Katie Ormerod: The world's unluckiest Olympian

Britain’s Katie Ormerod soars through the air during the snowboard women’s World Cup big air event near Milan, Italy, in 2017. Ormerod fractured her heel in two places on Thursday, and will miss the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. (AP)

British snowboarder Katie Ormerod may be the unluckiest Olympian at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea — and the games haven’t even started yet.

Ormerod fractured her wrist on Wednesday while training, but was determined to compete in the Olympics. You don’t need your wrist to snowboard, so the 20-year-old kept going.

But while training on Thursday — just one day after fracturing her wrist — Ormerod fractured her right heel in two places.

“Yesterday sucked,” Ormerod told BBC. “I was determined to still train, compete and do my best but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Ormerod will have “emergency surgery” on Friday, and has been ruled out of competing in PyeongChang. Ormerod was a favorite among British snowboarders to medal, having won the bronze medal in the slopestyle at the 2017 X Games in Aspen, Colorado.

“After dreaming of competing at the Olympics for years, I finally got there and received the most bad luck I’ve ever had,” Ormerod posted on Instagram. “I severely broke my heel in two 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!”

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