Maëlle Ricker

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    Maëlle Ricker went to her fourth Olympic Games at Sochi 2014 as the defending Olympic champion in ladies’ snowboard cross, but also with a cast on her left wrist after breaking it during a training accident on January 28. She went on to finish 21st, after falling in the quarterfinals.

    Ricker put her name in the history books at Vancouver 2010 as the first Canadian woman to ever win Olympic gold on home soil. Ricker finished first in both her quarterfinal and semifinal to advance to the Big Final where she gained a comfortable lead early and crossed the line for an easy victory.

    Maelle grew up loving physical activity and being outside. She played almost every school sport possible and thanks to her parents, she was able to be in the mountains every weekend at Whistler skiing and snowboarding. Sitting still was never an option. Most of Maelle's time outside of class was spent in organized sport, however she did love exploring the outdoors as well. In the summers the Ricker family went camping and hiking whenever possible. Vacations were almost always spent in the mountains... rarely did they go to hot beach loactions.

    Now Maelle lives in Squamish and has a puppy named Suggen. Now retired, she has continued her love of Snowboard Cross by coaching Team Canada and promoting her love for sport by working with KidSport So ALL Kids Can Play like she did.