Olympian Maelle Ricker doubts she'll compete in 2018 Games
Ricker finished 21st in women's snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia
Snowboarder Maëlle Ricker of North Vancouver, B.C., says she doubts she will compete in another Winter Olympic Games.
"I'd be very surprised to see myself on the start line in four years," said Ricker in an interview with CBC Radio's Rick Cluff on The Early Edition.
Ricker has competed in four Olympics — including this year's in Games in Sochi, Russia — and became the first Canadian woman to win gold on home soil during the 2010 Games in Vancouver. This year, however, she crashed twice during the quarterfinals of the women's snowboard cross event and placed 21st.
Less than three weeks before competing, Ricker fractured her left forearm during a training session in Aspen, Colo., and had to undergo surgery. She left for Sochi with her arm still in a cast, but says her injury is not an excuse for her performance.
"I didn't have the greatest start, partly because of my arm, but I was just off-rhythm."
Though she did not get the finish she wanted, Ricker is proud of her Canadian teammate Dominique Maltais, who won a silver medal in the event.
"I was elated," said Ricker. "She did an absolutely wonderful job and has worked so hard in the last four years, so I'm really happy she got the results she did."