Bourne ski star Jade Etherington has made more history at Sochi after becoming the first Briton to win four Winter Paralympic medals at a single games.
The 23-year-old visually impaired skier and her guide Caroline Powell stormed to silver in the Women’s Super Combined in Sochi on Friday morning.
The pair clocked a time of 2.28.38mins in the Super-G section of the event, which left them an agonising 0.63 seconds behind Russian Aleksandra Frentceva, who began the day over three seconds ahead.
The British aces were in fourth spot after a tough Slalom run in the first part of the event, which was contested amid thick fog on Tuesday. However, when Slovakia’s Henrieta Fakasova and Australia’s Melissa Perrine were disqualified, they were bumped up to second.
Etherington and Powell, who communicated via Bluetooth headsets, almost reached speeds of 100kph during their Super-G run as they posted the fastest time of the day.
It wasn’t enough for gold, but the second place makes it three silvers and a bronze for Etherington and Powell, who will be back in action in the Giant Slalom on Sunday morning.
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.”
Teenager 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.”