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Ricker hopes to compete at Olympic Winter Games with broken arm

Maelle Ricker
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According to the Canadian Press on Friday, Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia still plans to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in the sport of women's snowboard cross even though she has a broken arm.

Ricker suffered the injury while training in Aspen, Colorado on Tuesday. It was initially reported by the Canadian Olympic Comittee that Ricker, who is the reigning Olympic and world champion in women's snowboard cross had a broken wrist, but x-rays showed the injury was a lot more serious.

Ricker will be rehabilitating her arm in Squamish, British Columbia before leaving with the Canadian Olympic snowboard team to Sochi on February 8. The women's snowboard cross competition will take place on February 16 with Ricker and Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Quebec both medal contenders for Canada. Maltais is the reigning World Cup champion and the bronze medalist from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino.