Search

Powell reveals secret to silver success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 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)

Archant

Former Coopers pupil begins Paralympics in style

Caroline Powell revealed a moment of relative calm before 90 seconds of madness was the secret to success as she guided Jade Etherington to Paralympic silver in the women’s downhill at Sochi 2014.

Former Coopers Coborn pupil Powell, 19, competing at her first ever Winter Paralympics, took time to calm visually impaired skier Etherington at the top of the course at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre.

And it clearly worked as Powell’s guidance helped Etherington finish in a time of 1min 34.28secs to place second behind eventual winner Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia.

That result earned Great Britain a first Winter Paralympic medal on snow since 1994 and made history as it was the first ever skiing medal won by a British woman at the Games.

And Powell, who only teamed up with Etherington in August last year, insists the pair’s ever-growing friendship – especially at the start – was vital to their success.

“We’re happy we stuck to our plan. We were really excited so we knew that being excited rather than nervous usually means we will have a good run,” said Powell.

“I’m so proud of Jade and what she’s done. At the top of the hill we went away from the rest of the group and had a chat, and we said to each other ‘we can do this’. And we’ve done it!

“We kept the communication up, I think that’s a big thing. In our training run we had a lack of communication so we really wanted to build that into our last run.

“We thought ‘it’s our last downhill run, we’re just going to go for it, whatever happens, happens’ and we got down. It’s basically a friendship so you have to build a friendship and that can take years.

“In our case we had to build it within a short space of time, but we were really honest with each other from the beginning.

“She taught me so much about guiding, I just went with what she said and it has just worked, it has come together now and we’re just so happy.”

Remarkably it was just Powell and Etherington’s third competitive downhill run together – the first two, however, did warrant two gold medals at an IPC World Cup event in January.

And with four more events to come at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre high above Sochi, starting with the women’s Super-G tomorrow Powell is optimistic of more success.

“Jade really helps me out because I don’t have to look behind myself most of time,” she added. “She’s always saying ‘yes, I’ve passed the gate, yes, let’s go’ and I just go for it.

“It’s nice to have that behind me and nice to know she’s there so I don’t have to turn around.

“We take great confidence from this, but I think it’s a new discipline the next day and we need to refocus, get our heads down again and just take it as it comes.”

*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.

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

16:00

Urchins boss looking forward to a break from football after defeat at Thurrock

The experienced bowler is expecting his first child at the end of June and is set to hand over the captaincy to Shahbaz Khan for the rest of the season

14:00

Daggers boss expected to rest players with National League play-offs in mind

A poor first-half for the Crow Lane club resulted in division rivals Rochford Hundred winning the Essex Intermediate Cup last Saturday

12:38

Women will meet at Lee Valley on June 10

11:46

Club confirm annual benefit match with county XI

11:00

Daggers stopper says victory over Woking would be perfect way to warm up for Forest Green Rovers tie

10:00

Bowler back in groove ahead of Royal London Cup campaign

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now