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Rochette exclusive to appear in "HELLO! Canada"

Feature will show new side of Rochette and never-before-seen pictures

Joannie Rochette is among the athletes participating in Skate Canada's annual preseason camp in Toronto this weekend.
Joannie Rochette is among the athletes participating in Skate Canada's annual preseason camp in Toronto this weekend. (Getty Images)

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(04/13/2009) - OTTAWA - World silver medalist Joannie Rochette, Canada's top female figure skater, will be featured in this week's issue of HELLO! Canada. Rochette will be profiled in an exclusive piece with the magazine.

The article highlights interesting aspects of her personality, and it features unique, never-before-seen photos. This article gives fans a chance to see a different side of one of Canada's favorite figure skaters.

"We are very excited to have Joannie line the pages of HELLO! Canada. All season we've encouraged our skaters to let their personalities shine through, and this feature shows another face of our new world medalist," said Debbi Wilkes, Skate Canada Director of Marketing and Communications. "The photos used for this article were taken at the Harley Davidson Museum and Conference Centre after last fall's training camp in Vancouver. We have not had a chance to use these photos in our promotional material, and this gave us the perfect opportunity for people to see them."

Rochette won the silver medal at the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Las Angeles last month. This was Rochette's seventh trip to the world championships and the first time she claimed a medal. She is also the first Canadian woman in 21 years to medal in the ladies competition. Elizabeth Manley won silver in 1988 in Budapest.

You can pick up this week's issue of HELLO! Canada on newsstands now!

Skate Canada

Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development and administration of skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages, offered at 1,283 clubs and 54 skating schools across the country, Skate Canada is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to learn life skills while experiencing the power, strength and creativity of one of Canada's premier sports.

In 2009, Skate Canada produced three world medalists: Rochette; Patrick Chan, men's silver medalist; and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, ice dancing bronze medalists.

"Skate Canada ... teaching Canadians to skate since 1887"