Meet Maelle Ricker. She is the Canadian snowboarder who just won an Olympic Gold medal in the snowboard cross event. Read a little biography and see Maelle Ricker photos and video here.
Many Candians are celebrating today as one of their own, Maelle Ricker, won the Gold in the Women’s Snowboard Cross event.
Lindsay Jacobellis of the United States failed to make the final, as she wiped out and got off course in the semis.
The event was held up for two hours because of the weather, which left the course in unfavorable conditions.
Deborah Anthonioz of France and Switzerland’s Olivia Nobs took 2nd and 3rd, earning the silver and bronze respectively.
Here’s a little biography on Maelle Ricker. The Canadian snowboarder hails from Vancouver, Canada and was born in December of 1978, so she is 31 years of age.
Her brother Jorli is a snowboarder and of course she followed suit. As a child, weekends were spent at the family cabin in Whistler.
Her first Olympic appearance was at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games, where she competed in the halfpipe and took fifth place. She suffered an injury to her knee, which left her out of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. She made an appearance at the 2006 Olympic Turin Games and competed in the Halfpipe event, where she placed 23rd and took fourth place in the Snowboard Cross. The following year, at the World Championships, she placed fifth.
She has competed in several X Games, winning Gold in the Snowboard cross event in 1999 and 2006.
Here are a few tidbits about Maelle:
— Her nickname is Mighty Mouse.
— Hobbies: She likes to hike and mountain bike.
Congrats to Maelle Ricker! For this Canadian snowboarder, a Gold medal Olympic win had to have been quite exciting in your own hometown. Check out some Maelle Ricker photos and video below.