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Maelle Ricker

2010 Olympic Champion

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Maelle Ricker: 2010 Olympic Champion

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This is a Canadian sport story with a truly happy ending.
 
Growing up among the mountains of West Vancouver and Whistler, Maëlle Ricker’s love of the outdoors developed at a young age. Consistently trying to keep up with her older brother, Maëlle eventually followed him into the world of snowboarding, swapping racing skis for a board, and icy race courses for fresh powder.
 
Now a 13-year veteran of the Canadian National Snowboard Team, Maëlle has been a trailblazer for women’s snowboarding, competing at both the inaugural snowboarding halfpipe event at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano Japan and in the first-ever Snowboard Cross event at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino Italy.

Just shy of a medal at both of her previous Olympic Winter Games, Maëlle delivered the performance of her life to the delight of the fans in British Columbia, becoming the first Canadian woman to win Olympic gold on home snow.
 
With west coastal soul, a contagious laugh, and an engaging smile, Maëlle is deeply committed to inspiring a new generation of young girls to get into snowboarding and has aligned with KidSport Canada as an ambassador to help remove the financial barriers required to participate in organized sport.
 
Off the snow, Maëlle’s desire for adventure is filled by time on her mountain bike, surfing and hiking as she continues to push the limits of an outdoor active lifestyle and progressive snowboarding.

Athletic Highlights:
·  2010 Olympic Gold Medalist – Snowboard Cross
·  First Canadian Woman to Win Olympic Gold on Home Snow
·  2008 World Cup Overall Champion – Snowboard Cross 
·  2006 & 1998 Olympian – Halfpipe 
·  2006 Olympian – Snowboard Cross
·  Two-time X Games Gold Medalist – Snowboard Cross
Athletic Highlights:

·  2010 Olympic Gold Medalist – Snowboard Cross
·  First Canadian Woman to Win Olympic Gold on Home Snow
·  2008 World Cup Overall Champion – Snowboard Cross 
·  2006 & 1998 Olympian – Halfpipe 
·  2006 Olympian – Snowboard Cross
·  Two-time X Games Gold Medalist – Snowboard Cross