Etherington wins historic silver

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Jade Etherington won her third silver medal of the games in the women’s visually impaired Super Combined, missing out on gold by 0.63 seconds after a superb Super-G. 

First place went to Aleksandra Frantceva of Russia, but Etherington now becomes the first British athlete to win four medals in a Winter Paralympic or Olympic Games.

The slalom part of the Super Combined on Day Five saw only three skiers complete the course, meaning competitors were guaranteed a medal as long as they finished their Super-G run. 

Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell were 3.12 seconds off the lead going into Friday’s run and produced a near-perfect display to put pressure on Russian rival Frantceva.

I didn't think I'd win one medal here, let alone four. To make history twice in one week is amazing - Jade Etherington

But Frantceva’s tactical approach ensured she did just enough to win her second gold and fourth medal of the Games. Her first gold came in the women’s slalom on Day Five, in which Etherington also had to settle for second place.

“Obviously, it was so close again to not get the gold,” a disappointed yet proud Etherington told Channel 4. “It still hurts the same but we got the medal and had a great run.

“After the slalom - that was a really tough day - we wanted to go out and do our best. We did that, but we didn't ski fast enough. 

“I tried to just go for it and I hope the times show that we put everything in it and fought all the way. We’ve medalled in every race, so we can’t really ask for more.”

Etherington added: "It's crazy! Especially as this is my first ever Paralympics. I didn't think I'd win one medal here, let alone four. To make history twice in one week is amazing."

I stuck to doing what I was told to do... the race went well and felt clean - GB's Mick Brennan

In the women’s sitting Super Combined, Anna Turney’s frustrating Games continued when she crashed out in her Super-G run. 

Only two sit-skiers completed the event, Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber and Anna-Lena Forster, who took gold and silver respectively. For Schaffelhuber, it was her fourth gold out of four in Sochi.

Turney said: "I really went for it today, that's the only way to race. I'm happy that I raced it hard and now I'm looking forward to the giant slalom."

Mick Brennan finished eighth in the men's sitting Super Combined, which was won by Canada's Josh Dueck, with Heath Calhoun from the USA and Roman Rabl from Austria completing the podium.

Brennan was stopped part way through his first run so that a crash in the finish area could be cleared and he had to return to the start gate for a second attempt. 

“It was a difficult race," he said. “I was nervous going into it but I think that helped me to race, I stuck to doing what I was told to do. But the race went well and felt clean.”

On the restart, Brennan added: “I saw the yellow flag waving. But I'd made a few mistakes in that top bit so the second run gave me the chance to do them again.”