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Katie Ormerod reveals new mindset after career-threatening injury

The Brighouse 22-year-old became the first British woman to win a prestigious Crystal Globe in March.

After seven operations and the prospect of never being able to snowboard again, Katie Ormerod has good reason to view the coronavirus lockdown with a healthy dose of perspective.

The Brighouse 22-year-old became the first British woman to win a prestigious Crystal Globe in March after the snowboarding season was curtailed due to the spread of the virus with her poised at the top of the rankings.

It was a remarkable feat for Ormerod, who underwent seven operations on the heel she broke on the eve of her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, and feared her promising career could be over.

Katie Ormerod is itching to get back into training for Beijing 2022 (Red Bull)

Ormerod told the PA news agency: "Since my operations I've had such a good mindset because the bottom line is there's no pressure and I was just glad to be back in the mountains again.

"Obviously what's happening at the moment is far from ideal but I have learned to think positive and I can't wait to get back on my board, because there was a time I wasn't sure if it would happen.

"I just keep reminding myself why I snowboard and not worry about the external difficulties or pressures. I love competing and I'm already looking towards qualifying for Beijing in 2022."

Katie Ormerod broke her heel in two places in a freak training accident (Red Bull)

Ormerod, who was regarded as one of Team GB's best prospects for a medal in South Korea, said she "knew straight away" that her Olympic hopes were over after her accident.

Subsequently, Ormerod would endure a painful period of rehabilitation which included five operations for skin grafts alone, and which were guaranteed to rule her out for at least a year.

Ormerod recalled: "It was a freak accident, the way I landed I broke my heel clean in two places. The pain was unbearable, and I knew straight away I would not be competing.

"Going through all that pain definitely changed my mindset. At one point I thought (the injury) could be career-ending. But now I've got that Crystal Globe and there's just the Olympic medal to tick off my bucket list."

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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