Great British snowboarder Katie Omerod recently returned after almost a year out with a double ankle break and is setting her sights on the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.
Speaking on her return, Omered said:” I recently came back from a five-week trip to New Zealand and that was my first time back on the snow and it went really well, my ankle felt great and I was hitting some jumps and rails so i’m looking forward to this upcoming season.”
With the World Cup in due course Omerod is looking to build on the Crystal Globe that she won in the Snowboard Slopestyle, becoming the first British woman to do so.
“It’s going to be pretty full on trying to make the majority of the worlds, especially with a lot of it being post Christamas, but my main aim now is to get all of my tricks back and then get stuck into tournaments.”
Suffering an inury as big as a double heel break can be difficult to recover from for any athlete, but for atheletes in winter sports it’s an individual process so there are plenty of barriers to overcome.
Omerod discussed the mental barriers that she had to overcome in her recovery. “One of the biggest things was to not think about getting injured again because they are common in this sport so its something I have to get on with.”
“I know the risks but I have to put those to the back of my mind, knowing that i’m good now im just looking at the positives and trying to focus on what’s next to come.”