Tragedy strikes Rochette
Published Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:32PM EST
The mother of Canadian figure skating champion and Olympic medal hopeful Joannie Rochette died suddenly in Vancouver Sunday morning, shortly after arriving to watch her daughter compete.
Canadian team officials said Thérèse Rochette passed away after being rushed to Vancouver General Hospital.
Cause of death has not been determined. She was 55.
Joannie Rochette was given the news by her father Normand at the Olympic Village this morning.
Officials said Ms. Rochette intends to compete at the Olympics, despite the shock of her mother's death.
More to come.