart grow stronger each and every day, Best wishes to what ever the future may bring you,

    Rod Robertson
    Halifax NS

    Comment by Roderick Robertson — 1 March 2010 @ 16:03

  1504. Dear Joannie Rochette,
    I’m so sorry about how your mother passed away:(…i knew you wouldnt let your mom down…your mom is so lucky to have you as a child…:) You was so GREAT and BRAVE at the olympics. I dont think there wouldnt be anyone that doesnt like YOU!!! When i saw you getting a medal i was screaming so badly….it felt so…i dont know….I hope you get to go to the next winter olympics and bring a GOLD for CANADA i’ll be cheering you ON! YOU ROCK BETTER THAN A KING!!

    Comment by Iris — 1 March 2010 @ 16:08

  1505. Dear Joannie Rochette,

    you are so strong. At school we had to pick an Olympian for our project that inspired us. I picked you, because you you made me believe that nothing can stop me if i believe and know i can do it.

    I play soccer and i hurt my knee a lot. I have 2 knee syndromes, i dislocated my knee, i snapped my knee more than 4 times, and i teared it. One doctor told me that i couldn’t play soccer anymore. i started to cry in the doctors office, because i love soccer and when i grow up i want to be a professional soccer player playing for Canadian women’s soccer team. When the doctor told me that it felt like everything i ever worked for my whole life, just exploded with one sentence. Then i went to so many other doctors,because i wanted to get more opinions on what to do. All of the other doctors said to take a week or two off. So i tried, but didn’t succed. I didn’t go to any of my practices, but then when my game came up, i couldn’t resist. i wanted to go so bad, just like how badly you wanted to do your best performance for your mom. Then when i went to my game, i hurt my knee even more.

    My knee still hurts 3 years later (now), but i don’t really like to tell any 1 that, other wise my parents will take me out of soccer for a while, and I’m scared of going to the doctor, because they might tell me that i can’t play anymore.

    You inspired me to keep going and not to chase my dream, but to catch it. And you taught me that there will be times were you feel like you can’t do it, but you really can, if you set your mind to it.

    Thanks

    Comment by Gurleen — 1 March 2010 @ 16:17

  1506. The highlight of the Olympics. An inspiring performance from an inspiring woman. Your life has just begun. You have the love and support of the whole world because of your beauty, grace and strength. May God bless you and yours with many more happy moments. I’ll be watching figure skating a little closer now to cheer for you.

    Comment by Dave Nabi — 1 March 2010 @ 16:21

  1507. You captivated the world with your skating and your strength during this very difficult time.

    You and your family touched us all and you will never be forgotten.

    Maybe your Mom was not there physically, but she was there spiritually.

    She must be so proud of how strong her daughter and what a great skater she is. Congratulations on your medal!!

    Debbie

    Comment by Debbie Gee — 1 March 2010 @ 16:25

  1508. EXtraordinaire !!!! God Bless You !

    Comment by Richard — 1 March 2010 @ 16:30

  1509. Dear Joannie,
    My heart goes out to you at this very difficult time. May you find peace in knowing that your Mother was with you throughout the Olympics and will always be without you for the rest of your life. You will feel her there!
    I lost my Father two years ago the very same way. How you went through with everything amazed me! I remember being so weak and in shock- just going through the motions. The strength and courage you showed time and time again throughout the games made me respect you even though I never even knew who you were.Then to perform the way you did and even take home a medal, you are truly an inspiration!
    I know that the weeks ahead, going home, getting back into your regular life will be extremely difficult. Hang in there, let yourself grieve now and most importantly have FAITH. Prayer helped through my most difficult times. You will remain in my heart and in my prayers.
    Sincerely, Leslie

    Comment by Leslie - Rhode Island, United States — 1 March 2010 @ 16:37

  1510. Dear Miss Rochette,

    The fact that you continued to perform in the Olympics even after the death of someone so close to you revealed an inner stamina few people possess. As I commented on my Facebook page, you were no doubt under significantly more stress than anyone else at the Olympics and yet you managed to skate well enough to earn a medal. I offer you my heartfelt congratulations on a job well done. Furthermore I was extremely proud of Team Canada for choosing you to be its flag bearer at the closing ceremony. This decision revealed their recognition of your tremendous accomplishment as well as their compassion for a fellow athlete. It revealed that Team Canada had not lost its recognition that winning Gold does not necessarily reveal the mark of a great athlete.

