Former figure skater and Canadian Olympic medalist Joannie Rochette will work in long-term care homes in Quebec hard hit by COVID-19.
Rochette, who competed for Canada at the 2006 Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games – winning an individual bronze medal – received her medical degree Friday from McGill University and said it would soon unfold .
Rochette, 34, had discussed the end of her studies with The Canadian Press in mid-February, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver Olympics.
In response to a thank you message from Quebec Premier François Legault, Rochette wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday that it was natural to respond to the Premier’s frequent call for help in acute care homes. duration.
“I am only one of hundreds of graduates to get involved,” wrote Rochette, adding that she would be one of the thousands already involved in the fight against COVID-19.
On Saturday, Rochette told the French-language sports channel RDS that while she may be a little scared of her health, she was more concerned about the shortage of staff in long-term care homes.
Rochette, of Île-Dupas, Quebec, inspired the whole country when she won a medal in Vancouver after her mother, Thérèse, 55, died of a heart attack just two days before the start of the competition.