SKIING: Historic medal for Jade at Winter Paralympics

Jade Etherington, left, with guide Caroline Powell. Photo by Tom Farr
Jade Etherington, left, with guide Caroline Powell. Photo by Tom Farr
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Visually-impaired Bourne skier Jade Etherington won a historic silver medal in the women’s downhill at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Saturday.

Former Deepings School pupil Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell swept home in 1.34.28 minutes to claim Great Britain’s first Paralympic medal on the slopes in 20 years.

Etherington crashed heavily just past the finishing line, casting some doubt on the result, but she revealed afterwards she was never worried about losing her medal.

She said: “We had a good run despite my crash at the end. I think I was just so happy to go through the line that I couldn’t stop in time.

“I was aiming for the finish line, saying ‘go, go, go’ and listening to Caroline. I hope I have done GB proud.

“I actually was really happy there was no training run, because personally I feel if you’re going to be scared for your life you might as well get a result at the end of it.”

Etherington is back in action on Monday and Tuesday as she bids to win another medal in Russia.