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Joannie Rochette's performance at the Vancouver Olympics was nothing short of remarkable.
Brave, inspiring and dignified - it was, in many ways, a reflection of her late mother - who was always Joannie's most faithful supporter.
Joannie grew up an only child in a small town, outside Montreal, and took up figure skating early on. At eight, she watched her first winter games and knew she wanted to one day skate in the Olympics.
Joannie's dad worked a lot of overtime to pay for it, and her mom was with her every step of the way... pushing her to her full potential. That love and dedication helped Joannie win six Canadian titles, a silver medal at the world championships, and of course, the bronze medal at this year's Olympics - just days after her mother died of a heart attack.
At the end of the games, Joannie carried Canada's flag in the closing ceremonies and was named the first recipient of the Terry Fox Award. Now, she's performing with 'Stars on Ice', she's involved with 'The Heart and Stroke Foundation', and she was named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2010.