(ISN) – VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Olympic Gold medalist and snowboardcross World Champion Maelle Ricker is currently taking some time away from competition to recover from a pre-season injury.
Maelle was advised by National Team medical staff to focus on training and recovery in order to ensure a safe and successful return to competition. Maelle did not compete at the 2015 World Championships in Kresichberg, Austria and will not compete at the upcoming X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
“I was really looking forward to competing at World Championships and at the X Games this season. However, I’ve decided to follow the advice of Canada Snowboard’s medical staff and continue to train and recover from a pre-season injury,” said 2010 Olympic Champion Maelle Ricker. “My plan is to return to competition and I want to be sure that I give myself the appropriate time for a full recovery.”
Maelle has shown great resilience over the course of her 14-year National Team career, competing at the Sochi 2014 Olympics only weeks after surgery for a compound fracture in her left arm.
“Maelle Ricker is a fierce competitor, no doubt making the decision to sit out the World Championships and X Games this year was a difficult one for her. She has a great support team around her and their advice to her was to recover and train rather than compete. When Maelle is ready to return to competition, I am sure she will be just as fast as she has been in the past.” said Steven Hills, Executive Director, Canada Snowboard.
Due to Maelle’s focus on training and recovery she will be unavailable for further comments.