Olympic bronze medalist and six-time Canadian champion Joannie Rochette will pay tribute to her late mother, Thérèse Rochette, by performing a special piece at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods's Premier Ballroom in Mashantucket, Conn. on March 19. The performance will be part of the made-for-TV reality competition "Thin Ice."
Thérèse Rochette died suddenly in a Vancouver hospital on Feb. 21. She was just 55 years old and had traveled to British Columbia to see her daughter compete at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Just days later Rochette skated in honor of her mother and earned Canada's first ladies medal in figure skating since Elizabeth Manley mined silver in 1988.
Rochette said she was uplifted by the support she received from around the world. "I am just happy to be on the podium; that was my goal coming here," she said after the long program. "It's been a lifetime project with my mom, and we achieved that."
Rochette will perform on the third day of the competition which will feature the following skaters:
Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland, 2005 and '06 World champion, 2006 Olympic silver medalist and the fourth-place in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Jamie Sale of Canada, 2001 World champion in pairs and 2002 Olympic champion;
Patrice Lauzon of Canada, five-time national champion and a two-time World silver medalist;
Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, the 2006 Olympic champion;
Shae-Lynn Bourne of Canada, 2003 World champion ice dancer;
David Pelletier of Canada, 2001 World champion in pairs and 2002 Olympic champion;
John Zimmerman of the United States, a three-time national. pairs champion and World bronze medalist;
Michael Weiss of the United States, three-time national champion and World bronze medalist;
Elena Berezhnaya of of Russia, a two-time World champion in pairs and Olympic champion, and;
Marie France Dubreuil of Canada, five-time ice dance champion and a two-time World silver medalist.
Judges for the show include skating legends Katarina Witt, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Dick Button. Co-hosts are four-time World champion Kurt Browning and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Emmy Award-winning host of ABC's “The View.”
"Thin Ice” will originate from the Premier Ballroom of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods March 18 through 21, and will air in prime time on ABC on March 19 (8-9 p.m. ET) and March 21 (7-8 p.m. ET).
Tickets to be in the auidence for a live taping of the show may be purchased on the SHOW'S WEB SITE by calling the MGM Grand Box Office at 1-866-646-0609 by calling Ticketmaster, or in person at the MGM Grand Box Office.