Joannie Rochette is going to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She was born January 13th, 1986 in Montreal, Quebec. She measures 160 cm. tall. She has been a Canadian champion since 2005 and has been on the podium of the Canadian championships since the year 2000. She has also been on a commercial about a brand of cold medicine. Out of the skating rinks, Joannie Rochette works studying natural and health sciences at the College Andre-Grasset in Montreal.
She wouldn’t have gotten this far in her career without her coach Manon Perron who teaches her figure skating. She is right now practicing at Saint-Leonard, Quebec with Manon Perron and Natalie Martin.Although, she had other coaches like Sebastien Britten and Josée Normand.
When my mother went to school, Sébastien Britten was in her school. Also, I want to say that I have never done figure skating in my life because I am more concentrated on hockey. Although, I watch figure skating on the television but I always get dizzy looking at them spin!! It looked hard to do all these spins and jumps without loosing control of themselves.
At her first try in the Winter Olympic Games, Joannie Rochette ended up in 5th place. When she was classed 9th in the short program, she came up to the 5th position of the free program getting the best points for technique of these games.
Joannie Rochette’s Olympic sport is called figure skating.In figure skating,languages that are other than English,” artistic skating” is usually referred by that name. The one who started this sport was an Englishman called Robert Jones. He invented figure skating in 1772. figure skating is a mixed gender activity.That means it’s an activity with males and females.You only need figure skates for this activity.In the Olympics, when people do figure skating, they do tricks like spins, footwork, jumps and other challenging moves like that.They do these tricks in pairs, individuals or groups. Figure skaters start as a beginner then go always up a level.The last level is the Olympic level (senior),and at the local,national and international competitions.
I know that when they first did this activity in the Olympics was in the Summer Olympics in 1908 and in the Winter Olympics in 1924. People have been ice skating for centuries but the current form of figure skating started in the mid-19th century. Major international competitions are okayed by the ISU which means International Skating Union. These include the Winter Olympic Games, the World Junior Figure Skating Championships,the World Championships,the European Figure Skating Championships,the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and finally,the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
Show-business is also associated with this sport. Major competitions often include exhibitions at the end when the top-placing figure skaters perform for the crowd by showing them their various skills. Both during and after their competitive careers, many skaters also skate in exhibitions in ice skating or shows which run during the off-season and the competitive season.
Good luck, Joannie !!!!!
by: M.B., 11 yrs. old.