The young snowboarder has fractured her right heel and will not compete in Pyeongchang

A severely fractured right heel sustained in training earlier today has ruled Katie Ormerod out of competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The GB Park and Pipe athlete will undergo emergency surgery tomorrow morning after scans revealed she has broken her heel in 2 places. The 20-year-old was due to compete in Big Air and Slopestyle Snowboard disciplines this month in Korea.

Training had got off to a bad start when Katie fractured her wrist on Wednesday when landing awkwardly off a rail feature, but the hardy athlete vowed to still compete. Things went from bad to worse on Thursday when another tumble resulted in a fractured right heel bone and shattered Olympic dreams.

There was plenty of expectation on the Brighouse based athlete heading to Pyeongchang after a recent spate of good form, something Katie touched on when she spoke to Elevation magazine about the upcoming Olympics:

“I've heard a lot of stories from people at Sochi who said it just the most incredible experience but really overwhelming so I’m just gonna take it in my stride. I get really nervous at contests, so I keep my mind active, walk about, do squats and lunges, just keep moving. I'll be doing stuff like that going into the Olympics just to keep my mind busy and not think about the pressure too much.”

“There are three things that I've always wanted in my career – to win a world cup, an x-games medal and an Olympic medal. I’ve ticked off two of the boxes just got the Olympics now.”

After winning World Cup Gold last season and taking home medals in the X Games in her career, Katie went in to Pyeongchang as one of Team GB’s best medal hopes. Jenny Jones made history when she won Bronze in the Slopestyle in Sochi and there were hopes that Katie could echo Jenny’s successes.

Dan Hunt, British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director said "At a young age she has already achieved highly within the sport, most recently with gold at the World Cup in Russia last year.  Her determined and fearless nature will see her come back from this and reach the exciting potential and future that is ahead of her.”

With age on her side the 20-year-old has every chance of returning to elite competition after recovery, so she can bag that Olympic medal she dreams of. We have a feeling she will be back, they make ‘em tough in Yorkshire.