Etherington overcomes sickening conditions in the Super Combined

Great Britain's Jade Etherington, above, and her guide Caroline Powell race to win bronze medal in the alpine skiing, ladies, Super-G, visually Impaired event at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
Great Britain's Jade Etherington, above, and her guide Caroline Powell race to win bronze medal in the alpine skiing, ladies, Super-G, visually Impaired event at the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
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Paralympic skier Jade Etherington overcame foggy conditions which made her fell sick to put together a Slalom run which keeps her in contention for her third medal of the Games at the half way point of the Super Combined at Sochi 2014.

Etherington said after the race that the foggy conditions combined with her limited vision give her a feeling like motion sickness.

She said: “It can be quite sickening not being able to focus.”

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.

Normally the Super-G, which is the speed element of the race, is run first but because of the snow and weather conditions the order of events were reversed and the Super-G run has now been postponed and will be run on Friday.

After a four hour wait the competitors had to switch to the more technical Slalom on an unfamiliar piste.

Etherington said: “The pitch at the top was quite steep and the snow was very different than what we have been training on.

“It was quite hard for us to refocus for the completely new discipline and do the slalom course.

“We managed one training run but the conditions in the course were bumpy and with the fog and the rain as well as the lights coming on made it really difficult.”

Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell clocked a time 1:01.80, which was good enough for fourth, 3.12 seconds behind leader Aleksandra Frantceva of Russia.

However Etherington is expected to be bumped up a place to third when Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova, who was second fastest, is formally disqualified for missing the final gate.

Etherington said: “We have still got another run so it is not over yet.”

The speed element of the event, the Super-G, is scheduled to take place at 10am on Friday.