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Jade makes history with fourth Paralympic medal

Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo:  Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636

Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo: Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636

 

Bourne’s partially-sighted skier Jade Etherington once again made history today, becoming the first British athlete to win four Winter Paralympic medals at a single games.

Etherington, 23, and her sighted guide Caroline Powell, 19, took silver in the visually impaired Women’s Super Combined in Sochi this morning (Friday).

Their time of 2.28.38 in the Super-G section left them just 0.63 seconds behind Russian Aleksandra Frentceva, who began the day over three seconds ahead.

The British pair sat in fourth spot after a Slalom run in thick fog earlier this week. But Slovakia’s Henrieta Fakasova and Australia’s Melissa Perrine were later disqualified, moving Etherington up to second.

Etherington and Powell reached speeds of up to 96kph during their impressive run at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre this morning. They said before the race that gold was their target, and almost achieved their aim with the best time of the day.

US athlete Danelle Umstead finished third to claim a bronze medal.

Today’s medal makes it three silvers and a bronze for Etherington and Powell. Their final race of this year’s games will be the Giant Slalom early on Sunday morning.

Speaking to the BBC after her race, Etherington said: “It was a really tough run but we tried and we really went for it over the jumps and carried a really good line throughout the different parts of the course and made up a couple of seconds.

“It was a good solid performance - it’s just a bit annoying that it was so close again to Frantceva.

“I think we do need to look at the fact every race we have finished and won a medal and it’s only me and Frantceva who have done that so I’m really proud of that and going out fighting on that hill which is a scary hill.

“It hurt my legs putting everything into it because we didn’t want to settle for silver.”

Powell added: “It was probably the best run we’ve ever done in Super-G and I think we had everything bang on, apart from one gate, but that always happens somewhere.

“Jade coped really well with the terrain and it was a good run.”

 

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