Rochette ponders that thought, and while so much time has passed, there are momentary encounters that bring it all back. Rochette chose to continue competing in her mother's honour. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, Rochette placed 5th. In the 2002–03 season, Rochette won the silver medal at the 2003 Canadian Championships. Rochette finds it easy to understand why fellow Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond, in the wake of winning a World title and two Olympic medals (ladies and team) in 2018, would walk away from the competitive side of skating at age 24 and glide into the touring life. I feel like I’m so far away from skating nowadays that when I watch it, it’s exciting and I’m happy to just be watching it.”, When asked if people in her new world of medicine know her history as an Olympic figure skater, Rochette laughed. “But the way things happened after Vancouver — there was my mother’s funeral and I didn’t go to Worlds. Now in her final year, Rochette submitted her application for the residency program in November and said “interviews take place in January and February and we get our answer in March.” McGill students are permitted to do an internship at a different university hospital in their graduating year and Rochette is now fulfilling that requirement at a local hospital in Montréal. Almost a decade has passed since that heart-breaking week at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, when Rochette lost her beloved mother, Thérèse, to a heart attack. “The first few years … the first cycle was hard. To many, she will always be remembered for what transpired in February 2010. [23][24] In September 2017, Rochette participated in a white coat ceremony at the start of her second year in the medical school. I’ve given a lot of speeches across the country with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, talking about it so I don’t get very emotional anymore. “I didn’t plan on stopping right away after Vancouver — I wanted to do one or two more seasons, maybe get a World title,” she recalled. Sometimes, you see patients with different pathologies that you have no idea about, and that’s quite stressful. I feel like they’re so good,” she said. She went on to place 5th at the World Junior Championships. “Just to be there working and see how people live was very interesting. 13 talking about this. She and Patrick Chan are the athlete ambassadors for this competition, and Rochette believes it will be “great for the city and, hopefully, for skaters and skating fans to discover Montréal.” She will also be the athlete ambassador at the 2020 Canadian Championships in January. I almost feel like someone else went through it, not me. I did Tessa and Scott’s show (the ‘Thank You Canada Tour’) in Québec City … it was cool to be back on the ice,and I got to do some of the group numbers. As it turned out, Rochette never competed again, moving on to a life of show skating and other off-ice pursuits such as skydiving. “But it’s interesting. Rochette won the bronze medal with 163.18 points, behind gold medallist Suzuki and silver medallist Kiira Korpi. However, the road to practicing in that field takes many more years and while Rochette said she loves cardiology she wants to start practicing medicine. You can do what you love and make money without the stress of competition. Nothing beats being at the Olympics. She is the 2010 Olympic bronze medallist, the 2009 World silver medallist, the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medallist, the 2004 Grand Prix Final bronze medallist, and a six-time (2005–10) Canadian national champion. Nothing beats being at the Olympics. I don’t want to do anything surgical.”. I have a lot of respect for people who do that for a living because it’s not easy. “Skating is a lot of muscle memory and sometimes my legs would be burning and my body would be tired, but my brain would not be as tired. At the 2004 Canadian Championships, Rochette won her second consecutive silver medal. A lot of people have come up to me and said things like, ‘Oh, when I watched you, I remembered when I lost my father.’ Or things like, ‘I was going through a hard time’ or ‘I was going through cancer.’ I feel like a lot of people identified with my story and related it to what they were going through. [18] She has also worked with World Vision. Skating brought her notoriety and public acclaim — in addition to her Olympic success, she claimed six Canadian titles and a World silver medal — along with memories that will stay with her for a lifetime. I started training again at one point for the Japan Open, and I wanted to do the Olympics again. Rochette was born January 13, 1986 in Montreal, Quebec. “It was part of my family medicine rural rotation. [12], She did not compete at the 2010 World Championships and later announced that she would not take part in the 2010–11 Grand Prix series. Rochette qualified for the 2009–10 Grand Prix Final. The Montréal native is thrilled the World Championships are coming to her hometown in March. Joannie Rochette (born January 13, 1986) is a Canadian retired figure skater. “But it’s been nine years and when I remind them, they say, ‘Oh, really, it’s been that long?’. She qualified for the 2004–05 Grand Prix Final, where she won the bronze medal. Skating gives you that big family and gives you friends on almost every continent. So you’re always on your guard. During the free skate, she placed first again, with 112.90 points. [2][3] In the 1999–2000 season, she won the 2000 Canadian Championships on the novice level. It took 7 years for her to complete the program, which could have been finished in two or three years under normal circumstances. One might think that cardiology would hold a particular interest for Rochette, given that heart disease was the underlying cause of her mother’s premature death. She placed 10th at the 2003 Skate Canada and 4th at the 2003 Cup of Russia. “I can’t really change that. She is the 2010 Olympic bronze medallist, the 2009 World silver medallist, the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medallist, the 2004 Grand Prix Final bronze medallist, and a six-time Canadian national champion. And some days, the amount of stuff you learn during the day is overwhelming.”. It was an eye opener.”. We travelled the world, we had a great skating family, and there are people I still keep in touch with. [citation needed] She placed 11th at the 2005 World Championships. I was still skating in shows, but I really wanted to be in the Olympics again. “There were times after Vancouver that I thought I would never get over it. It was amazing. She then won the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard, beating reigning World Champion Mao Asada, and credited her work with a psychologist for her improved performances. [11], In December 2010, Rochette was voted the Female Athlete of the Year by The Canadian Press. "[10] Rochette was chosen as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. Kaetlyn loves performing so it’s great for her to skate freely without that stress.”