Search

Powell pushing for golden finish

08:00 14 March 2014

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)

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Coopers pupil aims to top Paralympics podium

Caroline Powell will always remember winning an opening-day silver on her Winter Paralympic debut – Great Britain’s first female medal of any colour in skiing.

But with two events with visually impaired skier Jade Etherington still left, former Coopers pupil Powell insists returning home a champion is her main focus in Sochi.

While the pair celebrated ownhill silver on day one of the Games, the same result in the slalom on Wednesday brought tears of disappointment.

Having led at the halfway stage Powell and Etherington, who also won super-G bronze, fell short of gold by just 0.65 seconds – knowing they may have let victory slip their grasp.

The second half of the super combined concludes today (Friday) where only three competitors remain, meaning any finish will secure another medal.

Whatever colour it may be, if they finish the pair will earn a fourth medal in Sochi, a feat no other British Winter Paralympian has managed at any single Games.

A gap of 3.12secs separates them from Russia’s Aleksandra Frantceva in first, but Powell has vowed to risk it all in search of the gold.

“I’m loving it here, the experience has been amazing. I couldn’t ask for anything better – except a gold,” said Powell.

“We love the slalom and we came out fighting in our second run, but it’s a different race, a different course so your expectations change, especially after the first run.

“We did well, but we didn’t do well enough. We will approach it [second half of super combined] the same way we approach any other race – go in to perform the best we can.

“And if that performance is good enough to win a gold, it’s good enough to win a gold and if it’s not, it’s not.

“We don’t want to go in just to get a medal because we can, we want to go and get the best possible result we can.”

Powell and Etherington will see their first Winter Paralympics conclude with the giant slalom on Sunday, with the potential to medal from all five alpine skiing events.

But Powell, who only began ski racing with Etherington towards the end of last year, insists quantity will not trump quality if a gold is up for grabs.

“We want to come down performing at our best as usual,” she added. “We want to go in and get the best possible result we can and if that means going out there and skiing the hardest we’ve done then that is what we will do.”

*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

15:00
Jeff Stelling takes on the Men United March in aid of Prostate Cancer UK in March (pic: Prostate Cancer UK)

Soccer Saturday presenter thanks footballing world for backing ahead of epic walk for Prostate Cancer UK

14:00
New Lakeside Hammers coach Kelvin Tatum (white) in action at the 2015 Rico Spring Classic (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Tatum looking forward to fans’ forum

12:20
Ladi Brown attacks the net for Leopards against Worthing (pic: Paul Phillips)

Big Cats bidding for home-court advantage

11:00
Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham & Redbridge and Paris Cowan-Hall of Wycombe Wanderers (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2015-16 season

09:12
Joss Labadie of Dagenham & Redbridge (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge captain urges team to keep fighting after Wycombe loss

Angelo Ogbonna scores the winner v Liverpool

Hammers centre back Ogbonna says too soon to talk about winning the FA Cup

Yesterday, 16:30
George Perkins in action for England against France during last season's Under-20 Six Nations (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA)

Former Coopers Coborn winger to tackle Italy in under-20 Six Nations

Yesterday, 16:00
London Raiders celebrate a goal against Invicta (pic: John Scott)

Defenceman Oliver disappointed by double setback

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe