I just heard about it on NBC. My heart goes out to Joannie at this difficult time. Losing a parent at any time is a very difficult thing, but before some of the biggest days of your life has got to make it extra tough to deal with. She must be quite strong to go on and skate. I don't think I could do it.

Didn't Joannie have a close friend die just before 2006 Worlds as well? She was a medal hope there, too. I feel bad for her that these tragedies keep occurring, especially during major moments of her career.

I wish Joannie and her familly much comfort in dealing with their grief.