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Etherington becomes GB's most successful female Winter paralympian

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Jade Etherington had already become the first British female medalist on snow at a Winter Games © Getty Images
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Visually-impaired skier Jade Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell have become the most decorated British women in Winter Paralympics history.

The pair won silver in Friday's super combined event - their fourth of the Sochi Games following silvers in the downhill and slalom and bronze in the super-G, which sees them overtake Denise Smith, who won three silvers in ice sledge speed racing in 1984.

Etherington trailed leader Aleksandra Frantceva by 3.12 seconds following Tuesday's downhill and while they managed to close the gap to 0.63 seconds, it wasn't enough to snatch gold.

Etherington's Sochi success so far

  • March 8: Silver (Downhill)
  • March 10: Bronze (Super-G)
  • March 12 Silver (Slalom)
  • March 14: Silver (Super Combined)

Etherington and Powell have one more shot at topping the podium in Sunday's giant slalom, where GB team-mates Millie Knight and Rachael Ferrier will also take part, as will Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans - who have already won Britain's first ever Winter Games gold.

"It was a really tough run but we tried," Etherington told BBC Sport.

"We really went for it over the jumps and carried a really good line throughout the different parts of the course and made up a couple of seconds.

"It was a good solid performance - it's just a bit annoying that it was so close again to Frantceva.

"I think we do need to look at the fact every race we have finished and won a medal and it's only me and Frantceva who have done that so I'm really proud of that and going out fighting on that hill which is a scary hill.

"It hurt my legs putting everything into it because we didn't want to settle for silver." Powell added: "It was probably the best run we've ever done in super-G and I think we had everything bang on, apart from one gate, but that always happens somewhere.

"Jade coped really well with the terrain and it was a good run.

"Three seconds is a lot to make up. I never expected us to be that close at the end."

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