OTTAWA — Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette of Canada has withdrawn from next week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Turin, Italy.
Rochette, who won her bronze in Vancouver four days after her mother died of a heart attack, will be replaced by Myriane Samson. The 24-year-old Rochette won the silver medal at last year’s worlds.
Rochette’s inspirational performance at the Olympics placed her third behind South Korea’s Kim Yu-na and Japan’s Mao Asada. She then carried the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony.