Exclusive Olympic Images, Day 12

It’s being called the skate of a lifetime. Joannie Rochette of Ile Dupas, Quebec, turned in a near-perfect performance on Tuesday night despite the unexpected death of her mother only two days before. From her first jump, a Triple Lutz and Double Toeloop, it was clear she was in strong form; only after the dance was finished did she display the immense emotions she was experiencing. As she stepped off the ice, photographers swarmed her and coach Manon Perron, as seen here. The second half of women’s figure skating, the free program, runs tomorrow. Korea’s Yu-Na Kim gave a world-record performance to take first place, with Japan’s Mao Asada in second.

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In these shots: Joannie Rochette shows her grief on the ice, and two 16-year-olds (Mira Nagasu and Cheltzie Lee) skate exceptional programs.


See the Olympic Games day by day

Day 16: Canada vs. USA (Men’s gold)
Day 14: Canada vs. USA (Women’s)
Day 11: Sweden vs. Finland (Men’s)
Day 10: Canada vs. USA (Men’s—preliminaries)
Day 7: Canada vs. Switzerland, plus Norway vs. USA (men’s)


Day 15: Men’s and women’s shorttrack, feat. Charles Hamelin
Day 13: Women’s 5,000m longtrack, feat. Clara Hughes
Day 9: Men’s 1,000m, feat. Apolo Ohno; women’s 1500m, feat. Yang Zhou
Day 5: Women’s 500m


Day 6: Men’s halfpipe, feat. Shaun White
Day 2: Women’s moguls, feat. Jennifer Heil
Day 1: Luge and ski jump


Day 12: Women’s short program, feat. Joannie Rochette
Day 8: Pairs ice dance, feat. Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier
Day 4: Pairs, feat. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo
Day 3: Practice at the new Trout Lake rink, feat. Daisuke Takahashi