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Snowboarder Katie Ormerod had a real chance of two medals for Team GB but has been ruled out after suffering a serious injury.

It's devastating news for the 20-year-old and for Team GB.

She says words can't describe how gutted she is to miss the event she's dreamed about competing in for years.

Ormerod severely fractured her right heel bone while training on the Pyeongchang slopestyle course on Thursday.

She had emergency surgery on Friday morning and had two pins inserted into her heel to stablise her bone.

She will spend a week in Seoul Hospital before returning to the UK to start her rehab.

Ormerod was due to compete in the snowboard Slopestyle on Sunday and Big Air later in the Games.

She was hotly tipped in both events and was considered to be the athlete with the best chance of picking up two medals for Great Britain.

The injury was Ormerod's second in as many days.

She suffered a minor fracture to her wrist in her first training session on Wednesday but that injury was not serious enough to rule her out of competition.

The athlete posted these pictures on Instagram on Thursday night.


Out of the OlympicsOut of the Olympics

Early on Friday morning she said this on her Facebook page:

Yesterday sucked! After dreaming of competing at the Olympics for years, I finally got there and received the most bad luck I've ever had! After breaking my wrist on the first training day I was determined to still train, compete and do my best but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. I severely broke my heel into 2 pieces so having surgery in a couple of hours to get it fixed. Words can't describe how gutted I am but thank you to everyone for all your support and kind words!! Also a massive good luck to my team mates competing this guys better kill it!

Fixed with 2 pins!Fixed with 2 pins!

Katie Ormerod training in PyeongchangKatie Ormerod on her first training day - photo GB Park & Pipe

Mike Hay, Team GB Chef de Mission said: "We are deeply sorry for Katie and her fellow snowboarders who have lost a valued member of their close-knit team. She is a world class competitor across both disciplines and we are desperately disappointed for her. From everyone at Team GB we wish her all the best for her recovery."

Dan Hunt, British Ski and Snowboard Performance Director said: "We are all devastated for Katie who was in strong form coming into the Olympics. She is a talented athlete and wonderful role model.

"At a young age she has already achieved highly within the sport, most recently with gold at the World Cup in Russia last year. Her determined and fearless nature will see her come back from this and reach the exciting potential and future that is ahead of her.

"We wish her all the best and with four park and pipe snowboarders competing, her team mates will now be giving their all for her as well as their nation over these Games."

Katie Ormerod has an impressive CV littered with medals from elite competitions.

She is a World Cup gold medallist and an X Games bronze medallist.

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PlanetSKI spoke to her in the autumn about her Olympic dreams.

We also caught up with her in Laax, Switzerland, last April, when she was still recovering from a broken back sustained in training for the 2017 World Championships.

In the first Big Air World Cup of this season in Milan, Ormerod picked up a silver medal, but she's had a light competition schedule since, concentrating on training and preparing for the Winter Olympics.

Pyeongchang was her main goal.  She had just missed out on qualifying for Sochi four years ago and this would have been her Olympic debut.

It will probably be little consolation now but she has youth on her side.

She's only 20 and will surely be in the mix at Beijing 2022.

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