Every Olympic Games has one. An athlete with a touching story, someone who persevered and overcame tremendous obstacles or personal hardships. Someone who's story inspires the general non-athletic public. In my opinion, this year's compelling-athlete competed last night. Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette showed the world why she is an Olympic athlete as she performed brilliantly in the midst of an emotionally difficult time.
Read my reaction to her skate or watch the video and see it for yourself.
For more information, read these news articles: Skater's mother dies, Rochette fights through grief, Rochette rides wave of emotion