British snowboarder, Katie Ormerod, has returned to competition in Cardrona, New Zealand, for the first time since breaking her heel in February 2018.
The 21-year-old sustained the devastating injury while training before the start of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018, and the medal hopeful was subsequently forced to pull out of the Slopestyle competition. Ormerod had already broken her wrist in training in the day before but had planned to compete nonetheless.
The British star initially feared the injury would be career-ending and after battling through seven surgeries, Ormerod started her return to the sport earlier this year. This began when she starred in this year's Europa Cup slopestyle circuit and impressively secured two podium finishes.
The Yorkshire native Ormerod continues to show outstanding progression in her rehabilitation, and this season she has already won the big air competition in the Australia New Zealand Cup.
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She made her return to the World Cup circuit yesterday in the Cardrona big air competition and qualified in second place behind Finland's Enni Rukajärvi.
In 2014, Ormerod started making global headlines as the first woman to land a Double Cork 1080 aged just 16 and is one of British winter sports' most exciting athletes. She will definitely be one to follow as the season progresses, especially looking ahead to the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022.
With the Cardrona final round due to take place on 25 August, the day she turns 22, Katie will be hoping to top off her birthday with a well-deserved podium finish after a long journey back to the top.News Now - Sport News