Ill Jade Etherington withdraws from the Giant Slalom

Great Britain's Jade Etherington, left, and her guide Caroline Powell race to win silver medal in the women's downhill, visually impaired event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) EMN-140313-103220001

Great Britain's Jade Etherington, left, and her guide Caroline Powell race to win silver medal in the women's downhill, visually impaired event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) EMN-140313-103220001

0
Have your say

Partially-sighted skier Jade Etherington had to withdraw from the Giant Slalom yesterday (Sunday) because of illness.

Running up to what would have been her fifth event of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games the partially-sighted skier from Bourne felt unwell and had been under the close medical supervision of the ParalympicsGB Chief Medical Officer, Dr Stuart Miller.

On Sunday morning Jade still felt unwell and she, her guide Caroline Powell and Dr Miller made a joint decision that she should not race in the Giant Slalom.

On Sunday Great Britain Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said: “Whilst it is extremely disappointing for Jade and Caroline that they won’t be able to compete in their final race of the Games, their welfare and wellbeing is our primary consideration at this time.

“Jade is doing better today, but the demands of ski racing at this level mean that she would not be competing at her best and this potentially puts her safety at risk.

“Jade has had an exceptional Paralympic Games and her performances for ParalympicsGB have been outstanding. Her withdrawal from the final event in no way diminishes her fantastic achievements here in Sochi.”

On Friday Etherington became Great Britain’s most successful winter Paralympian when she won her third silver medal of the Games, her fourth in total including a bronze in the Super G.