Rochette on Time's top 100

Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette shows some heart during a fashion show in Toronto last...

Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette shows some heart during a fashion show in Toronto last month. (QMI Agency/Jack Boland)

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Canadian Olympic medalist Joannie Rochette has made Time magazine's shortlist of the top 100 most influential people of 2010.

The 24-year-old figure skater from Ile Dupas, Que., won bronze at this year's Vancouver Games, only days after her mother, Therese Rochette, died of a heart attack.

Rochette was at No. 24 on Time's list as of Tuesday afternoon, with 8,073 votes.

"Rarely does anyone remember the athlete who won bronze in any event in the Olympics. But Canadian figure skater Rochette, who took to the ice mere days after the sudden death of her mother, galvanized audiences everywhere with her courage, grace and steel and impressed the judges with her technique, earning herself a place on the podium," Time magazine wrote in its bio of the skater.

The final list with the top 100 will be released on April 29.

The list of 200 finalists also includes some interesting comparisons of voter favourites.

For instance, Conan O'Brien was listed as No. 4 on the list, well ahead of late-night TV rival Jay Leno at 99.

U.S. President Barack Obama was sitting at No. 15, while First Lady Michelle Obama was another popular choice at No. 27.

Not far behind was ever-controversial Republican Sarah Palin, who was at No. 29.

Former running mate Senator John McCain was nowhere to be found on the list, but his daughter, blogger Meghan McCain, who is making inroads into political circles, is No. 116.

The list also includes some oddball picks, such as Snooki of MTV's Jersey Shore, at No. 73, and webcomic partners "The Penny Arcade guys" sitting high on the list at No. 11.

Leading the list by a wide margin so far is singer Lady Gaga, with 192,119 Votes.


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