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Etherington wins third silver at Paralympics
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Jade Etherington has become the star of the the Games for GB but was disappointed not to get gold. Kelly Gallagher won a gold earlier as interest in disabled skiing is on the increase.

Jade Etherington has now won 3 silvers and a bronze.

She came second in the super-combined on Friday with her guide, Caroline Powell.

She won a sliver earlier in the week and was disappointed not to take gold.

"We're a bit annoyed we didn't get gold because we tried really hard. We did a good first run," Jade said after her second silver. "It's just a bit annoying as we wanted to go for gold."

Last Saturday Jade Etherington took silver in the Downhill and on Monday she won bronze in the partially sighted Super-G.

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Jade Etherington was born with Axenfield's syndrome, a genetic condition that causes fluid blockages in the eye and can lead to total blindness.

Her eyesight has gradually deteriorated and she now has only five per cent of vision.

She first tried skiing during a family holiday and is sponsored by the company that first took her, Snowbizz.

"Snowbizz is a great company and has supported me from the beginning where I learnt to ski when I was eight and throughout my trials for the development team and now onto the World Class programme," said Jade Etherington.

Families who have been on holiday with Snowbizz this winter are wishing her well.

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The four medals so far represent the best performance by ParalympicsGB.

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The Paralympics is focusing attention on skiing for disabled people.

This week we have been out with the Skiing with Heroes charity in Klosters.

It helps disabled ex-servicemen ski and find work.

See here for that story.

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For an earlier film we made with Disability Snowsport UK see the video below from PlanetSKI reporter, Jane Peel.

 

See here for the full story from Jane Peel.

The report below on Wednesday's skiing events comes from the British Disabled Ski Team.

"The weather in Rosa Khutor improved slightly today with yesterday's rain being replaced with light snow.

It was still foggy but things were certainly much better for the competitors and spectators alike.

 

The main event today was the women's Slalom and for the first time, all the Great Britain women were in action as 15 year old visually impaired athlete Millie Knight and her guide, 18 year old Rachael Ferrier started their first Paralympic race.

The pair performed brilliantly, finishing 5th and gaining lots of experience in competing at the highest level.

There was more medal success for ParalympicsGB as Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell picked up Silver, their 3rd medal of the Games.

The pair were leading after the first run but were just beaten into second place after a storming second run from Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva.

Anna Turney continued her run of top 5 finishes as she finished 5th in an action packed women's sitting classification Slalom.

Anna briefly held the lead but saw herself slide out of medal contention as the final few competitors came down.

She will try again on Friday in the Super-G portion of the Super Combined event to see if she can edge slightly further up the table and claim a medal.

Unfortunately there was less luck for Super-G Gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans as Kelly fell 4 gates from the end of their first run.

The pair had been skiing very well until that point and would have been challenging for another medal had they finished.

The girls have one last chance to win their 2nd medal of the Games when they race in the Giant Slalom on Sunday.

Tomorrow it's the turn of the men to tackle the Slalom course and we will get our first chance to see all our male athletes in action as teenagers James Whitley and Ben Sneesby join the competition.

James is Great Britain's only standing classification athlete whilst Ben will be competing against Mick Brennan in the sitting classification.

The action starts at 11.00am  (UK time) with the 2nd run setting off at 3pm (UK time)

Finally , there was a slight error in yesterday's email - Kelly and Charlotte finished the Downhill in 6th place and didn't have a DNF as was shown."

 

The report below on Tuesday's skiing events comes from the British Disabled Ski Team.

"Rain and fog blanketed the slopes at Rosa Khutor today and caused the Super-G portion of the men's and women's Super Combined event to be postponed until Friday.

The bad weather just about let up for long enough for the Slalom portion of the event to be run, but conditions were far from ideal, with the fog in particular causing problems for all the athletes.

British hopes were dealt an early blow when newly crowned Paralympic Super-G Champion Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans failed to finish after Kelly crashed out three quarters of the way down the course.

She was uninjured and the pair remain upbeat despite the slightly up and down nature of their Paralympics so far (DNF, Gold, DNF!).

There was better news for fellow VI athlete Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell who finished the Slalom run in 2nd place and in a great position to challenge for their 3rd medal of the Games.

Anna Turney finished 5th despite a mistake which saw her nearly miss a gate.

She recovered to ensure that she completed the course but finds herself a long way off the pace.

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However, with the Super-G portion still to be run and the sit skiers finding the conditions particularly difficult, she is still in with a chance of a medal on Friday.

Britain's only male athlete in the event, Mick Brennan, was again one of the last competitors out of the gate (88th out of 90 starters) and had to contend with conditions more akin to a ploughed field than a Slalom course.

A brilliant, controlled run saw Mick conquer the slope and find himself in 9th position overall at the half way stage - a stunning achievement when you consider that barely a third of the men's sitting class managed to finish.

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The bad weather has also meant that the organisers have needed to amend the schedule for the alpine skiing events.

The men's and women's Super-G races of the Super Combined have been moved to 14 March from 10am (UK time), replacing the women's slalom which will now be held on 12 March with the first run at 5am and the second run at 8am (UK times). The men's Slalom will run according to the current schedule on 13 March.

With the women's Slalom being brought forward by a couple of days, this will mean that we will get the chance to see our 3rd female VI athlete, Millie Knight, in action tomorrow with her guide Rachael Ferrier.

Millie was the Great Britain Team flag bearer at the opening ceremony and at 15 years old, is Great Britain's youngest ever winter Paralympian.

This will be Millie and Rachael's first taste of Paralympic competition and it will be vital experience for them both as they work towards the next winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. Millie will be joined in the women's VI class by Kelly & Charlotte and Jade & Caroline whilst Anna Turney will be racing in the sitting class.

As on previous days you will be able to see all the action on www.paralympicsport.tv and on Channel 4.

You can also get more information on the whole ParalympicsGB Team at http://sochi.paralympics.org.uk/ as well as on Twitter @ParalympicsGB (use the hashtag #GoParalympicsGB) and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ParalympicsGB

The weather forecast for tomorrow is not very good with more fog and rain around but hopefully this will not stop our female athletes pickup up some more medals."

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