    Naturally I have no idea as to the type of personality you posess. Personally when I lose a friend or relative I bury myself in my work. Fortunately I work from home so I can work all night in order to put off the inevitable. Eventually the time comes when I no longer have the strength to not deal with the occurrence. This is when I hit rock bottom. Assuming that you have the same personality I shall continue to keep you in my prayers for at least two weeks, as well as your father. I wish I could do more…

    Comment by Martin von Dehn — 1 March 2010 @ 16:54

  1511. Hi Joannie Rochette!

    I’m a grade 8 student and I chose you as an olympic athlete to research. I realized during this project that you are a very inspirational woman and I’m sure many girls consider you a role model, I know I do! I just want to let you know that you did amazing at Vancouver 2010, especially with you going through tough times, I would not be able to handle that but you can AND you got bronze!! Best of Luck in your future and I’m sure your mom right now is very proud of you!

    Comment by Dana — 1 March 2010 @ 17:27

  1512. It was wonderful to see you carry the Canadian flag with that always beautiful smile.

    Comment by Keith Daruwalla — 1 March 2010 @ 17:29

  1513. Joannie, your courage, your talent and skill, and the radiant beauty of your soul, lit up these Olympics. When you skated in competition, I hope you felt the love of a nation, lifting you and caring for you. You are a wonderful performer and a very special young woman — and you defined these Games, for me at least. I wish you only the best in your life and in your skating career to come. I’ll be here cheering you on!

    Comment by A Calgarian — 1 March 2010 @ 18:09

  1514. I wish you all the best!!!!! you are so pretty and very talented :)

    Comment by joel theodore scott — 1 March 2010 @ 18:10

  1515. Mere words cannot express how proud we are of you. The spotlight that was shone on you these past two weeks only reflects the beauty of the star that is Joannie Rochette.

    Kevin & Judy Sellars
    Brampton, Ontario

    Comment by Kevin and Judy Sellars — 1 March 2010 @ 18:57

  1516. Dear Joannie

    It is with great pride that I write this letter. I am a former figure skater (25 years) and level one skating coach. Your story was the highlight of the 2010 Olympics.

    Your performances brought tears to my eyes each time. You were so strong and so fearless. Your dedication to your sport and your mother’s love led you to the podium.

    You have made me a proud Canadian and figure skater. I would give anything to have the Olympic experience, you are very lucky and have made Canada so proud.

    All the best to you and your father. You’re mother would be so proud of your accomplishment this past week. Congratulations on making dreams come true.

    Can’t wait to see you at Stars on Ice this year, I hope you are still planning to skate.

    Lots of Love
    Amie Trinder
    Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Amie — 1 March 2010 @ 18:58

  1517. Dearest Joannie,
    My sincere condolence for the loss of your mother, I personally did not know you before the 2010 Olympics, I had only heard about you. Your story has touched me very much. In my heart no one in the world expected you to continue your presence at these Olympics, but the courage you have demonstrated us during this difficult period is inspiring. I want to congratulate you for your courage to perform. For me, you have become the sweetheart of these Olympics, with or without a medal. I am 44 years old and for me you are the biggest champion I have followed in my life. Your simplicity, your smile and your diplomacy and your calm is unique. I wish a good trip home and I wish you all you desire.
    Good luck, we love you, You are a beautiful person.
    Ugo, Montreal

    Comment by Ugo Alacchi — 1 March 2010 @ 19:20

  1518. Dear Joannie,
    I was, am and always will be a huge fan of yours! You have inspired me, not only with your bravery and courage recently, but with the way you skate. With passion and elegance. I watched all of your performances at the olympic games and you were absolutely stunning! Your performance left me breathless and I was sooo happy that you decided to continue after the tragic loss of you mother.

    I can’t even imagine what it must of felt like for you, but I’d just like to let you know that I prayed for you and your family.

    Congratulations on your bronze medal! You have inspired so many young girls like myself, and taught them to never give up, because God is watching over you.

    A few months ago I did my french project on you. I got an A! We were supposed to do the project on a Canadian who has inspired us. Thank-you for representing our beautiful country! You represented us with pride! The way we Canadians are, Proud!

    With Love,
    Samantha Kati
    Age:13
    Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    Comment by Samantha Kati — 1 March 2010 @ 19:25

  1519. love your work.

    Comment by kachi — 1 March 2010 @ 19:49

  1520. Dear Joannie:
    I am so sorry about your mom. Though you lost your dearest friend, you have gained millions of moms with your courage, determination and self control. You are very admired and speaking for all the mothers in Canada, I know that your mother would be so very, very proud of you. You are a special young woman and I wish you all the love and joy that you deserve in this life. Your courage reminds me of Jackie Kennedy/onasis.
    Good Luck and God Bless you.

