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The GB freestyler skier has suffered another serious knee injury. However another Katie is on the mend.





The two-time Winter Olympian Katie Summerhayes has ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament for the third time.

She was skiing in New Zealand at the time.

Summerhayes, who's 22, announced the bad news on social media.

"I am so heartbroken and gutted as all I want to do is go skiing," she said.

"As you all know, I will be back."

Summerhayes said she hit the knuckle on a big air jump and hurt her knee.

At first she didn't think it was too bad but an MRI revealed the worst.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet and I don't feel like it will do for a while."

Teammates and fellow Olympians have posted messages of support on her Instagram post.


Summerhayes, whose younger sister Molly competed alongside her at the 2018 Winter Olympics, has twice had reconstructive surgery on her knee.

Molly & Katie SummerhayesMolly & Katie Summerhayes - photo Team GB
















She is one of Great Britain's leading freestylers with a handful of World Cup podiums to her name.

She was also the Junior World Champion in 2014.

When ski slopestyle made its debut at the Sochi Olympics, she finished 7th, a result she repeated in Pyeongchang in February four years later.

Katie SummerhayesKatie Summerhayes in Pyeongchang
















After a series of setbacks she returned to top form in 2017 before picking up a serious ankle injury two months before Pyeongchang.

The slopestyle event at the Games was her first competition since that injury and after hurting the ankle again during training she was almost unable to compete.

Her 7th place in Pyeongchang was particularly impressive considering the pain she was in.

She, however, was disappointed, telling the media she didn't consider it a great result.

Katie SummerhayesA tearful Katie Summerhayes in Pyeongchang















"It doesn't feel like that right now. I'm gutted," she said immediately after.

"I've worked so hard in the past four years. I got injured two months ago. It's going to hurt for a while, I think."

With the new World Cup season approaching, this latest injury will be another bitter blow.

Summerhayes is likely to be out of action for several months.

Meanwhile GB's top female snowboarder, 21-year-old Katie Ormerod, has been back on snow for the first time since she fractured her heel in training in Pyeongchang.

It's been a long road to recovery and, while she's yet to make it to the mountains, she clearly delighted to back on her snowboard.

Katie OrmerodKatie Ormerod back on her snowboard - photo Katie Ormerod Facebook




















"Yay!! Back on my board!! Baby steps right now, just getting used to the skin graft but it felt soooo good!!" she said on Facebook.

"Nice to see all my hard work in the gym paying off - So stoked!!"

All of us at PlanetSKI wish both Katies the very best in their recovery.

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