Olympic medalist bringing Christmas spirit to Moose Jaw

Rebecca Lawrence
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Joannie Rochette reacts after receiving her bronze medal at the women's figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Amy Sancetta)

is a “blast”.

The figure skating star said she cannot wait to visit Moose Jaw’s Mosaic Place for the Christmas show on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

“It’s a really fun show and a celebration of Christmas and with all my friends from skating. We are a really close group and it shows on the ice. We have a blast doing that show,” she said.

Rochette was in the show last year and a couple of times in the past but often it is too difficult to fit in around competitions.

But now she has cut down on her competitions to just the Japan Open, which was held in October

“It’s a team event and your points are added up as a team so it’s more fun and relaxed. I have competed for 10 years at an international level and I have achieved my goal on the podium at the Vancouver Olympics and I feel I want to do something else,” she said.

Rochette said performing in shows such as Holiday Festival on Ice really helps her artistic side to develop.

“I have always been more technical about jumps, revolutions and spins but when you do a show, the crowd does not care if you do a seven or eight revolution. They just want to have a good time. I keep improving that side during the show, especially with Kurt Browning and Jeffrey Buttle helping me,” she said.

Read more in a future Times-Herald edition

Organizations: Japan Open

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • David
    October 25, 2011 - 17:19

    I am really looking forward to this show. Moose Jaw is privileged to host it. I have relatives coming in from Calgary to see it.