Congratulations to Maelle Ricker! The phenomenal Canadian snowboarder has capped off a great season by taking the Canada Snowboard Nationals for the second straight year!
This ends a season that included a gold medal at the Olympics and the World Cup championship. Wow, Maelle.
She beat out Carle Brenneman of Comox, British Columbia as well as beating American Jacqueline Hernandez and Chloe Banning.
“I’m pretty happy”, Ricker said. “It’s been lots of fun to ride with all the young girls and a good get together for Canada snowboardcross”.
For the men, Kevin Hill of Vernon, British Columbia took the victory, as he beat out Jake Holden of Caledon, Ontario and Robert Minghini and JJ Tomlinson of the U.S.
This marks a solid season for Hill, who was very close to earning a spot on the Canadian Olympic team this year. His best World Cup finish this year was sixth. “It feels pretty good to win the last race of the season, it just tops the whole season off,” said Hill.
Other Canadian notables competing included Rob Fagan of Cranbrook, B.C., who finished in seventh place, and Francois Boivin of Jonquiere, Que., in eighth. Mike Robertson of Canmore, Alta., was knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals because of a crash. Drew Neilson, also of Vernon, did not start.