. “But the way things happened after Vancouver — there was my mother’s funeral and I didn’t go to Worlds. And some days, the amount of stuff you learn during the day is overwhelming.”, It has been quite the journey for Rochette who cannot wait to reach the finish line and move into her new life as a medical practitioner. She now spends most of her days on hospital wards, clad in a plain white coat. Rochette's hobbies include reading, movies, rollerblading, and short track speed skating. Sport is great but when there is a story attached to it … I felt a lot of support and I felt lucky to be in Canada. But life changed in so many ways after those Games, both on and off the ice, that those plans were shelved. Every now and then she will notice someone on a hospital ward giving her a certain look. “But it’s interesting. I thought it would be a really cool experience because we don’t know much about those communities up north,” Rochette explained. Almost a decade has passed since that heart-breaking week at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, when Rochette lost her beloved mother, Thérèse, to a heart attack. I miss seeing the world, or being in a hotel in Japan and going to different restaurants. Though becoming a doctor will fulfill a lifelong dream, Rochette admits a part of her still misses life on the ice. Some days are better than others, for sure. [9] Two days later, she held on to her third-place position after the long program and won the bronze medal. I would eat a sandwich in my car on the way home, take a shower and go to bed,” she recalled. I feel like they’re so good,” she said. https://figure-skating.fandom.com/wiki/Joannie_Rochette?oldid=109700. (Season bests highlighted in bold, current personal bests italicized), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joannie_Rochette, https://www.statsonice.com/skater/Joannie/Rochette/, http://www.heightcelebs.com/2014/12/joannie-rochette/, http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00004797.htm, https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ジョアニー・ロシェット. But, with medicine you’re training your brain … I feel like the learning is very different. She qualified for the 2001 Canadian Championships by winning both her qualifying events. At the Canadian Championships, she won her second consecutive national title, this time on the Junior level. Because of her inspiring determination in the face of these circumstances, along with Petra Majdič, she received the inaugural Terry Fox Award for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Rochette had to do a surgical rotation last year. So you’re always on your guard. “Skating is a lot of muscle memory and sometimes my legs would be burning and my body would be tired, but my brain would not be as tired. [15], In August 2017, Skate Canada announced Rochette would be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame as a member of the 2017 class. It is true with the opposite, too. When you have the opportunity to do shows, you get the best of both worlds. Skating gives you that big family and gives you friends on almost every continent. It has been quite the journey for Rochette who cannot wait to reach the finish line and move into her new life as a medical practitioner. It’s more exhausting; I don’t know how to explain it, but sometimes you feel brain exhaustion. I do miss the crowds and I do miss skating, but it’s time to do something else. While some of her fellow students applied Canada-wide for a residency position, Rochette hopes to stay in Montréal, or at least as close as Ottawa, Toronto or Québec City. Every time I have life choices to make, I think about what she would say. “It’s interesting to see how every year the rules are changing a little bit, and how the skaters are using those changes to their advantage. Joannie Rochette (born January 13, 1986) is a Canadian retired figure skater. She won the silver medal at the 2008 Four Continents and placed 5th at the 2008 World Championships. I look at my life now, being in school, and I do feel like it’s been a long time.”. Welcome to the official Fan Page for Joannie Rochette - Olympic Bronze Medallist, World Silver Medallist & 6x Canadian Champion! She became the fifth Canadian to win a medal in ladies' figure skating at the Olympics. I’ve given a lot of speeches across the country with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, talking about it so I don’t get very emotional anymore. Some days are better than others, for sure. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. I still miss my Mom and I think about her every single day. Rochette’s competitive life ended in Vancouver in 2010, but she said it was not supposed to wind up that way. She is a the 2010 Winter Olympics Olympic bronze medalist, a six-time Canadian National champion (2005-10), the 2009 World Championships silver medalist, the 2008 and 2009 Four Continents silver medalist, and the 2004-05 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist. They know they have seen her face somewhere though they cannot place it right away. [19][20], Rochette received her DEC from Collège André-Grasset’s Natural Sciences program in November 2011. In the 2008–09 season, Rochette won the 2008 Skate Canada. She had fallen twice on her jumps. Rochette's performance at the 2010 Olympics figure skating gala on February 27 featured the original French version of Celine Dion's song "Fly", «Vole» as a tribute to her mother (a long-time fan of Dion), ending with her face raised to the heavens. “It’s interesting to see how every year the rules are changing a little bit, and how the skaters are using those changes to their advantage. When I was at the Sochi Games in 2014 (as a television commentator), it was bittersweet. Eventually, the penny drops. “I love to watch and I love to see how it’s evolving, and seeing these younger skaters doing quadruple jumps … I think it’s crazy, and I’m glad I’m not competing during this time. [17] Rochette has been a spokesperson for the "iheartmom" campaign at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which deals with raising awareness for heart disease in women. Rochette began skating when she was just two years old after her mother took her to the rink. 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