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02/22/2010

Joannie Rochette, skating in grief

February 22, 2010 |  3:18 pm

Rochette 

Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, whose mother died early Sunday in Vancouver, will nonetheless take to the ice in this week's competition at the Winter Olympics, our Philip Hersh reported.

"Skating is so much emotion,'' two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan said Sunday. "I worry that it will be too much for her to handle.''

The women's short program is Tuesday, and the free skate is Thursday. Even though Rochette is Canadian and not American, NBC will be sure to focus on her during its prime-time coverage.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: Joannie Rochette takes a break from practice Sunday in Vancouver to confer with her coach, Manon Perron. Credit: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images.

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