    Comment by Wendy Cooper — 1 March 2010 @ 19:53

  1521. Joannie, I have watched you skate out of the shadow of Jennifer Robinson and into the truly amazing athlete and person that you are today. You have captured the hearts of even the most cynical of sports commentators & viewers and without a doubt of your loyal fans and all of Canada. We are so, so proud of you and wish you peace and comfort during these difficult days.

    Thought you might enjoy this quote from ESPN which echo many similar articles in the international and Canadian press.

    Our top moments from the Games: (ESPN) Not sure I ever have or ever will see anything quite this brave in a sporting arena. Who could have been more alone on the ice than this beautiful young figure skater who’d lost her mother less than three days before? It showed once again that elite athletes are not wired like the rest of us. Rochette was able to perform because of her training and discipline, but she was far from numb, and her emotion enhanced her skating rather than undermining it. When she first spoke publicly after winning the bronze medal, Rochette showed humor, grace, intelligence and perspective. She was obviously raised right.

    Comment by Dianne — 1 March 2010 @ 19:58

  1522. Dear Joannie,
    Even though I’m in grade seven and may not know a lot of french I’d like to say : “Bonjour! Joannie vous êtes mon inspiration et un modèle pour moi. Le merci, le Merci et le merci Joannie pour patiner sur pour le Canada et pour tout le reste. Je fais un projet sur les héros et à moi, vous êtes MON héros, le héros du CANADA. We/I vous aiment Joannie. Désolé de ce qui vous est arrivé la maman, mais, être heureux. Et la façon que vous avez patinée avec la détermination, le courage et la passion, m’a montré que la vie ne s’éteint pas simplement avec un événement tragique. Soyez donc vrai pour vous et le rêve. Merci Joannie. Je Vous aime!”
    Thank you so much for being an inspiration and going out there and skating your soul out even though you had all that emotional stress on you. You truly made Canada proud, and made us Canadians PROUD to be Canadians. I truly thought you should have won gold, for being determined, courageous, and a HUGE inspiration to us/me.
    Joannie you skated he best in my view and a lot of Canadians views. You truly are a role model, and a person who enlightened us with more of the Canadian spirit!
    Joannie your my role model, and an huge inspiration thank you so much! And I’m very sorry about what happened to your dear mother, but skate on, and live on.
    -Harjas

    Comment by Harjas Grewal — 1 March 2010 @ 20:17

  1523. Bonjour Joannie! I’ve been following your skating since I was a little girl. I grew up as a promising figure skater in the boonies of Ontario, admiring you, Jennifer Robinson, and Brian Orser as my good old Canadian Idols. I actually got to meet and get an autograph from those other two at one point.

    After all that’s happened I wasn’t sure how the Olympics was going to go for you. But me and my family were glued to every program you skated, and I was so blown away by how much strength, purpose, and expression you held throughout the whole thing. No matter what they say about the importance of crazy jumps, you had such a leg up on all the skinny Asian girls :) . (Don’t worry, I’m just being silly).

    I went through a lot of emotional issues myself as a child, and after enough years, they put an end to my skating career. I was only twelve, but I remember to this day what every move, spin, and jump felt like for my body. I couldn’t overcome the obstacles in my life, but you are. You are such an inspiration, as someone who isn’t afraid to show emotion, or be so determined again and again in what you truly have passion for. I cried after your gala performance. Please, remember how strong and beautiful you are. You are so free of the superficial masks celebrities so often place on themselves. I will never forget your Olympic Performances. Even though the medal says bronze, I personally think you won.

    I hope your family is ok. I’m accompanying this letter with good wishes and hope for the future. Hang in there.

    Love, Billie <3

    Comment by Billie Trahan — 1 March 2010 @ 20:37

  1524. Dear Joannie ,
    I am nine years old and I live in Vancouver.You are a great inspiration for all of us.We are all so proud of you for skating so well and for winning your medal , you must be veary proud too.You would have made your mom also so proud.
    Hope to see you in 2014 skating in Russia!!!
    Love Joanna

