Katie Ormerod Fractures Heel, Will Miss Olympics
Unfortunately, injuries are a part of every sport, and the Olympics’ many events are no exception. Katie Ormerod, a 20-year-old Briton scheduled to compete in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air contests, fractured her wrist in a practice run two days ago (Wednesday), but that injury wasn’t serious enough to merit withdrawing from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. However, she would later fracture her right heel in two places, which is a significant injury that requires emergency surgery and will see the Olympian miss the Games entirely.
While not listed atop the Bovada or Bet365 betting boards prior to her Olympics-ending injury, Ormerod was a hopeful to medal, as she was coming off two stellar 2017 outings, having won the Slopestyle World Cup Gold in Moscow and the Bronze in the Aspen X Games. In 2014, Ormerod became the first female snowboarder to successfully pull of the infamous double cork 1080, and she had podium experience in another event in PyeongChang back in 2016. As such, she definitely played a big part in Britain’s stated goal of winning at least five medals in this year’s Winter Olympics.
Though this is a setback for Team Great Britain, it shouldn’t be a huge setback for Ormerod herself. She has a history of returning from injuries stronger, faster, and better than before, and – if her jovial spirit post-injury here is any indication – she should be back in the Winter Olympics come 2022.
For interested bettors in sports betting states, just remember that injuries are a big part of the Olympic Games, and – even if many athletes’ injuries won’t make national news – you should make every effort to follow all the official Olympics injury reports online before placing your wagers. No matter an athlete’s odds to win a given event, injuries affect every moneyline on sportsbooks’ Olympic boards.