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to make it and then not be able to skate in my own country was not what my mom would have wanted for me,' she said 'In Vancouver, I learned no matter how prepared you are for a competition — you plan well in advance for the Olympics, of course, on and off ice — you need to be flexible with that plan and can never know what can happen,' she said.
'Winners are those who can go with it.''I knew I might be alone on the ice, but without them I would not ever be able to skate,' Miss Rochette said.
"That was the moment I was training for my whole life. I was 24 and at my peak, and it was do it then or do it never.
Currently, Miss Rochette stars in a steady stream of skating shows.
Outside the rink, Rochette is studying natural and health sciences at the College Andre-Grasset in Montreal.
She said she did not expect to go into coaching when she retires from skating, but may continue to study science or go into business.
But in Turin she also met François-Louis Tremblay, a short-track speedskater for Canada who is now a three-time Olympic medal winner.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia After weeks and months of playing it cool, saying the pressure to win an Olympic medal had not weighed on her, South Korea’s Kim Yu-na finally let her emotion show on Thursday.
She stood on the ice once her long program was done, letting the tears flow as stuffed toys and flowers rained into the rink.
That dream was born back when she took her first steps on the ice. When she was 4, her father — a youth hockey coach — took her to play hockey at a local rink. For years, Rochette has been coached by Manon Perron.
This season, she has performed her short program to “La Cumparsita” by Gerardo Hernan Matos Rodriguez.
“I’m very competitive at school as well,” she said on her Web site.