We have been following some of the 2010 Olympic Games on television. We are not really “into” sports around here, but we got some Olympic fever when we watched the Opening Ceremonies. Instead of read alouds we have been watching the 2010 Olympic Games in the evenings.
Tonight, as the kids were falling asleep on the couch and the floor, ladies figure skating came on. We had not seen much figure skating yet and settled in for an evening of dancing on ice. It was amazing (and heart wrenching too).
The commentators were discussing Joannie Rochette and how her mother passed away earlier this week. As I watched her skate tonight, I couldn’t even imagine the courage it took to press through the grief and push through all of those emotions and bring home a medal for Canada. Amazing. Simply amazing!
If you have not heard about Joannie Rochette, you can catch up on the rest of the story at the following links:
- Rochette: ‘Mom wanted me to have a better life than she had’
- Joannie Rochette faced the music alone, then crumpled into her coach’s arms
- Rochette skates to bronze medal
- IOC president joins well wishers in Rochette support
- Editorial: Joannie Rochette’s profound courage
If you want to show your support (or send a card) to Joannie and her family, you can check out these links to get in contact with her:
Have you been following the 2010 Winter Olympics? Do you have a favorite moment?