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Sunday, February 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Tragedy as Mother of Canadian figure skater dies

[Via Yahoo Sports] VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—A few hours after learning of her mother’s sudden death, Canadian figure skating star Joannie Rochette was back on the ice.

Dressed in black tights and a black Canadian team hoodie, Rochette appeared in the runway as the rest of the skaters in her practice session took the ice Sunday afternoon. She wiped her eyes and took a deep breath before stepping on the ice, then gave a little wave to her father, the only spectator who was allowed in the building—cleared about 45 minutes earlier for the security sweep before the original dance.

Therese Rochette, 55, had a massive heart attack after arriving in Vancouver on Saturday, said David Baden, Rochette’s agent. She was taken to a Vancouver hospital, where she was pronounced dead early Sunday.... (...continue reading...)

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