CBC Sports - Friday Jan. 31, 2014 11:07 ET

Maelle Ricker on target for podium in Sochi after surgery

Snowboard cross veteran hopes to repeat Olympic gold

Olympic champion Maelle Ricker plans on defending her title in snowboard cross at the Olympic Games in Sochi. (Samuel Truempy/Keystone/Associated Press)

Olympic champion Maëlle Ricker remains on track to compete in Sochi after having surgery to repair a compound fracture in her left forearm earlier this week.

“[Tuesday’s] surgery couldn't have gone any better and we're extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Dr. Bovard, the Medical Director for Canada Snowboard.

Ricker had the surgery in Vail, Colo., and will stay there for observation and treatment before returning home to Squamish, B.C. before traveling to Sochi on Feb. 8.

Ricker, injured her arm on Tuesday during training, and X-rays originally showed a more serious injury than had been anticipated. With surgery behind her, the 35-year-old is optimistic that she will be ready to compete in Sochi.

"My goal is to be ready for the start gate in Sochi but I'll definitely hate pulling out of it," said Ricker, who competes in snowboard cross, referring to the start gate at the top of the course.

"I've had a lot of injuries in my career and it's important to stay positive and focus on the privilege of competing for Canada at the Olympics."

"Our coaches and medical team will continue to work with the Canadian Olympic Committee to do everything we can to support Maëlle and make sure that she goes to the start gate on Feb. 16 with competition confidence," said Steven Hills, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard.

"We know that Canada will be cheering her on."

​With files from Canada Snowboard

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