According to the Canadian Olympic Committee in a press release on Tuesday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, British Columbia severely injured her wrist while training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Ricker, one of Canada's top female snowboarders, suffered the injury while training in Aspen, Colorado, the site of this past weekend's 2014 Winter X Games. Following the injury, Ricker decided to have surgery in Vail, Colorado after a strong consultation with staff members of Canada Snowboard.
At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Ricker became the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the women's snowboard cross competition. Ricker was also the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil.
It is not known as of yet if Ricker will be healthy enough to compete for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The women's snowboard cross competition will take place on February 16 with Ricker, the reigning World Champion, and Dominique Maltais, the World Cup champion over the last three years, serious medal contenders for Canada.