February 19, 2006
Ricker has no memory of crash
STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

TURIN -- The first thing that Maelle Ricker did after she was released from hospital was call Dominique Maltais and congratulate her on winning a bronze medal for Canada.

The second thing she did was watch a televised replay of the women's snowboard cross final -- of which she had no recollection.

"This morning I tried to remember what happened but I couldn't," said Ricker, a Vancouver boarder. "It was pretty disappointing to see. I was just going too fast and I landed flat and hit my head.

"The whole thing is pretty disappointing. When you're preparing for something for such a long time and you have that happen, well, I don't even know what to say except I'm sorry."

Ricker has what was described as a "slight concussion," a headache, a sore neck and a sore back. Other than that, and an opportunity gone wrong, she was surprisingly upbeat one day after falling head first and being taken by helicopter from a ski hill to hospital.

"I'm fine, a little sore, but nothing's broken. At least I didn't really injure anything, that's the good thing," she said. "This isn't the worst fall I've had. I didn't injure my knees as I have in the past.

"This is just one of those things that happens in boarding. I know it felt like it was my day. I was going great. I'm just glad Dominique came through and got up and won a medal. It was great one of us could be on the podium."

As for the rest of the Games, Ricker plans on playing the part of tourist. "I'm staying right to the end," she said. "I want to relax some, go to see some events. As of today, I'm on vacation."

On vacation, not with a hangover, just with a headache.







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