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  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    While I'm sad to hear that Joannie Rochette's mother suddenly died just before her Ladies Figure Skating competition, I wish this announcement was made privately and to the Figure Skating Team only instead of in the media in an effort to maintain a positive atmosphere instead of a negative one for Team Canada.

    I'm still ashamed at CBC, CTV, and other major media agencies in Canada for publically announcing a death of an athlete's relative during the Olympic Games as it could hurt Canada's performance and create a negative atmosphere.

    When I was competing at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, one of my teammates was in a similar situation, but Special Olympics Canada did the right thing and kept the announcement private and with the athlete only. This measure was implemented to maintain a positive environment, and ensure Canada has a strong performance.

    While death and sad news are a part of life, there's a right time to announce it and a wrong time, and the Olympics is definitely a wrong time as these hard working athletes like Joannie are under enough stress and pressure.

    Let's still hope Joannie Rochette will skate an excellent performance.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    While I'm sad to hear that Joannie Rochette's mother suddenly died just before her Ladies Figure Skating competition, I wish this announcement was made privately and to the Figure Skating Team only instead of in the media in an effort to maintain a positive atmosphere instead of a negative one for Team Canada.

    I'm still ashamed at CBC, CTV, and other major media agencies in Canada for publically announcing a death of an athlete's relative during the Olympic Games as it could hurt Canada's performance and create a negative atmosphere.

    When I was competing at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, one of my teammates was in a similar situation, but Special Olympics Canada did the right thing and kept the announcement private and with the athlete only. This measure was implemented to maintain a positive environment, and ensure Canada has a strong performance.

    While death and sad news are a part of life, there's a right time to announce it and a wrong time, and the Olympics is definitely a wrong time as these hard working athletes like Joannie are under enough stress and pressure.

    Let's still hope Joannie Rochette will skate an excellent performance.