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Ricker wins World Championship in women's snowboard cross

Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker
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It definitely appears that Maelle Ricker of Vancouver enjoys competing in Canada.

Three years after winning a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Ricker won the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross event at the World Snowboarding Championships in Stoneham, Quebec on Sunday.

In fact, according to the Canadian Press, the Canadians finished in first and second place as former Olympic bronze medallist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec won the silver medal, in an historic all Canadian final.

Helene Olafsen of Norway finished in third place.

With the win, according to the Canadian Press, Ricker has guaranteed a spot on Team Canada for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The medals won by Ricker and Maltais at the World Snowboarding Championships were half of the medals Team Canada won on home soil during the event. Spencer O'Brien of Vancouver won the women's slopestyle snowboarding event, with Mark McMorris of Regina finishing in second in the men's slopestyle snowboarding event last weekend.