(March 29, 2009) – Five-time Canadian Champion and first-time World medalist Joannie Rochette won the silver medal in the ladies discipline at this year’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Staples Center in L.A.

“This is a dream come true and hopefully this is inspiring for Canadian skating,” said Rochette.

This was Rochette’s seventh trip to Worlds; in 2008 she placed fifth.

“First time I was at Worlds, I would have dreamed it would happen but never believed it,” said Rochette. “This year what made the difference was I started to believe I could accomplish it and I think it showed in my performance, it gave me more accomplishment.”

This is the first time in 21 years that a Canadian woman has won a medal in the ladies discipline at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Elizabeth Manley won silver in 1988.

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea won both the short and free programs to take the gold medal with a free program score of 131.59 points and an overall total of 207.71 points. Japan’s Miki Ando jumped from fourth place to third place after a strong free program score of 126.26 points for a competition score of 190.38.

Canadian Cynthia Phaneuf finished in 15th place overall. She scored 92.95 points in the free program for a total of 146.09 points.

The ladies event concludes the competition side of the event.The Staples Center will host the Gala Exhibition on Sunday where the top four skaters in each discipline will skate for their fans.

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