Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Joannie Rochette: Courage Personified

Joannie Rochette is full of character. And class. And fortitude. And she's a pretty good ice skater on top of that. For a young lady to continue to compete in the Olympics 72 hours after your mother dies suddenly of a heart attack takes all of the above traits. She skated well enough in the ladies short program to move into third place heading into Thursday's free skate. She managed to capture the hearts of everyone, everywhere in the process. If I had been an Olympic judge last night, I would have given her points for courage, fortitude, and willpower. I think she deserves an award for inspiration, because she inspired so many people all over the world with her performance. Thank you, Joannie. Your mother would have been many times more proud of you than all of us are. And that's a heck of a lot of "Proud".

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