Canadian officials say they're hopeful that Olympic champion MaŽlle Ricker will be well enough to compete in the upcoming Winter Games despite having suffered a wrist injury that requires surgery.
Ricker, the Squamish resident who captured gold in snowboard cross at the 2010 Games, injured her wrist during pre-Olympic snowboard cross training on Tuesday (Jan. 28) in Aspen, Colo.
After consulting with her coach and team staff, Ricker elected to have surgery in Aspen, team officials said in a statement issued by Canada Snowboard.
Doctors will provide an update on Ricker's condition after the surgery and a full assessment of the wrist's condition, officials said.
“While the timing of this injury is very unfortunate, we know that MaŽlle is an incredibly resilient athlete that has battled back from several injuries over her career to accomplish great things for Canada,” said Steven Hills, Canada Snowboard executive director. “We hope that MaŽlle'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 Feb. 16.”
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