    Comment by joanna joannou — 1 March 2010 @ 20:46

  1525. Dear Joannie,
    Even though I maybe just in grade seven I know a bit of french and I would like to say: “Bonjour! Joannie vous êtes mon inspiration et un modèle pour moi. Le merci, le Merci et le merci Joannie pour patiner sur pour le Canada et pour tout le reste. Je fais un projet sur les héros et à moi, vous êtes MON héros, le héros du CANADA. We/I vous aiment Joannie. Désolé de ce qui vous est arrivé la maman, mais, être heureux. Et la façon que vous avez patinée avec la détermination, le courage et la passion, m’a montré que la vie ne s’éteint pas simplement avec un événement tragique. Soyez donc vrai pour vous et le rêve. Merci Joannie. Je Vous aime!”
    Thank you, just overall for being a role model, and for skating on. We Canadians, got our SOULS lifted after the determination and the strength you showed us ALL. I learned from you that no matter what happens, keep dreaming and go on.
    Thank you Joannie! We/I LOVE YOU!
    -Harjas
    Canada, Ontario

    Comment by Harjas Grewal — 1 March 2010 @ 21:06

  1526. Dear Joannie,
    I am really sorry for your loss. I saw both of your programs and you were amazing :). On tuesday, when you started crying I cried so much. You were really brave and I admire you a lot. I want to thank you because you have changed my life. I came to Canada less than a year a go, I had to leave my country, family and friends and I was really sad. You have taught me that I can be brave any time I want and its really helping me a lot.
    Your mom would be very proud of you and she will always be there for you. And you should be very proud of yourself for everything you have done. You have touched everybody’s heart and we will always love you and cheer for you. Your dance in the gala was beatiful, she probably loved it too. I have been praying for you and your mom ;)
    I will go watch you on Stars on Ice when you cone to Toronto :D
    Good luck on Turin, you are the best ;)
    A big hug,
    Pilar, 14 years

    Comment by Pilar — 1 March 2010 @ 21:53

  1527. Dear Joannie – as I and the world marveled at your professional Olympic performance the reality of your life is now in front of you.

    Personal loss is a definitive hallmark in anyone’s life; may the love of your sport be a comfort and strength. Be assured that anyone you love will never leave you in thoughts and memories; this I know from expereince. Decades will pass and your love for your Mother will become a warm place to return to time and time again.

    fondest thoughts and continued success in your career -
    Louise Cater
    Port Moody, BC

    Comment by Louise Cater — 1 March 2010 @ 22:08

  1528. Dear Joannie:

    I am a 14 year old who is attending a small school in stirling, alberta and when i heard your story on the olympics and saw you perform you made me cry! Your story warmed my heart! You are one of the greatest influences to me and to many many others!!!!!!

    Love, Jaycie

    Comment by Jaycie — 1 March 2010 @ 22:54

  1529. Dear Joannie,

    My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I held my breath during your short program, I cried with the rest of Canada when you finished and again I held my breath during the long. You make Canada proud. Thanks for being so brave.

    I have watched you skate for a long time, and I’ve enjoyed seeing you at Stars on Ice. You are a graceful and wonderful skater. I wish I could do what you do on that ice.

    Melissa Taylor
    Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Comment by Melissa — 1 March 2010 @ 22:55

  1530. Having lost my father last year,I can just offer what was said to me at the time…..The duty of the living is to stay strong to care for the memory of our lost one.
    Thank you for what you did for us as a country,thank you for the way you showed us that courage ,love and faith leads us to a deeper understanding and respect for ourselves.
    Mommy would be proud,watch it show in Dads face….and enjoy that gift you gave to them and to us.
    Stay strong,live your life in her memory.
    Robert& Trudy (Montreal)
    xxx

    Comment by Robert & Trudy — 1 March 2010 @ 23:17

  1531. Dear Joannie

    Bonjour. Je m’appelle Elisa. J’habite dans un petit village en Colombie Britannique qui s’appelle Nelson et j’ai 7 ans. Je vais dans une petite ecole francophone car ma mere vient du Quebec aussi, Je t’ai choisi comme athlete pour mon concours oratoire avant le debut des Olympiques. J’ai donc suivi toutes tes performances. Je t’ai trouve tres brave. Je pense que tu es une gentil fillle.Je comprends que tu etais tres triste et j’ai beaucoup pense a toi. Je n’ai jpas souvent fait de patinage artisque mais apres t’avoir vu j’aimerais en faire plus souvent. Pour l’instant je fais de la gymnastique et du ski.

    Je voulais te feliciter personnellement pour ta medaille de bronze, tu etais magnifique.
    Grosse bise,
    Elisa

    Comment by elisa clark — 1 March 2010 @ 23:32

  1532. Joannie, you are really an inspiration.
    You are so brave. I never would have been able to do what you did.
    When I watched you win that medal, I was so proud of you!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    Comment by Olivia — 1 March 2010 @ 23:49

  1533. Chere Joannie,
    Je demeure aux Etats-Unis depuis 27 and et je suis quebecoise. Ton courage est vraiment immense mais j’avoue que la fierte que tu m’as redonne d’etre quebecoise est incroyable!! Grace a toi, je me souviens de ne jamais perdre ma fierte quebecoise. Merci Joannie et que le bon dieu te benisse!!

