I love figure skating and am pretty partial to Mr. David Archuleta too, so tonight was magical for all sorts of reasons.
Not only did David sing, but he accompanied Joannie Rochette — Canada’s inspirational bronze medal skater from last winter’s Olympic Games.
I was secretly hoping he would sing MKOP … and he did … twice.
The first time, he opened the song all alone and I thought there was a glitch because there was no Joannie.
The spotlight was on David until he sang, “Will I turn the corner, see my future in a beautiful face … maybe” … and then out skated Joannie. She turned her head and looked up at David for a second and then glided onto the ice into a perfect spin.
It was heartbreakingly beautiful and at the very end, Joannie skated up to the stage, hopped right onto it and over to David and gave him a big hug. A big one. I’m pretty sure if she wasn’t a fan before, she is now.
We were sitting beside a huge group of fans. Not David fans but skating fans. They had signs and pictures and everything. It was like looking in a fun-house mirror… they tried to tell us how amazing their favourite skaters were and of course we told them to be sure to check out David’s album.
The best thing was, because David is such a perfectionist, he came out again at the end of the show to redo both MKOP and SBL. And that huge crowd of mostly skating fans gave him a huge round of applause and starting clapping along to SBL. (And yes, Refnaf and Pastel and Roberta and I clapped loudest in our Olympic-mitten-clad hands!)
He sounded even more amazing the second time, and I hope those are the takes they use for the TV telecast.
I’m sure Joannie does too 🙂 (I also hope she invited him to perform here someday 🙂
Pastel’s video of MKOP:
Canadian skater Rochette committed to fighting heart disease in women
excerpted from The Montreal Gazette
OTTAWA — After her mother died, Joannie Rochette found a small, handwritten note in her purse. On that scrap of paper, her mother had jotted down the aches and pains she’d been feeling in the days leading up to her fatal heart attack.
Rochette’s mother had told no one her symptoms; perhaps she put her own troubles aside, feeling that nothing else was as important as her daughter’s fast-approaching Olympic figure skating competition.
“I just wish she would have talked to me about it,” Rochette said Saturday, when she spoke at the launch of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s new campaign for women’s heart health.
“She didn’t have time to talk to her doctor about it. She just ignored those symptoms. And when I read that, it just makes me so mad, that she kept it all to herself.”
Rochette, a petite, blond 24-year-old from Ile-Dupas, Que., about 80 kilometres northeast of Montreal, won admirers the world over when she skated her way to a bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, just days after her mother’s death.
Therese Rochette, died at the age of 55, just two days before Joannie was due to skate the short and long programs.
Saturday, she told more of her mother’s story at the launch of the “iheartmom” campaign, an initiative meant to raise awareness about the lifestyle habits that can lead to heart disease, as well as to raise funds for research and treatment.
Rochette spoke of how her mother picked her up after school to drive her to figure skating lessons; helped her with her homework afterward; and grilled her in spelling while she took her evening bath.
“My mom and I were really a team,” she said.
But while her mother encouraged good health habits for her daughter — nixing trips to McDonald’s, making her get enough sleep at night, and lecturing her on the perils of tobacco — she failed to adopt a healthy lifestyle for herself.
Eight years ago, after an injury in a car accident, her mother retired from work and stopped being physically active, Rochette recalled. And despite her daughter’s scolding, she couldn’t give up cigarettes.
“She started smoking at the age of 12 . . . For her it was a crutch. She wanted to stop, and she tried, but she couldn’t,” Rochette recalled. “It was hard for my mom to be home all day — I had no brothers or sisters — and to watch me go off travelling all the time. I wish I had been there more, to motivate her to get out and exercise.”
Dr. Robert Roberts, CEO of the Heart Institute, said he hopes to extend the legacy of Rochette’s Olympic performance to inspire all women toward greater heart health.
He said that, with current breakthroughs in genetic research, doctors and patients will soon be able to modify genetic risks, as well as lifestyle choices, to stave off cardiovascular problems.
Rochette said she hopes to continue to be a spokeswoman for the campaign for several years to come. And she is considering medical school after she finishes her CEGEP (first step of Quebec post-secondary education) this year.
She said that becoming a doctor has been a dream since she was a child, but one that she put on hold while she pursued competitive figure skating.
“I’m still very passionate and curious about the human body. It’s definitely something I’m very interested in, especially with the events that happened,” she said. “My mother always wanted to help others, but she never had the opportunity to study.”