Joannie Rochette for Terry Fox Award
There is a Facebook group that is gaining momentum for Joannie to be awarded the Terry Fox Award. This is a new award created by VANOC to honor the athlete who displays the most courage, humility and extraordinary athletic ability at the 2010 Winter Games. I can't think of anyone better
Here is the link if you are interested:
Joannie brings tears to my eyes. I can't think of anybody more deserving.
Glad someone started that already!
I honestly can't see anyone else even really being considered for it. Her performance was even mentioned on Entertainment Tonight! And athletes from other countries offering her support and praise.
No matter what happens in the LP, she is more than deserving and everyone is so proud of her.
I don't see how they cn give it to anyone else.
I agree she'd make a wonderful recipient. The only other possible contender I can think of would be Petra Majdic the Slovenian cross country skier who won a bronze medal with 4 broken ribs and a collapsed lung; also extraordinary courage (of a different nature completely of course) but still very much worthy of recognition.
Last edited by dgel; 02-25-2010 at 11:30 AM.
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When is this awarded? At closing ceremonies?
While she is the sweetheart of the games and would have earned it for her resiliency through a terrible period, I can't see this happening. There's no way this award goes to a Canadian. Other countries would be incredibly pissed off regardless of the circumstances.
This awards is for someone who embodies the same spirit as Terry Fox. It can be awarded to any participating country and with what Joannie overcame this week I can't think of anyone else who fulfills the criteria. See the link below for the press release regarding this award.
Originally Posted by Kissx3
It was actually worse than that. It was 4 broken ribs and a punctured lung thanks to one of the those broken ribs according to the articles I've read and also what the commentators have said. That was part of the reason Petra needed someone to help her up on the Podium to recieve her Bronze. Not to mention how stiff she was due to the ribs, but also because Petra's not supposed to move her body at certain angles and end up re opening the healing tear in her lung.
Originally Posted by dgel
You know, it just blows my mind Petra was able to ski at all. I mean, Nordic Skiing really puts an awful lot of stress on the lungs w/the endurance of the Sport, so for her to still go out there and ski...Forget about the Medal, but just to go out there and be able to still ski and in the immense pain Petra had to be in and...
I know how people feel about "Co Winners", but in this case, I think both Joannie and Petra have embodied all of the values Terry held so dear and more.
Oh and Kissx3, until Monday when the news broke about Joannie's Mom passing away, CTV's Brian Williams was saying that Petra was looking more and more like a lock for the Award. This award has nothing to do w/an Athlete's Nationality, but on how that athlete was able to persevere at these Games under unthinkable/unbelievable circumstances.
Like I said...I've got no problem at all w/a tie for this one.
Go marry the quad if you love it so much
I can just imagine the commentary on this: It's going to be a close race between Petra and Joannie. The judges are going to review the tape to see if Petra broke form while doubling over in pain. There's concern she didn't keep her back arched sufficiently. Meanwhile Joannie is being scrutinized on her second teardrop. It looked a bit smaller than her first one, and judges like to see that the teardrops are even in size.
And it's a tie. Nice job on the prediction/hope, Tigger. And congratulations to both recipients, they truly embodied the spirit of the award.
Joanne and Petra are co-recipients of the Terry Fox Award.
Two amazing athletes
I don't know how either of them accomplished what she has.
Go marry the quad if you love it so much
In b4 Stojko complains the winners didn't have enough technical content.
Well, I couldn't see them doing anything other than making it a tie. Both Petra and Joannie had to overcome very difficult circumstances to win their Bronze Medals and they both actied w/incredable class and courage.
Congratulations to the both of them!!