Katie Ormerod is a member of the GB Park and Pipe team who was due to compete in snowboarding Big Air and Slopestyle competitions before sadly having to pull out due to two fractures in separate training incidents on the eve of the Games.
Interestingly, Katie’s journey with snow sports began on skis at just three years old, before she discovered the joys of snowboarding at the age of five. Katie was also a county level gymnast, which has no doubt had a positive impact on her snowboarding career thanks to the athleticism and spacial awareness required in the discipline.
Ormerod has already achieved a lot in her career, from becoming the youngest female snowboarder to land a double backflip, to successfully completing the world’s first Backside Double Cork 1080 by a woman.
Aged just 20, she is setting herself up incredibly well for PyeongChang 2018. Ormerod became the first British woman to win a Big Air World Cup competition in Moscow last season and built on her success by winning silver in Milan this month. After Jenny Jones’ success bringing home a bronze in Sochi 2014, Ormerod is determined to reach PyeongChang 2018 and bring back a medal of her own for GB Snowboarding.
It could be quite the family affair over in South Korea for Ormerod, as Ormerod’s fellow snowboarder and cousin Jamie Nicholls is also hoping to bring home some good results for Team GB.