Paralympic silver

Thurrock Gazette: Sochi 2014 success for Langdon Hills ski racer Sochi 2014 success for Langdon Hills ski racer

PARALYMPICS: 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.

The 19-year-old, from Langdon Hills, 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 1.34.28 minutes 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.

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