On the brink of having her Olympic dream come true, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette received tragic news. Her mother, Therese, had suddenly passed away.
Therese Rochette was in Vancouver to watch her daughter in the women's figure skating competition, which begins Tuesday. News reports indicate that Joannie Rochette plans to skate.
Rochette took second at the 2009 World Championships, and is a threat to medal. She took fifth in Torino, and was looking forward to helping Canada return to the medal stand in figure skating. From an interview shot last week: