CBC Sports - Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014 20:45 ET

Maëlle Ricker, Olympic snowboard cross champ, to have wrist surgery

Canadian medal contender suffers injury during training in Colorado

Maëlle Ricker
Maelle Ricker's chances of defending her Olympic gold have taken a hit after she suffers a wrist injury while training. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
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Maëlle Ricker's road to Sochi and hopes to defend her snowboard cross Olympic title took a serious hit on Tuesday.

The reigning World Cup champion suffered a wrist injury while training in Aspen, Colo., and will undergo surgery.

The Canadian Olympic Committee released a statement saying the 35-year-old from North Vancouver, BC., decided to have surgery on her wrist after consulting with her coach and team staff.

"While the timing of this injury is very unfortunate, we know that Maëlle is an incredibly resilient athlete that has battled back from several injuries over her career to accomplish great things for Canada," said Steven Hills, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard.

"We hope that Maëlle's surgery is successful and believe that she will have every opportunity to join Team Canada in Sochi with the goal of competing in the snowboard cross event on February 16."

Canada Snowboard is expected to provide more information following Ricker's surgery.

She's the second Canadian snowboard medal hopeful to go down with a serious injury in the past few days. On Saturday, men's slopestyle star Mark McMorris cracked a rib during X Games competition.

Carle Brenneman of Whistler, B.C., would replace Ricker if she cannot compete at the Olympics.

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