Olympian Rochette answers call to work in Nursing Home

Olympic medalist Joannie Rochette

Canada’s amazing figure skater Joannie Rochette will employ in Quebec’s nursing home to help fight the COVID-19 crisis.

Retired Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette will be working at Quebec’s long-term care homes hit hard by COVID-19. The Olympic medalist received her medical degree Friday from McGill University and said she would be deploying soon.

Former Canadian figure skater and Olympic medalist Joannie Rochette will be working at Quebec’s long-term care homes hit hard by COVID-19.

Rochette, who competed for Canada at the Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games — winning an individual bronze at the latter — received her medical degree Friday from McGill University.

In response to a message of thanks from Premier Francois Legault, Rochette wrote on her Twitter account Sunday it was only natural to respond to the premier’s frequent call for help at short-staffed nursing homes.

“I’m just one of hundreds of graduates to get into the action,” Rochette wrote, adding she’d be one of thousands already committed to the COVID-19 fight.

On Saturday, Rochette told French-language all-sports network RDS while she’s perhaps a little fearful for her health, she’s more afraid about the lack of staff at long-term care homes.

Rochette, of Ile-Dupas, Que., inspired the entire country when she won a medal in Vancouver after her mother Therese, 55, died of a heart attack just two days before the start of the competition.

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