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Powell picks up a super bronze

PUBLISHED: 13:21 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:21 10 March 2014

Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claimed their second silver medal of the Paralympics in Sochi (pic: Paralympics GB)

Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claimed their second silver medal of the Paralympics in Sochi (pic: Paralympics GB)

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Former Coopers pupil on Paralympic podium again

Caroline Powell admits her and visually impaired skier Jade Etherington have made giant strides on the Sochi slopes after they completed their first ever super-G run together to win Winter Paralympic bronze.

Former Coopers pupil Powell, 19, guided Etherington to a time of 1:29.76 minutes in Rosa Khutor which, despite the latter hitting a gate midway down the course, was good enough for their second medal of the Games.

The pair, who claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the Games with silver in the women’s downhill on Saturday, would have been content to navigate their way to the finish having never done so previously in the super-G.

But Powell insists, despite a few errors on the way down, the pair are full of confidence after a whirlwind start to their debut Paralympics which is by no means over yet with the super combined tomorrow.

“We have got over a lot of boundaries to get here with the super-G races we have done and that was the first time we have been able to complete one together,” said Powell.

“We made a few mistakes and we will put that into the super combined event next as that will be our second super-G race and hopefully we will have a lot more confidence.

“It is hard to quantify it because we had really good parts and really not so good parts. It is making sure we come down with fewer mistakes next time.

“I knew it was going a bit wobbly behind me but as a I said to Jade ‘stay strong, you have got this’ and she did.”

The super-G was actually won by Powell’s teammates Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans, who became Britain’s first Winter Paralympic gold medalists.

World champion Aleksandra Frantceva claimed silver but mistakes from Australia’s Melissa Perrine and Slovenia’s Henrieta Farkasova paved the way for Powell’s bronze.

And, after managing to stay calm despite hearing Etherington’s wobble through their communication headsets, Powell cited their great understanding as the reason why.

“It sort of just comes to me, it is not something I think about,” she added. “After this I don’t think I will be able to ski against anyone without her behind me.

“We are happy to be able to receive another medal and we cannot wait for the next race.”

*Sainsbury’s is a proud long-term supporter of the British Paralympic Association and a champion of inclusive sport for all.

For more information on Sainsbury’s commitment to inclusive sport visit: www.Sainsburys.co.uk/activekids.

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