Women's Sport: Katie Ormerod finishes third in Calgary

2020 U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain - Day 4

British snowboarder Katie Ormerod continued her podium form by finishing third at the latest snowboard World Cup event in Calgary, Canada.

With this bronze, the 22-year-old has finished in the top three at all four events so far this season. 

There is just one event to go and Ormerod looks on track to win the snowboard slopestyle World Cup, as she currently tops the rankings. In Calgary, she won bronze with a score of 68.71 after qualifying for the finals in seventh place.

Canada's Laurie Blouin won the event with a score of 79.56 and Norway's Silje Norendal placed second with a score of 75.68. Blouin is ranked second in the overall standings, 200 points behind Ormerod.

This is Ormerod's first season back competing after breaking her heel in training just days before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

After having surgery in South Korea, Ormerod embarked on a journey of rehabilitation that saw her have multiple skin grafts and further surgery. 

This season she has come back with a bang, winning slopestyle bronze at the Laax Open in Switzerland, followed by silver at Seiser Alm in Italy, then bronze again at the US Grand Prix in California.

Ormerod isn't just having success in the slopestyle discipline, she is currently second in the park and pipe overall World Cup standings, with China's Xuetong Cai topping the rankings.

The season's final event will be held in the Czech Republic at Spindleruv Mlyn in March.

If Ormerod holds on to her top finish it would be not just her first World Cup win, but the first time a British woman has won either a snowboarding or skiing World Cup.

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