01/30/2014 02:44 EST | Updated 03/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Injured Olympian Maelle Ricker still a medal contender

A 35-year-old Olympic snowboarder from North Vancouver, B.C., expects to defend her gold medal at this year's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia — despite being injured.

Maëlle ​Ricker was the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal on home snow during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She was hoping for a repeat run in Sochi. 

On Tuesday, however, Ricker injured her wrist during a training session. She has until Feb. 17, when the snowboard cross event is being held, to recover. 

Click the video above to see why Ricker is on CBC's "Ten To Watch" at this year's Games.