Bourne skier Etherington wins World Cup gold

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

Winter Paralympics bound Bourne skier Jade Etherington has capped a great week which included being named in the GB Paralympic team for Sochi 2014, by winning her first IPC World Cup downhill gold.

Etherington, 22, and her guide Caroline Powell who skis in front of her to give radio directions, claimed gold in Tignes, France, yesterday (Tuesday).

The former Deepings School pupil said: “Today [Tuesday] was our first time racing a Downhill together, so was going to be a big day.

“Our training run was scary but we learnt from our mistakes and skied the race run better.

“We finished in 1st place winning my first ever World Cup Gold.”

The pair finished more than two seconds ahead of the United States duo of Danelle Umstead, and husband guide Robert.

Etherington has been selected as one of just 15 athletes to represent Great Britain in the winter Paralympic Games.

She competes in the visually impaired giant slalom.

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

Most of the time Etherington skis at speeds of more than 60mph with just five percent of her full vision.

After the Paralympic GB team was announced on Thursday Etherington said: “I am so excited to be selected for the Paralympics GB team.

“I have been working really hard for the last six years to compete at Sochi and represent GB.

“I feel proud to have earned my place and excited to see how my preparations and my performance will be at the games and hopefully make my family, friends and Lincolnshire proud.”

Great Britain has never won a gold medal at the winter Paralympics and the visually impaired skiing in Sochi represents one of the best chances of coming top of the podium.

The winter Paralympics runs from March 7 to March 16 and will be televised by Channel 4.