| Date of Birth:
January 13, 1986
Place of Birth: Montreal, QC
Residence: Īle Dupas, QC
Years on National Team:
After a breakout 2004-05 season on the Grand Prix figure skating circuit, Montreal-born Joannie Rochette looks poised to accomplish something special at the Turin Games in 2006. The 19-year-old had three podium finishes during the season, including a gold at the Grand Prix Final - a competition pitting the top six finishers on the women's circuit during the year against one another.
Known for her meticulous technical skills and her powerful leaping ability, Rochette is also the reigning Canadian women's champion. Her 2005 national crown was not much of a surprise considering her steady rise from third place in 2002 to her back-to-back second place finishes in both 2003 and 2004.
Although her best result in the World Championships came back in 2004 when she finished in eighth place (she came in 11th in 2005), Rochette is still capable of finishing in the medals in Italy. A good indicator of how well she's currently skating is her fourth place finish at one of the 2005-06 season's early events -- the International Figure Skating Classic in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rochette, who started skating as a fresh faced six-year-old, now trains in St. Leonard, Quebec with her coach Manon Perron. For her rookie Olympic Games, she will skate her short program to Madonna's Like a Prayer and her long program to both Pierre Porte's Coeurs à Cordes and to Hymne à L'amour et Feuilles D'Automne.
February 22: Rochette lacks confidence
February 16: Rochette jumps on issue of faster ice
February 9: SUN Prediction: Fifth
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