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Snowboard news - Katie Ormerod is riding high and pain-free

Ormerod riding high and pain-free
By Sportsbeat

09/01/2019 at 17:05Updated 09/01/2019 at 17:58

Katie Ormerod is back on her snowboard and riding pain-free for the first time in almost a year.

The British star took to Twitter to announce that she had "no pain" after training at the indoor snow dome in Castleford.

The 21-year-old was one of Britain's greatest hopes for a medal at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last February before she suffered a horror-injury just three days before the competition was due to begin.

A fractured heel left the snowboarder in a Seoul hospital for over a week and signalled the beginning of what has been almost a year-long recovery process.

Now Ormerod is "stoked" to be back riding again as she shared the news with her Twitter followers, accompanied by a picture of her smiling on the Castleford indoor slopes.

"YAY!! Back on my board and for the first time in almost a year I had no pain! Honestly can't explain how stoked I am right now," the starlet wrote.

It hasn’t been a simple road to recovery for the X-Games and multiple World Cup medallist – she has previously spoken about her battle with depression and the fear that her career might be over.

"All I have ever known is snowboarding. I started when I was five and in my head I've always seen myself snowboarding for as long as physically possible," she told BBC Sport.

" "I couldn't get to grips with the idea it could be career-ending. I really didn't want that to happen.""

Now she is fit and riding again Ormerod can focus on her preparation for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and putting the nightmare in Pyeongchang behind her.