a.k.a. Mighty Mouse
1978-born Canadian Maelle Ricker is what you can call well-experienced. This four-time Olympian in two different disciplines (snowboard cross and halfpipe) is not only the reigning Olympic and World Champion in snowboard cross but has also earned a total of 41 World Cup podiums including 16 victories until end of the 2013 season.
And guess what, it could have been even better!
After the she had missed the 2002 Olympics due to a knee injury - one out of a total of eight knee injuries - she was the girl to beat in the Torino Winter Games in 2006. Not only she dominated the time trials by nailing the best time, but the rider who calls Clara Hughes (an Olympic speed skating and cycling medallist) one of her idols also had been on fire in each of her Olympic snowboard cross knock-out heats - until the rollers in the top sections took her out in the big final burying all of her chances for an Olympic title.
But "Mighty Mouse" never gave up. Over the following years the Squamisch, BC, resident moved on from being the shy and nice girl on the slope, which she still might be in nature, to a highly focused athlete with the will to win. And that turned out Golden.
This "new-born" true racer had the nerves to control her rivals at the 2010 Olympics becoming the first athlete to claim Olympic Gold for Canada on home soil.
Being equally strong in gliding sections, big jumps, steep turns and other features, it's hard for her competitors to pass the 2010 SBX and Overall World Cup title winner. As a result she won the 2013 World Championship title on home soil - with probably more to come.
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