Date of Birth:  December 2, 1978
 Place of Birth: Whistler, BC
 Residence: Whistler, BC
 Years on National Team:
 8
 Height:  5'6"
 Weight: N/A

When Mäelle Ricker went to her debut Olympics as a 19-year-old in Nagano in 1998, she may have figured that the world's biggest stage wasn't that huge a deal since she raced to an excellent fifth-place finish in the snowboardcross.

Eight years and eight knee surgeries later, Ricker is at long last making her second trip to an Olympic Games in Turin. And, considering all that she has gone through over that time, it's quite easy to understand that she has an entirely new perspective. Now she wants to soak in every moment in Turin and is already thinking about 2010, when the Olympics will come to her hometown of Whistler, BC.

As a member of an athletic and sports-minded family that has always enjoyed the outdoors, it's not surprising Ricker ended up a snowboarder. Her father is a geologist and still takes holidays that allow him to prepare mountain courses for downhill races; while her older brother Jorli was an avid snowboarder and always took the time to show his little sister the ropes. Incidentally, Jorli actually competed on the Snowboarding World Cup circuit himself between 1996 and 1998.

As for Mäelle, other than her many battles with injury, she has enjoyed a very successful racing career. In particular, her results since the beginning of 2005 suggest she has a chance for a strong showing in Italy. Last season, she won two silver medals and a bronze in World Cup races, as well as a bronze at the World Championships in Whistler.

During the 2005-06 season, Ricker has six Top-10 results in 14 snowboardcross and halfpipe events, winning another bronze in snowboardcross in Austria in January.


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