Canada Snowboard statement regarding injury to Olympic Champion, Maelle Ricker

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January 28, 2014 (ISN) – 2010 Olympic Champion and defending World Champion Maëlle Ricker suffered a wrist injury during pre-Olympic snowboard cross training in Aspen, Colorado earlier today.

Following consultation with her coach and team staff, Ms Ricker elected to have surgery in Vail, Colorado.

“While the timing of this injury is very unfortunate, we know that Maelle is an incredibly resilient athlete that has battled back from several injuries over her career to accomplish great things for Canada,” said Steven Hills, Executive Director of Canada~Snowboard. “We hope that Maelle’s surgery is successful and believe that she will have every opportunity to join Team Canada in Sochi with the goal of competing in the Snowboard Cross event on February 16.”

Canada~Snowboard will provide an update following surgery and the full assessment of Ms Ricker’s wrist injury.