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.”