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Silver for Etherington and Powell

Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell made it three medals from as many events on their Winter Paralympics debut by racing to slalom silver.

The visually-impaired skier and her guide, who had a 0.55 seconds cushion in first place after the first run, produced a solid second one, but were edged out by Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva.

It still secured yet another trip to the podium, following their silver in the downhill and bronze in the super-G, and earned Great Britain their fourth medal in Sochi.

Millie Knight, the 15-year-old Games debutant, was fifth with guide Rachael Ferrier.

Etherington and Powell were the first pair out for the opening run, but, being fastest, went last for the second and missed out on gold by 0.65secs.

Etherington said: "We were aiming for the gold and we didn't get it.

"We were close on the times and we fought all the way.

"We've never been that far back in the pack for the second run and I think that definitely might have affected us, with different snow."

Despite the sense of disappointment, the Games is turning into quite one to remember for Etherington and Powell.

The debutants, who only met last April and have only been skiing together since August, are also all but guaranteed a fourth medal in the super combined.

Etherington and Powell were third fastest on the second run, but still held off Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova by more than a second.

And their sense of disappointment at having to settle for second place was a sign of how much their ambitions have changed over the course of the competition.

Etherington said: "I know we can work really well together, I know we can do it.

"I need to keep that mentality that I can do it, but just actually getting the medal after all these years is amazing."

Powell added: "The first run and second run were very different. The first run we started right at the front and got the best piste we could. The visibility was really good as well.

"On the second run visibility was not so good, it was a bumpier course because we were going down seventh so it's been raced on. We did well, but we didn't do well enough."

In the sitting event, Anna Turney finished in fifth place.