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GB's No1 female snowboarder Katiie Ormerod made her long-awaited return in the Big Air in New Zealand. It could hardly have turned out better.





Despite being away from World Cup competition for almost two years, Katie Ormerod has returned to the top of the sport in the best way possible.

Standing on a World Cup podium.

The snowboard podiumThe snowboard podium

















The 2019/20 Snowboard World Cup big air season commenced at Cardrona with qualification taking place a day earlier than scheduled due to an ominous weather forecast.

In her first World Cup appearance in 629 days, Ormerod was third after the first run, then improved to second place with her backside 720 mute.

It earned her a score of 83.75.

While organisers were hopeful of running a final on Saturday morning, the conditions weren't suitable for competition.

It meant the results from qualifying stood with Ormerod earning her seventh overall World Cup podium (six in big air, one in slopestyle).

Ormerod in action, c/o Chad BucholzOrmerod in action, c/o Chad Bucholz















Finnish veteran Enni Rukajvari (86.00) scored her fourth career World Cup victory to edge out Ormerod.

Norway's two-time World Championship medallist Silje Norendal (83.00) was third.

"I'm so excited to come second in my first World Cup back since injury," said Ormerod.

"It was great to ride in such a high level contest and I'm really happy with my riding.

"It couldn't be a better way for me to start the season."

Ormerod in action, c/o Chad BucholzOrmerod in action, c/o Chad Bucholz















The result is an early birthday present for Ormerod who turns 22 on Sunday.

She now draws even with Zoe Gillings-Brier and James ‘Woodsy' Woods with seven top-three World Cup finishes, equal fifth on Britain's all-time list.

The next Snowboard World Cup big air competition will take place in Italy in November.

Congratulations have been coming in...

From 10 starts, Ormerod has finished in the top 10 nine times with a 2017 victory in Moscow among five podium performances.

She is clearly thrilled to back at the top after such a tough year.

"SO EXCITED to qualify in 2nd place into the Big Air World Cup Finals here in Cardrona, NZ!! ✨ My first World Cup back since injury!! Finals are tomorrow!" she said on social media on Friday.

Her post prompted good wishes and congratulations from her fans.

Facebook reactionGo Katie!











Facebook reactionGo Katie!















Facebook reactionGo Katie!













Just making it back to the sport's biggest stage is already an amazing achievement for Ormerod.

She has overcome seven surgeries on her way back to competitive snowboarding.

Katie Ormerod's Olympic dream was shattered on the eve of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

A training injury not only ruled her out of the Games, but also out of competition for more than 12 months.

She was tipped for medals and was aiming for gold.

Ormerod severely fractured her right heel bone while training on the Pyeongchang slopestyle course in 2018.

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

Katie OrmerodIn hospital in South Korea - photo Katie Ormerod


















See here as we reported on her serious injury back in February 2018:

Katie Ormerod training in PyeongchangKatie Ormerod at the Olympics - photo GB Park & Pipe

She was tentatively back on snow, at an indoor centre in the UK, last January.

Returning to competition late last season, Ormerod scored two Europa Cup slopestyle podiums in her comeback events in Livigno in Italy.

Earlier this month she claimed a big air victory at the Australia New Zealand Cup in Perisher.

1st in the Big Air, Perisher1st in the Big Air, Perisher




















Here at PlanetSKI we last caught up with Katie at the London Ski Show last autumn:

Katie OrmerodLooking forward in autumn 2018


Katie Ormerod in action, c/o Sam MellishKatie Ormerod in action, c/o Sam Mellish















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