    Comment by Linda Robichaud Coton — 2 March 2010 @ 00:12

  1534. Your mom must have been some fine lady to have raised such a strong, confidant woman. God bless you, Joannie!

    Comment by Trish C. — 2 March 2010 @ 00:29

  1535. Dear Joannie,

    Your mother must have given you a powerful love and a great strength to succeed at the olympics

    Her beautiful memory will help you to carry on living even after your sudden, sad and shocking loss.

    I am so sad and I am so proud for you.

    Comment by Peter Akai (Edmonton) — 2 March 2010 @ 00:36

  1536. Hi Joannie,

    I am very sorry for your loss, it is so heartbreaking to loose someone so close and special. You inspired our country with your courage and dedication. You made us all proud.

    Ken

    Comment by Ken Knopp — 2 March 2010 @ 00:45

  1537. Hi Joannie,

    You are such an inspiration to our great nation and to anyone who was lucky enough to watch your courageous performance. You are so beautiful, inside an out. Condolences on your loss and congratulations on your medal winning performance in the face of such adversity. Your mother truly did an amzing job in raising you and I know she is smiling on you and so very proud of you. She will be with you always. I hope you can find a way to stay strong as you deal with your loss and I look forward to the day when I can watch you compete again. You know we’re all behind you.

    Mike

    Toronto

    Comment by Michael O'Connor — 2 March 2010 @ 00:50

  1538. Joannie,

    I can’t even imagine what you are going through. I lost my best friend this summer suddenly in a motorcycle accident and it still doesn’t feel real. To lose a Mom, a Mentor and a Best friend would be so hard. However I do know that remembering was what made it easier.

    I can’t even being to eplain the feeling I felt when they announced you were taking home a medal. What a day! You are such a brave person and such a HUGE inspiration in my life. Thank you!

    Comment by Michelle — 2 March 2010 @ 01:54

  1539. Dear Joannie,
    My Mum died on the same day as your Mum did. My Mum had battled breast cancer for 30 years and was a real inspiration to me. I hope that her strength will also be an inspiration to you too.

    Comment by Nick — 2 March 2010 @ 02:02

  1540. Joannie, My thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time. I hope that the best wishes of Canadians will be of some small help to you and your father. You are an inspiration to us all.

    Comment by Lisa Davis — 2 March 2010 @ 02:13

  1541. Dear Joannie,
    You wonderful, brave girl! Your Mom must certainly be watching you with pride. Now the games are over, take time to grieve and remember and always hold her in your heart. My prayers are with you and your Dad and keep on skating and doing the things that give you life and joy.
    You are a shining example for Canadians and we love you.
    A grandma who cares,
    Marie

    Comment by Marie — 2 March 2010 @ 03:46

  1542. Dear Joannie
    Congratulations on winning the bronze medal and you truly make us as Canadians proud. Your performance was truly an inspiration to all of us after all you have through and you still gave it your all. For that me and all the Canadians would like to thank you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I hope that you stay strong and may God give you peace in you and your family’s hearts. Best of luck in all your future competitions.

    Lot of love and God Bless
    Jacky Yuen, Vancouver BC

    Comment by Jacky — 2 March 2010 @ 04:05

  1543. Joannie…(I’m sorry I don’t speak French..but am learning again) I wanted to tell you how you personally touched me in these Winter Olympics. You showed courage and determination, and I know you’ve heard it all by now…all of Canada was there with you from the beginning. I watched your short program from our firehall in Ladysmith BC, and we cheered you on, all knowing the pain that you were going through. You are truly an ispiration to all Canadians and you will inspire people all across this great nation of ours. We will never forget these games. And we look forward to seeing you again. But now that the games are over…rest, relax, and reflect. All of Canada will be waiting for the next time you hit the ice. I never thought I would say that my hero is a 24 year old woman from Ile Dupas Que. But she is…thank youJoannie, for all you have done for us, (never even knowing that you did it)

    Cheers.

    Jay, (Ladysmith BC)

    Comment by Jason Rollans — 2 March 2010 @ 04:11

  1544. Dear Joannie, we have all been moved by your performance and struggle.

    A truly inspiring story, God bless you and your family, our warmest wishes go out to you

    Comment by søren — 2 March 2010 @ 08:21

  1545. Having a look at this message board, clearly, you’ve got so much support and so many people thinking of you at this time. Although I want to say well done on your medal, first off, I’ve got to say what an amazing inspiration you are!

