Maëlle Ricker will head to her fourth Olympic Games in Sochi as the defending Olympic champion in women's snowboard cross. She put her name in the history books in Vancouver as the first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold on home soil. Ricker stepped on a snowboard and shredded down the slopes of Whistler for the first time when she was 13. Her older brother brought her with him to his snowboarding trips even though his friends would make fun of him! In 1996 Ricker made her World Cup debut and competed for many years in snowboard cross and halfpipe. In fact, two years later she in Nagano she took the fifth place. Four years later a knee injury prevented her from competing in Salt Lake City 2002. In 2006, when snowboard cross made its Olympic debut, Ricker advanced to the final, but suffered a hard crash which left her with a concussion as well as torn muscles in her back and neck. As a result, she has no memories from the time of the crash to the point at which she awoke in the helicopter en route to the hospital and had to be told of her fourth place finish.
In 2009-10 Ricker won the Crystal Globe as the overall FIS World Cup champion in snowboard. At the 2011 World Championships she broke her left hand and damaged nerves in her left shoulder, taking her out of competition until December 2011. She had another successful comeback, going on to win her first world title at the 2013 World Championships.
- 2013 FIS Nor-Am Cup, Big White, British Columbia, Canada - 1st
- 2013 FIS World Cup, Sierra Nevada, Spain - 3rd
- 2013 World Snowboard Championships, Stoneham, Quebec, Canada - 1st
- 2010 Winter Olympics - Gold
- 2006 Winter Olympics - 4th
- 1998 Winter Olympics (halfpipe) - 5th
Things To Know:
1. The first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold on home soil
2. Enjoys playing Scrabble
3. Affiliated with KidSport as an ambassador and wish to help children get involved in sports.