Mayor Gregor Robertson declared February 24, 2010 Canada Snowboard Team Day to honour women's snowboard cross gold medalist Maëlle Ricker and congratulate all of Canada’s snowboard competitors at the Olympic Winter Games.
"Our Canadian Snowboard Team has put on an amazing performance during these Games," said Mayor Robertson. "Maëlle Ricker is the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal at home and snowboard cross silver medalist Mike Robertson is among the first Canadian Olympians to win a medal. We wanted to pay tribute to them and their teammates to let them know how much their performances have meant to all of us.
"As team members prepare for their final competitions in parallel giant slalom on February 26 and 27, we want them to know that all of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada are behind them."
Ricker was the first British Columbian, and Metro Vancouver native, to win a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Born in North Vancouver she now lives in Squamish. Robertson lives in Canmore, Alberta.
Mayor Robertson also paid tribute to Squamish resident Justin Lamoureux who placed seventh in the halfpipe, the best-ever Canadian finish in Olympic Games halfpipe competition.
Mayor Robertson was accompanied by Ricker and members of the Canadian Snowboard Team, Vancouver City Councillors and Jamaican Ski Cross competitor Errol Kerr, the sole Jamaican athlete competing at the Games, as he read the proclamation at LiveCity Yaletown declaring Canada Snowboard Day.
The tribute took place between the two major musical performances at LiveCity Yaletown on Wednesday evening: the Montreal band Chocolat and Damien "Jr. Gong" Marley from Kingston, Jamaica.
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