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Rochette to perform during "Thin Ice" at MGM Grand

Will air live on ABC March 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET

2010 Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette will be the new brand ambassador for BIRKS.
2010 Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette will be the new brand ambassador for BIRKS. (Getty Images)

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(03/03/2010) - Joannie Rochette, the courageous Canadian figure skater who skated to a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver just four days after losing her mother to a sudden heart attack, brings her strength and artistry to the MGM Grand at Foxwoods for a special guest performance on March 19, at Thin Ice, a live, televised figure-skating reality competition.

Rochette, whose poise at the Vancouver games captivated audiences around the world, will grace the event with a tribute performance dedicated to her mother, on the third day of a competition featuring other world-class talent, including:

Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland, 2005 World Champion and Vancouver Olympic men's fourth-place finisher
Jamie Sale' of Canada, 2001 World Champion and 2002 Olympic Champion
Patrice Lauzon, five-time Canadian National Champion and twice World Silver Medalist
Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, 2006 Olympic Champion
Shae-Lynn Bourne of Canada, 2003 World Champion ice dancer
David Pelletier of Canada, 2001 World Champion and 2002 Olympic Champion
John Zimmerman, three-time U.S. National Champion and World Bronze Medalist
Michael Weiss, three-time U.S. National Champion and World Bronze Medalist
Elena Berezhnaya of Russia, twice World Champion and Olympic Co-Champion
Marie France Dubreuil of Canada, five-time Canadian National Ice Dancing Champion and two-time World silver medalist

Judges for the show include skating legends Katarina Witt, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Dick Button. Co-hosts are four-time World Champion Kurt Browning and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Emmy Award-winning host of ABC's The View.

Thin Ice will originate from the Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods March 18 through 21, and will air in prime time on ABC on March 19 (8-9 p.m. ET) and March 21 (7-8 p.m. ET).