Winter Games Athletes
Ricker began snowboarding as a 13-year old, hitting the slopes with her older brother Jorli. The woman who is nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" picked up the sport quickly, and now she is set to participate in her fourth Olympics. Ricker began her career on the halfpipe, finishing fifth in that event in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. After missing the Salt Lake City games because of a knee injury, she switched to snowboardcross, reaching the finals during the event’s debut at the 2006 Olympics. A crash in the race prevented her from medaling that year, but Ricker made history four years later. In 2010 in Vancouver, she became the first Canadian woman to win gold on home soil when she took first place in the snowboardcross. Ricker will look to return to the medal stand once again, despite undergoing surgery in January after suffering a compound fracture in her left forearm. The setback proves how tough the "Mighty Mouse is," as she has a history of succeeding after an injury, capturing first place at the 2013 world championships after she broke her left hand and damaged nerves in her left shoulder at that same event two year prior.