Story by Michele Sealey – ISN / photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISNMay 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – You know Maëlle Ricker as the first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold on home soil. Maybe you know of her by the nickname Mighty Mouse. Here at ISN, we were fortunate enough to sit down with this gracious and fun athlete for a few minutes recently, to get to know her on a personal level.
Olympic Gold Medalist Maëlle Ricker shares one of her trademark smiles at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Media Summit in Vancouver. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Despite having both parents in the fields of science, when we asked her if a cure had been found for her infectious smile, she smiled, laughed, and told us no. We’re actually glad about that, because cliché or not, Maëlle’s smile lights up a room.
Whatever her boyfriend has on his iPod is her source for music these days. Currently she favours ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers, saying, “The tone of song puts me in a good spot”. We like the song too, although clearly the line “I dunno where I belong” is not applicable to Maëlle – Canadians know exactly where she belongs – on the slopes with her snowboard.
Canadian Olympic Snowboard Cross Gold Medalist Maëlle Ricker looks on in amazement before breaking out in laughter at one of ISN’s crazy questions at the 2014 Sochi Canadian Olympic Media Summit in Vancouver. (photos by Glenn Ivens)
Although she says she can “definitely embrace a lot of the junk food”, young athletes listen up, Maëlle tells us that her fridge contains lots of veggies, lots of cheeses, and lots of milk. That sounds like a recipe for a good solid foundation of health. Now if she could just find a full night’s sleep, she’d like to say that one could find her asleep at 3 in the morning but that she’s more than likely awake, being a bit of an insomniac. We wish her sweet dreams on the road to Sochi.
Reigning Snowboard Cross Olympic Gold medalist Maëlle Ricker ponders what she has in her fridge. (photo by Glenn ivens)
Maëlle heads into Sochi 2014 as the defending Olympic champion in ladies’ snowboard cross. Being a veteran of three Olympic games, Nagano in 1998, Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010, one might think she would have the goods on the best party spots in the Athletes Village, but she assures us she is an early riser and not very good on the dance floor claiming her best moves come on the slopes. In pursing gold medals, that’s an excellent strategy.
ISN wishes Maëlle all the best in Sochi.