2010 Olympic Champion Maelle Ricker undergoes successful surgery

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January 31, 2014, Vail, Colorado (ISN) – Following successful surgery, Olympic Champion Maëlle Ricker has set her sights on competing in her fourth Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

When Ms Ricker arrived in Vail, Colorado for surgery on Tuesday, x-rays revealed a more serious injury than had first been considered.

“Maëlle had a compound fracture in her left forearm,” said Dr. Bovard, the Medical Director for Canada Snowboard. “The surgery couldn’t have gone any better and we’re extremely pleased with the outcome.”

Ms Ricker is currently in a half cast and stayed in Vail, Colorado for observation and treatment. She will soon return home to Squamish, BC for rest and rehabilitation.

A 14-year veteran of the the national team, Ms Ricker has seen her personal share of injuries and is optimistic that she’ll be ready to compete for Team Canada in Sochi 2014.

“My goal is to be ready for the start gate in Sochi but I’ll definitely hate pulling out of it!” said Ms Ricker, referring to the handle bars that snowboard cross athletes grip to pull themselves from the gate. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in my career and it’s important to stay positive and focus on the privilege of competing for Canada at the Olympics.”

Ms Ricker will be joining the Canadian Snowboard Cross Team heading to Sochi on February 8th as scheduled.

“Our coaches and medical team will continue to work with the Canadian Olympic Committee to do everything we can to support Maëlle and make sure that she goes to the start gate on February 16 with competition confidence,” said Steven Hills, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard. “We know that Canada will be cheering her on.”