On breaking routine: 

“Summer for us usually means off-season, so it’s a good time to take a break and try different things. And especially now since I’m not competing I usually try to change it up because I get bored with routine. I love drop-in classes like yoga or Pilates or a dance class, zumba, whatever it is. I love to just be able to go to a class one time and it’s over. I don’t have to follow a groove for the whole season.”

On biking in Montreal:

“I love to go outside to go for walks or jogs. I got a bike last year and we bike on the F1 circuit in Montreal. It’s nice! There’s no cars. I’m always afraid of cars in the city so it’s great to be able to go the speed you want.”

On YouTube workouts:

“I go on YouTube and find some fun workouts to music. There’s so many yoga-inspired routines. It’s cool to be able to workout on your phone. But lately I’ve been doing the Uptown Funk ab workout – it’s all gymnasts who do it and it’s a routine to the music. It’s a hard workout that you feel the next day. It’s a 6-minute workout. It’s perfect.”

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On her favourite Olympic beauty look:

“My tango at the [Vancouver 2010] Olympics – I liked that look with the bright red lipstick and the strong makeup.”

On her makeup prep before the big skate:

“Usually I would go to a makeup artist and she would draw what she thought would look good with the music and character. For my Samson and Delia routine, I had long eyeliner and [my makeup artist] showed me how to do it”.

On “hairography”:

“You don’t want your hair to be a distraction. You can add some pieces or ornaments into your hair, but in ladies skating you’ll usually have a bun. It’s the best way not to have hair in your face. But now when I do shows, I love having my hair down. I did a number to Sade and it was a blues-y song. I skated with my hair completely down. It was challenging! I had to learn how to jump and spin and relate everything to feelings. Having my hair down was a part of the choreography. We call it ‘hairography.’ Sometimes you have to add a little head shake so your hair gets out of your face before jumping. In a competition you would never risk having those distractions.”

On the best beauty advice her mother ever gave her:

“I moisturize a lot and I use an eye contour cream. My mom had great skin, but she had a lot of wrinkles around her eyes and she always told me to be careful and to use good eye cream. I love the feeling of putting on eye cream in the morning, it wakes me up.”

Note: Joannie loves Clinique All About Eyes ($37), at thebay.com.

On one beauty product she can’t live without:

“I love mascara, but I usually get my eyelashes tinted. I’m using a M.A.C mascara at the moment. But sometimes I’ll use a CoverGirl mascara. I think the trick with mascara is to just change it often. A cheap new mascara is better than an old expensive mascara.”

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On her new way to relax:

“I started to knit! I’m knitting a headband with some patterns. I had a broken sweater that had a lot of loose strings and I was looking for a place to repair it and I came across a lady who was offering classes. She fixed my sweater and told me I should come to the class. She recognized me because she was a skating fan! I was with 4 older ladies, it was neat and relaxing and for 2 hours we just knitted. It’s relaxing when I’m on the road too. Everyone makes fun of me. My friends got me a cat binder to put all my sheets in.”

On motivation:

“Everyone has different motivations. Some people are very goal oriented. For me, I was super competitive and goal oriented. I love challenges. My coaches always put me in competitive situations. They would show me videos of a Korean girl who could land jumps better than me, and that really motivated me.”

On goal setting:

“Surround yourself with the right people. Sometimes when you tell people ‘Okay, I’m going to be at that yoga studio at 7:00am. Do you want to come with me?’ You’ll actually make that commitment more than just for you.”

On what’s next in her career:

“There are some shows this summer in Japan and Kazakhstan. I’m starting school in September. It’s crazy!”

On Joannie’s post-workout Pineapple Chiller


“The pineapple chiller tastes like summer. Its also a great recuperation drink. You can add flax and hemp seeds for protein.”


  • 1 cup (250 mL) Almond Breeze Sweetened Vanilla Original
  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup (250 mL) pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) orange juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice 
  • 8 ice cubes 


In blender, combine Almond Breeze, frozen mango, pineapple juice, coconut water, orange juice, lime juice and ice cubes; blend until smooth.

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