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Figure skater Joannie Rochette watches the Canadian flag being raised from the podium after winning Olympic bronze in Vancouver on Feb. 25, 2010. (Mark Baker)
Figure skater Joannie Rochette watches the Canadian flag being raised from the podium after winning Olympic bronze in Vancouver on Feb. 25, 2010. (Mark Baker)

Figure Skating

Rochette makes Time's early list of most influential people Add to ...

Olympic medallist Joannie Rochette is on Time magazine's preliminary list of the 100 most influential people of 2010.

The 24-year-old figure skater won a bronze medal in Vancouver last month just days after the death of her mother from a heart attack.

Rochette, of Ile Dupras, Que., was 26th overall in online voting out of 200 candidates, with more than 7,000 votes.

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Time says Rochette "galvanized audiences everywhere with her courage, grace and steel," during the Games.

It adds that Rochette - who is currently part of the Stars on Ice tour in the U.S., impressed the judges with her technique, earning a place on the podium.

The poll is a precursor to the seventh annual Time 100 issue to be released in May.



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