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Bourne skier Jade dreaming of golden games

Jade Etherington competes in the Disabled Sports USA NORAM Super G race at Copper Mountain in December 2013. Photo: DSUSA, Reed Hoffmann

Jade Etherington competes in the Disabled Sports USA NORAM Super G race at Copper Mountain in December 2013. Photo: DSUSA, Reed Hoffmann

 

Bourne’s partially-sighted skier Jade Etherington is dreaming of gold ahead of this week’s Winter Paralympics.

Jade, 22, will compete for Team GB in the visually-impaired giant slalom event.

She is one of just 15 British athletes taking part in the games in Sochi, Russia, which begin on Friday.

The former Deepings School pupil spent February training hard in Reitering, Austria, before flying to London on Wednesday.

She and her guide Caroline Powell are now making final preparations for the flight out to Russia.

Yesterday she said: “Training has been going well. We have just had a week in Austria to fine tune our routine down each course.

“We are both feeling good going into Sochi. We leave tomorrow and excited to get to the village and see our rooms and get on the hill.

“We were watching the Olympics in Austria, which was very exciting and scary to watch the men’s downhill and all races run knowing we will be competing on that run in the next week.

“It was definitely inspiring watching Team GB athletes compete and win medals last week. We can’t wait to hopefully do the same.”

Jade was born with Axenfield’s syndrome, a genetic condition that causes fluid blockages in the eye and can lead to total blindness.

She competes with her guide Caroline Powell, who skis in front of her to give radio directions.

Since the pair began skiing together they have claimed numerous medals, including two golds in the IPC World Cup downhill events in Tignes, France, in January.

The women’s visually-impaired giant slalom event begins on March 16 at 9.30am local time (5.30am in Britain).

Jade and Caroline will do two runs on different courses. Times from the two runs are added together to determine the final order.

The full schedule for the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics can be found online at http://paralympics.channel4.com/.

 

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