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Powell and partner ‘yet to hit top form’

Guide Caroline Powell (left) and visually impaired skier Jade Etherington have won three medals so far at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi (pic: Danny Lawson/PA) Guide Caroline Powell (left) and visually impaired skier Jade Etherington have won three medals so far at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi (pic: Danny Lawson/PA)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:08 PM

GB duo in hunt for third Paralympics medal

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Caroline Powell warned that her and visually impaired skier Jade Etherington are yet to hit top form at the Winter Paralympics, even though they find themselves on the cusp of a third medal in Sochi.

Former Coopers pupil Powell, 19, led Etherington to a time of 1.01.80 minutes in the slalom element of a severely disrupted and foggy Super Combined event today – that initially placed them fourth.

But disqualifications to Slovakian Henrieta Farkasova and Australian Melissa Perrine saw Powell and Etherington promoted up to second place with only two other competitors remaining.

The British pair need only complete the rescheduled super-G element on Friday to guarantee a third medal – after silver and bronzes so far – but Powell isn’t even thinking about another trip to the podium just yet.

“I am glad that we have got down and that we are able to race another day and bring on the Super-G,” said Powell, who has seen the rescheduling of the super-G element bring the individual slalom forward to tomorrow.

“In the morning it was so foggy you couldn’t even see the gate in front of you in the super-G so I am glad it was postponed.

“We don’t tend to look at the results because it is only half of the race done. It’s good to have a pinpoint of where you are in the field, but for us it is about performance and we can definitely take something forward from our slalom and put it into our super-G.”

Powell, making her Paralympic debut as a guide to Etherington, could win as many as three more medals in Russia, but is keen to keep a level head and remain focused.

“We just keep saying ‘yes, we have won a medal, but we still have another race’ and we need to stay focused because it is another opportunity for a medal,” she added.

“It definitely gives us a confidence boost for the individual slalom event and we love the slalom – we just get really excited for it.”

*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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