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, and chosen as a co-recipient of the Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award for her display of determination and humility in the face of adversity. Speaking with warmth and candour about following your dreams and overcoming challenges, Rochette continues to inspire Canadians from coast to coast.
Skating since she was 22 months old, Rochette 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, Rochette realized her dream of becoming Canadian Champion. Rochette also won the silver medal at the 2009 World Championships and was the Canadian ladies’ champion for six consecutive years. In 2017, Skate Canada inducted her into the Skate Canada Hall of fame.
Rochette is dedicated to positive change and has worked with organizations such as World Vision (Peru 2009, Honduras 2011) and Right to Play (Rwanda 2013, Ghana 2015). She is also involved with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Montreal Heart Institute.
Following her athletic retirement, Rochette pursued a medical degree from McGill University. As a recent graduate from the Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (MDCM) program, she is now completing her residency in Anesthesia at the University of Montreal.
In 2011, Rochette 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.