Bronze medallist Etherington congratulates team mate on Sochi gold

Great Britain's Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell on their way to winning the silver medal.
Great Britain's Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell on their way to winning the silver medal.

Double Paralympic medallist Jade Etherington was first in line to congratulate her Great Britain team mate Kelly Gallagher this morning after she won the nation’s first ever gold on the slopes.

Bourne’s Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell claimed the bronze medal in the Super-G at the Rosa Kuhtor Alpine Centre this morning (Monday) despite a hairy moment when Etherington clattered a gate, temporally losing a guide pole.

Etherington, who won silver in the Downhill on Saturday, said: “We are really happy to get a medal out of it and we are so excited for the girls as well they did brilliantly.

“She [Gallagher} did really well. We said good luck like we do every morning and it was good to come down and see her get gold.”

After the race Etherington and Powell reflected on their own performance in the speed event.

Etherington said: “I felt awful on the course and you saw the quite big mistake I made over the late jump.

“I took a gate and my pole came off and I was just trying really hard to carry on and get the pole into the right place and get into that tuck and follow Caroline.

“I knew it wasn’t as good as yesterday but we are really happy that we finished and I didn’t crash at the end.”

Powell, who skis in front of Etherington giving her instructions over a radio system, said: “I was just saying stay strong, get on the outside edge and just go, go go for it because we didn’t know what the time was at that point and I just wanted her to get down safely with the least mistakes we can.

“We did have a few mistakes but we are going to put that into our Super Combined tomorrow and inspect the course a bit more and see where we can maybe make up a bit of time.”

The two medals in the Super-G puts Great Britain into eight place on the medals table, two places ahead of the United States.

Etherington and Powell will be back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) hoping to add to their and Great Britain’s medal tally in the Super Combined.

The Super Combined consists of a single run of slalom and a super G run. The winner is the skier with the fastest aggregate time across the two disciplines.

Etherington said: “Its the same course, its the same hill. It was slower today obviously because it was the Super-G. “The Super Combined is the Super-G and a Slalom together and we both love slalom so we just need to get on the small planks out and just go for it.”

Coverage of the pair’s next race starts at 5.30am on Channel 4.