    Having lost my father suddenly and knowing the unbelievable shock, I was massively moved by your performance and was willing you on and was amazed at your performance. Goose bumps writing this now and it was goose bumps watching you skate.

    Although I know from experience that the next few weeks/months will be so painful, I hope that you can take something from the inspiration you’ve shown to so many people, me included.

    Congratulations on your skating performance and congratulations on being you.

    Rich

    Comment by Rich — 2 March 2010 @ 09:07

  1546. You made me very proud to be Canadian!….Your courage is the stuff what legends are made from….

    Comment by Gino Mete — 2 March 2010 @ 10:13

  1547. Joannie,

    WOW! You were so inspiring at this Olympics!! I am sorry for your loss, but I do know God is near to the broken hearted. Your decision to skate after experiencing so much turmoil in your life tells me how dedicated and tenacious you are. Your skating was beautiful and your depth of character was evident in every move. I was cheering for you and holding my breath when you were doing your jumps. You are so beautiful :) You have touched my heart, Joannie. Bless you!

    Comment by Jamie McCartney — 2 March 2010 @ 10:30

  1548. dear Joannie Rochette;Hi my name is dylan fearnley and i’m 7 years old and i’m in gr.2 at roxborough park school Hamilton;ontario.I’m sorry you lost your mom. Thank you for winning the bronze medal;and still competed i wish i was there to help and i’m sorry for your loss thank you for carrying the flag for all the hard work you’ve done and didn’t give up figure skating

    Comment by Dylan Fearnley — 2 March 2010 @ 10:32

  1549. dear joannie rochette my name kyle basilio and i’m 7 years old at roxborough park school i’m in gr 2 in hamilton .m i felt sorry for your mom and you and your still in the olympics that’s good.end thank you for winning the bronze medal

    Comment by kyle basilio — 2 March 2010 @ 10:39

  1550. Joannie my deepest sympathies to you! Your performance on and off the ice were and are a testament to your devotion to your skating and your mom ‘s role in your life

    God Bless

    K

    Comment by K Jones — 2 March 2010 @ 11:17

  1551. As I am only a couple years younger than you and very close to my mum, I couldn’t help tearing up everytime I saw you. You did a remarkable job. The nation is proud and you should be very proud also. It does not matter that you received a medal, but what an amazing achievement. You are incredible. May you be blessed in your future endeavors with such an inspirational story and drive. God bless.

    Comment by Jessie Legaree — 2 March 2010 @ 11:29

  1552. salut Joannie,

    Je t’écris ce message pour te dire combien je t’aime et que je te trouve si courageuse de passer au travers de la mort de ta mère. J’ai présentement 10 ans, et l’an dernier, j’ai du passer au travers de quelque chose de boulversent, moi aussi. Cet évènement était lorsque j’ai appris que ma grand-mère maternelle avait le cancer du sein. Ce n’est peut-etre pas si tragique que toi mais, ce moment a changé ma vie.

    Je te souhaite de passer des beaux moments avec ta familles.

    -xxx- Ariane

    Comment by ariane dufour — 2 March 2010 @ 11:49

  1553. Joannie,
    Que l’on ai 20 ans ou 50,la perte d’une mère est le premier chagrin que l’on pleure sans elle.
    A travers notre vie ,on a tous un jour ou l’autre des moments difficiles a vivre,on ne comprend pas pourquoi mais la vie est ainsi faite.

    Du courage tu en as tu nous l’a démontrée,je te souhaite toute mes condoléances et que l’avenir t’apporte plein de belles choses.

    La vie continue ,le temps arrange les choses et t’aidera a continuer.

    Bon courage
    Rollande

    Comment by Rollande Morissette — 2 March 2010 @ 12:11

  1554. You are a true inspiration to everyone. — Live Strong!

    Comment by Julie — 2 March 2010 @ 12:32

  1555. Joannie, I am very sorry for your loss and wish you all the best. You had an amazing performance and are by far one of the most beautiful skaters I have ever watched.

    Comment by colin broemeling — 2 March 2010 @ 12:50

  1556. Joannie.

    Congratulations on winning the greatest medal in Canadian history. You are a true Canadian hero.

    I love you.
    Canada loves you.

