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Ormerod: I’m in the best possible position to win medals at Pyeongchang Olympics

Katie Ormerod: I’m in the best possible position to win medals
By Eurosport

27/01/2018 at 20:45Updated 27/01/2018 at 21:50

Team GB snowboarder Katie Ormerod says she is in a good position to bring back medals from the Pyeongchang Olympics, which get underway in less than two weeks.

The 20-year old is a genuine medal contender in both the Slopestyle and Big Air events at the forthcoming winter games, and says she feels confident in the run up to the event.

She said: "I feel like I'm in the best possible position to bring back a medal.

"I've had the best two seasons of my career and loads of podiums, which has really boosted my confidence.

"I'm feeling really good and I'm not letting any of the pressure get to me, I'm just trying to get there healthy and fit. I've got all the tricks I want and I'm riding really well, so I feel I could bring back a medal."

Having won bronze at the Olympic test event and becoming the first Briton to win a World Cup Big Air competition, Ormerod follows in the footsteps of Jenny Jones who won slopestyle bronze at the Sochi games in 2014.

Ormerod, who began her sporting career as a gymnast, cut her teeth at Halifax dry slope.

"My friends back home don't really get what I do," she said. "I have to show them videos. It's a lot easier than telling people I fly off jumps the size of houses.

"Snowboarding is an action sport, it's extreme and dangerous. I've had injuries throughout my career but I love it that much that I wouldn't want to do anything else.

"When I broke my back I didn't realise how bad it was. It was pretty scary when they told me but I never thought for a minute I'd miss the Olympics again. Now I'm going I just want to make it happen."