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A few hours after learning of her mother's sudden death, Rochette was back on the ice. Dressed in black tights and a black Canadian team hoodie, she appeared in the runway as the rest of the skaters in her practice session took the ice.
Rochette quickly settled into the comfort of her practice routine. She showed no lapses in concentration, jumped well and did a light run-through of her tango short program, even flashing a saucy smile at one point. In the stands, her father repeatedly rubbed his eyes.
"Joannie is doing as well as one can expect. It has been an emotional roller coaster for her," Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said. "She made the decision that she wants to compete and maintain her training schedule. It is providing her with stability in a very uncertain time of her life."
For an unpredictable sport, the first men's winner wasn't much of a surprise. Schmid was the top-ranked World Cup rider this season.
But the final did have one of its trademark wipeouts, with Canada's Chris Del Bosco, winner of the Winter X Games last month, going down hard on the next-to-last jump.
Americans Casey Puckett and Daron Rahlves were eliminated in the first round of the four-man heats.
Germany's Andre Lange rarely loses -- and never in the Olympics. He picked up his fourth gold medal in as many games, the most by any driver since the event debuted in 1932 at Lake Placid.
Germany's Thomas Florschuetz won the silver, and Russia's Alexsandr Zubkov the bronze.
The U.S. team of Steven Holcomb and Curt Tomasevicz was sixth.
Christine Nesbitt had a chance to take some of the sting out of Sunday's other news for Canadian sports fans by winning the 1,500 meters, to go with the 1,000-meter gold she's already won.
But all she could muster was a sixth-place finish.
Canada did manage a silver, claimed by Kristina Groves. Irene Wust of The Netherlands won gold, with Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic getting bronze.
The U.S. women lost 9-2 to Canada, then 9-3 to defending champion Sweden.
The men lost 4-2 to the Brits.
Neuner won the women's 12.5-kilometer mass start, giving her another gold to go with the one she won in the 10K pursuit and her silver in the 7.5K sprint.
In the men's 15-kilometer mass start race, World Cup leader Evgeny Ustyugov of Russia took the gold. Tim Burke failed again to end the American biathlon drought, finishing 18th.
Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will go into the final leg of the competition in first place.
They won the original dance Sunday with a powerful flamenco performance. In second place overall is their training partners, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Reigning world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin dropped to third, with Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto fourth.
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