    Comment by Chris Dion — 2 March 2010 @ 14:21

  1557. I think you are THE bravest most courageous person ever. I look up to you with all my heart and soul. Figure skating is not my thing, but, you show so much talent and perserverance. It’s amazing! Continue on, and show the people that you are the best. Lots of love to you and you father.

    Love;
    Zarii <3

    Comment by Zari — 2 March 2010 @ 14:46

  1558. Joannie,
    I was very moved by the courage and endurance you displayed to keep yourself going, despite the unexpected tragedy. It was very inspirational to see the poise and grace with which you handled the situation, your performance and the press. Although i’m sure you will always feel the 2010 Olympics were a bittersweet moment in your life, you should be very proud; and not just for your amazing medal performance, but for the showing you made as a person. It was truly heartwarming.
    I wish you and your family all the best, and congratulations on your medal.

    Comment by Andreas K — 2 March 2010 @ 15:21

  1559. NOW I know what I have been seeing for years…An amazing, courageous, and inspiring human being full of HEART and TRUTH. And you happen to be Canadian…there is no coincidence here!

    Thank you for generously sharing your talent on ice with us and for us, but most of all for YOURSELF AND YOUR MOM and all your dear ones.

    My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God for putting you and your mom on this earth.

    Thank you for being a HUGE INSPIRATION and a blessed one. BRAVO!!! How blessed we are to have you.

    Comment by Elsa — 2 March 2010 @ 15:56

  1560. Chère Joannie,

    Je tiens à te féliciter pour tes performances olympiques qui illustre le grand courage, la force et perséverance dont tu a fait preuve face à la perte de ta chère Maman…Elle en serait bien fière!!

    Par ta simple présence, tu as démontré une grâce et une force de caractère sans équivoque.

    Tu mérites bien cette médaille de courage “Terry Fox” ainsi que l’honneur de porter le drapeau canadien.

    En terminant, je t’offre mes sincères condoléances à toi et ton Cher Papa durant cette période si difficile.

    Bon Courage Cher Ange.

    Avec Amour;

    Nicole G. Brixhe – Toronto, ON

    Comment by Nicole G. Brixhe — 2 March 2010 @ 15:58

  1561. My own mother passed away a few days before yours, Joannie. Like you I am an only child and was very, very close to my mom. I was choked up watching you perform at the Olympics, knowing what loss you suffered. I cheered you on all the way. Congratulations and my deepest condolences, I understand what you are going through.

    Comment by Amanda — 2 March 2010 @ 16:00

  1562. I cannot say I am a figure skating fan but I must say I was so inspired by your strength and beauty especially the first night of skating I was put to tears. I can only imagine what your gut feels and felt like during those days. I lost a parent many years ago I can tell you that the pain never goes away but gets better in time. You should be very proud of yourself I know all of Canada is

    Comment by David — 2 March 2010 @ 16:31

  1563. Joannie,
    I feel I must add my voice to the chorus of condolences and congratulations. As you can see, you have inspired many people across Canada and around the world. What a blessing your example of courage and love has been to us.
    Of course, there will be many ups and downs in the days to come, especially when the attention dies down and you are able to get away from the bright lights and spend some time alone and with your dad at home. It will be hard but you will be OK, because you are never alone. Stick together with your family and trust in the God who loves you. May He be your comfort, your peace and your strength today and always. God bless you!

    Comment by Jeff — 2 March 2010 @ 16:33

  1564. Performance olympique qui a demandée une preformance humaine de courage et persévérance hors du commun.

    Maintenant tu doit faire face a ce que aucun entrainement ne prépare et tu doit le vivre en privé comme tu a demandé a ton arrivé.

    A chaques jour suffit ça peine et toi seul sait combien cela en prendra quand tu sera remis de tout ça ont sera la a attendre ce moemnt.

    Comment by Daniel Goyette — 2 March 2010 @ 16:43

  1565. Joannie, you were an inspiration during and after the olympics. You have the heart and spirit of a champion. With your courage and strength, you brought an entire country together.

    I was happy to see, that you were chosen to carry the canadian flag at the closing ceremonies. Your persaverance in these past few weeks, is what the games is all about, bringing all country’s all different cultures and ways of life together, and for 2 weeks making them all one big family.

    Bruce – Red Rock, ON

    Comment by Bruce — 2 March 2010 @ 16:50

  1566. My heart goes out to you and your family. Congratulations on your beautiful performance and your medal. You are an inspiration to everyone….not just athletes…..I lost my father suddenly when I was 28 and I fell apart….you are amazing and I just wanted you to know that while you were being so brave and beautiful….the whole nation was crying for you. Thank you Joannie, for helping us get our national pride out there for the world to see!!!!

