At Vancouver 2010, Joannie Rochette captured the bronze medal for Canada’s first Olympic medal in the ladies’ event since Calgary 1988. She showed incredible strength to reach the podium.

Just two days before the short program, her mother Therese passed away after arriving in Vancouver. Rochette chose to honour her biggest supporter and compete. With the entire country behind her, she performed a brilliant short program. Two days later her free skate locked up the medal.

Rochette had gone into the Vancouver Games as the World silver medallist.