Ormerod makes history with maiden Big Air World Cup gold

Ormerod makes history with maiden Big Air World Cup gold

07 January 2017 / 21:28

Snowboarder Katie Ormerod battled what she described as some of the toughest conditions she had ever faced to write her name into the history books with victory in the women’s Big Air World Cup in Moscow.

Great Britain had never had an athlete win a World Cup Big Air competition previously – a discipline which will make its Winter Olympic Games debut in Pyeongchang in February next year.

But Ormerod rewrote that stat in style, overcoming extreme temperatures of -29C in Moscow to triumph over her rivals.

Check out our exclusive with Katie from December, as she looks ahead to next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang

The 19-year-old scored 153.75 – with the judges counting the two best runs out of three – to beat World Cup leader Anna Gasser of Austria who accrued 153.50 with Slovakia’s Klaudia Medlova third on 117.50.

The victory continues what has already been a promising season for Yorkshire snowboarder Ormerod after she finished third and second in Korean and Mochengladbach last year.

“I am really happy to get my first World Cup gold here in Moscow,” said Ormerod, who lies second in the World Cup standings.

“It was by far the coldest and some of the toughest conditions I've ever had to compete in but an amazing place. I'm stoked to be on the podium with some awesome riders, Anna Gasser and Klaudia Medlova.”

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