Speaker, Celebrity


Joannie Rochette

Six-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion | Olympic Medalist

At the 2010 Winter Olympics figure skater Joannie Rochette inspired a nation when she won the bronze medal, just days after tragically losing her mother. Following her performance, she was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies; chosen as a co-recipient of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award for her display of determination and humility in the face of adversity; and named the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year. Speaking with warmth and candour about following your dreams and overcoming challenges, Joannie continues to inspire Canadians from coast to coast.

Skating since she was 22 months old, Joannie made her first mark on Canadian skating in 2000 and 2001, when she won the Novice and Junior titles back-to-back. The following year, she claimed the bronze medal in her Senior debut and, in 2005, Joannie realized her dream of becoming Canadian Champion. Joannie then took part in the Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, in 2006, where she earned a fifth place finish.

Never shying away from giving back, Joannie has collaborated with organizations like World Vision, and Right to Play, as well as contributing her time to the iheartmom campaign; the Heart and Stroke Foundation; the Montreal Heart Institute; the Bruny Surin Foundation; and We Day.

In 2011, Joannie made her first foray into the artistic world when she launched her very own fitness DVD “Avec coeur and passion.” A few years later, she voiced the character of Rochelle in Les avions, the French version of Planes, Disney’s popular animated movie.

A graduate of Collège André-Grasset’s Natural Sciences program with a Health Sciences major, Joannie is currently enrolled in Medical School at McGill Univeristy.

Puissance, perfectionnisme, dynamisme et musicalité définissent la médaillée de bronze aux Jeux Olympiques de Vancouver 2010,vice-championne du monde 2009 et sextuple championne canadienne de patinage artistique, Joannie Rochette. L’authenticité de sa présence sur glace capte indéniablement l’attention. S’étant déplacée sur la glace avec des lames pour la première fois à l’âge de 22 mois, elle affiche son fort potentiel en 2000 et 2001 alors qu’elle ravit successivement les titres canadiens novice et junior. L’année suivante, à ses débuts dans la catégorie sénior, elle confirme que l’intérêt que ses titres précédents avaient suscité était justifié en décrochant la médaille de bronze alors qu’elle conquiert le titre canadien pour la première fois en 2005, faisant d’elle la toute première patineuse canadienne à remporter le titre national dans toutes les catégories.

Depuis son baptême des Championnats du Monde à Washington en 2003, la carrière de Joannie a été marquée d’une constante progression, aux plans technique et artistique. Surtout, chacune de ses expériences en compétition– qu’elles soient marquées de succès ou non – l’a fait cheminer et l’a amenée à être aujourd’hui la jeune femme et la compétitrice qu’elle est.

Son parcours sur la scène internationale du patinage artistique est ponctué de nombreux faits d’armes, notamment 4 titres sur le circuit Grand Prix de l’Union internationale de patinage et 3 médailles des Championnats des 4 Continents.

Joannie a réalisé un rêve qu’elle a longtemps cru hors de sa portée en participant aux Jeux olympiques en 2006 à Turin. Pour cette première expérience olympique, elle visait une place parmi les dix premières, objectif qu’elle a largement surpassé en terminant au 5e rang. La vie au Village olympique et la fraternité entre tous les athlètes de la délégation canadienne demeurent pour elle les éléments marquants de ces premiers Jeux.

Aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver de 2010, Joannie a inspiré toute une nation en faisant preuve de force et de courage. Après avoir vécu une tragédie personnelle quelques jours seulement avant sa compétition, elle a remporté la médaille de bronze. À la suite de sa performance, Joannie a été choisie pour porter le drapeau du Canada à la cérémonie de clôture des Jeux et a été nommée corécipiendaire du Prix Terry Fox de Vancouver en 2010 pour sa détermination et son humilité dans l’adversité.

Toujours au plan artistique, Joannie participe à la tournée de spectacles Stars On Ice Sears présentée par Smucker’s depuis le printemps 2006. Pour Joannie, cette tournée annuelle constitue sa récompense de fin de saison, bien que les nombreux déplacements soient essoufflants. Les autres patineurs de la tournée sont champions nationaux, mondiaux et olympiques et forment une grande famille dont les membres appuient et conseillent les patineurs qui prennent encore part à des compétitions. Joannie affirme que d’avoir participé à la tournée Stars On Ice Sears au Canada après les Jeux olympiques de Vancouver a été une expérience unique et incroyable!

Joannie a toujours tenu à poursuivre ses études en dépit de ses très nombreux déplacements à travers le monde au cours de la saison de compétition. Inscrite au Collège André-Grasset, elle espère obtenir son diplôme en sciences de la nature profil santé. Lorsque sa carrière amateur en patinage sera terminée, elle compte bien faire un retour actif sur les bancs d’école dans une université où elle pourrait poursuivre des études dans un secteur relié à la santé ou la biologie.


Overcoming Adversity

Six-time Canadian Champion, World Medallist, and Olympic Medallist Joannie Rochette tells the inspiring story of her rise to global success in figure skating. Joannie describes the team work, passion, and competitive nature that she needed to rise to the top, as well as the obstacles she has had to overcome in her sport, including the tragedy that defined her Bronze Medal win at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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