    Comment by Angela Mudd — 2 March 2010 @ 17:01

  1567. I’ve watched you in the past few years and you have grown so much. The Olympics changed your life dramtically, and it also changed so many lives of your family, friends, supporters and fans that you have.
    I know you are under such a dark cloud now with losing your mom, but she is very proud of you, just as your dad and fans are.
    I hope in the days to come you will find peace and happiness.
    We are very proud of you Joannie earning the bronze medal and winning the Terry Fox award for bravery. You showed Canada what a true patriotic hero you are.
    I will be watching for you and wish you all the best. I will be thinking of you and your dad. Me being 51 is a real eye opener as to you just never know.
    Take care Joannie and Felicitations!!
    avec amour
    Linda T =)

    Comment by Linda Tyler — 2 March 2010 @ 17:22

  1568. Joannie, when I saw you step out on the ice after your mother passed, I cryed. You are my idol, why? Because you are a beautiful, strong, and talented women. When I get older I hope I’m just as wonderful as you.

    Thank youu && Exx Ohh’s
    l{atie Legacy

    Comment by Katie Legacy — 2 March 2010 @ 17:23

  1569. Dear Joannie Rochette:

    I think you did a wonderful when you ice skated even when you was going through a hard time I think you should have won gold me and my family send our condolences to you and your family me and family wish we could meet you in person you are such a wonderful person when you did the short program it was sad after you were done I had tears in my eyes because it was sad I am glad that you still skated even though it was hard for you that is what your mom would have wanted keep up the good work.

    Chris Nye and Family

    Comment by Chris Nye — 2 March 2010 @ 17:44

  1570. When I watched you win Junior Canadians many years ago, I knew I was watching someone who would become one of the best skaters…ever. Now the rest of the world knows it too. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Congratulations on a beautiful Olympic bronze medal.

    Comment by Adria Scarano — 2 March 2010 @ 18:07

  1571. Dear Joannie Rochette,

    Congrats on your bronze metal and my deepest apologies for your Mom and to your family. What you did, your courage, determination really brought out the best in everyone watching you on TV. Heck I’m a 6’6″ guy from Detroit, Michigan and I love sports, wasn’t into the whole figure skating thing but you definitely had my attention with your skating and your confidence. I recently lost a job, a girl, a dog to the this lousy economy but watching you and your Olympic moments really touched me inside as a person. It almost makes want to put skates on, although I don’t skate I am a big into bball and golf…lol…Good luck with everything and if your ever in the Detroit area, let me know…Good job :)

    Brad Chalupniczak

    Comment by Brad Chalupniczak — 2 March 2010 @ 18:21

  1572. Joannie,

    You showed so much courage at the Olympics! You deserved to win the bronze medal. I can’t say how beautiful and easy you made your last routine look. I’m sorry to hear about your mom, but she would be so proud of you. :) Congratulations on winning bronze! Hope to see you at the Sochi Olympics!

    Avec Amour,
    Georgia – Minnesota, USA

    Comment by Georgia (Minnesota, United States of America) — 2 March 2010 @ 18:31

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    i am your biggest fan.
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    Comment by Laura Little Your biggest fan — 2 March 2010 @ 18:35

  1574. Dear Joannie,
    congratulations for your best show in Vancouver, here in Brazil I rooted for you. You are so wonderfull … Best wishes

    Comment by Fábio — 2 March 2010 @ 18:40

  1575. Oh my god you are the bravest women i have ever seen and you are very talented i am really amazed!! i have done my olympic assignments on your performances and they were amazing !!!!!! i even stayed up late to see you preform and i am truly sorry for your mother truly ! but you competing for her behalf as well is great and brave of you =D i admire your hard work and your amazing talents i know probably everybody you know and dont know would say that but really joannie you are an amazing person that every canadian AND non canadians that live in canada love you!!!!!!!! i know i do and im not canadian- yet- YOU ARE AMAZING ! we here in ontario are crazy about figure skating and which got us especially me, really amazed by this is you !!!!!!! i know i am saying amazing quite a lot but u know im really not that great at language im just a 7th grader :P YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME ! WAY TO GO JOANNIE ROCHETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Go CANADA!

    Comment by Zain Al-Zeiq — 2 March 2010 @ 18:49

  1576. Joannie, you are truly an inspiration to everyone. The amount of strength and courage you demonstrated was just so moving. You made everyone in the world extremely proud, especially your mom. I wish you and your family all the best. You are an amazing person! Love, Lia

    Comment by Lia — 2 March 2010 @ 19:31