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THE KATIE ORMEROD INTERVIEW - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Saturday October 27, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Dreams of Olympic glory turned into a nightmare for GB's top female snowboarder. 8 months on she is back on crutches after operation number 7.





She was tipped to win not one but two Winter Olympics medals.

As one of the world's best slopestyle and big air snowboarders, a World Cup champion and an X Games bronze medallist, Ormerod - then 20 - was the poster girl for Team GB in the lead up to the Games.

Katie OrmerodTeam GB poster girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all came crashing down - quite literally - when she landed badly in training on the Pyeongchang slopestyle course, splitting her right heel in two.

Just 24 hours earlier she'd given herself and the rest of us a scare, suffering a minor wrist fracture in training.

That injury would not have stopped her competing but the heel was serious.

Very, very serious.

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Katie OrmerodIn hospital in South Korea - photo Katie Ormerod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"I've had a lot of injuries over my career but they were paper cuts compared to this one," she tells us.

"I have never experienced pain like it. It was a really traumatising time, to be honest.

"I definitely wouldn't want to go through anything like that again but, you know, I am going to come back stronger and fitter than ever."

It's been a long, hard road for Ormerod, both mentally and physically.

In September she got back on her snowboard for the first time and last week she had a day in the Austrian mountains.

Katie OrmerodBack in the mountains in Stubai, Austria - photo Katie Ormerod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It proved too painful, so on Monday she had her seventh operation to remove the screws in her heel, which were thought to be the culprits.

Katie OrmerodScrews out, Monday 22nd October - photo Katie Ormerod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four days later, she spoke to us at PlanetSKI about the injury, her slow recovery and her plans for this winter and beyond:

Katie OrmerodLooking forward to being back on her board in 2019
















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