Rochette to sit out of Canadian nationals
Busy with television appearances and speaking engagements
|Joannie Rochette, who won Olympic bronze just days after the passing of her mother, has put her competitive skating on hold for now to pursue other interests. (Getty Images)|
By Skate Canada
(11/30/2010) - Ottawa, ON -- The 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, Joannie Rochette, is keeping her options open, but has decided not to compete at the upcoming BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Victoria, BC, January 21-23, 2011. Rochette, 24, of Île Dupas, Que., has been busy this fall, appearing in a number of skating television shows, touring, and making several speaking engagements. "I'm so glad that after the Olympics I've had the opportunity to appear in so many skating shows. I really enjoy skating for the fans in so many different cities and countries. I'm looking forward to performing in upcoming shows in Japan, Germany, Italy, the USA and Canada," said Rochette. She last competed at the Japan Open in October, winning the ladies event, and has decided to continue appearing in ice shows for the remainder of this season. Pleased that skating has remained so popular since the Olympic Games, Rochette still has the competitive fire. "I love figure skating and it's a part of who I am, and I love the adrenaline that competition brings to my life. I competed at the Japan Open earlier this season and felt it was natural to be competing even though I hadn't competed since the Olympics." Rochette is not rushing to make a decision on her eligible status. "I am hoping to keep up that competitive spirit even though I am doing more shows now, and I do want to stay competitive within the skating circuit. I will take my time to make a decision regarding competing in the future and I intend to keep my amateur status." The six-time Canadian champion, 2009 world silver medalist and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist has also devoted time to help women recognize and prevent heart disease through the iheartmom campaign. She has also helped design a special heart pendant. Sold in stores and online, proceeds support the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's goal to influence women's attitudes and understanding of heart disease and to raise funds for research and treatment.