Nightly News   |  February 21, 2010

Canadian figure skating star's mother dies

Despite the sudden passing of her mother, Joannie Rochette will go ahead with plans to compete in this week's short program. NBC's Lester Holt reports.

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>>> sad news today for the home team here in vancouver. the sudden death of therese rochette, the mother of one of canada's top olympic contenders, figure skater joannie rochette . she died from a heart attack after arriving here in vancouver to see her daughter skate. we're told joannie will go ahead with plans to compete in the short program on tuesday.

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