Tears for Etherington as she misses out on gold

Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo:  Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636
Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo: Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636
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Partially-sighted skier Jade Etherington had to be consoled by her guide Caroline Powell after the Slalom this morning (Wednesday) where the British pair narrowly missed out on winning a gold medal.

Etherington came second in the Slalom despite posting the fastest time in the first of two runs.

However a strong second run by Russia’s Aleksandra Frantceva allowed her to leapfrog the Bourne skier to take the gold by just +0.65 seconds.

Just after the race an emotional Etherington said: “We are a bit annoyed about not getting the gold after our first run but that is ski racing. We did the best that we could and fought all the way and we still got a silver medal and we still finished the race.

“We both tried really hard and Franceva skied really well so we are really happy for her.

“We will just try and come back stronger

“On that course yesterday she beat us by three seconds so I feel we did really well to have such a close finish at the end.

“We have never gone so far back with so many skiers so on the course I think we did well.”

However Etherington’s stoicism could only last so long.

With the crack appearing in her voice the 23-year-old said: “So many people keep saying I need to complete the set, I am going to cry, it is just a lot of pressure.”

As she began to say “I wanted the gold...” she broke off in tears into the arms of Powell.

Later still sounding downbeat she said: “It is just annoying to not get the gold but we will try harder.”

Powell said: “We always dreamed of gold and Jade has always dreamed of winning gold since she started this sport. But we have still got two more races to go.”

Next up for the British pair is the Super-G element of the Super Combined at 10am on Friday. They currently sit in silver position after the Slalom element of the two run event.