Maelle Ricker with wrist injury

30 January 2014 19:49
Reigning World Champion is undergoing surgery before trying to defend her Olympic title
Reigning World Champion is undergoing surgery before trying to defend her Olympic title -
Oliver Kraus

Reigning Olympic Snowboard Cross Champion Maelle Ricker has suffered a wrist injury during the X-Games which took place last weekend in Aspen, CO.

Following consultation with her coach and team staff, the 35-year-old three-time Olympian 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."