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As we landed in London after an awesome camp in America & Canada winning two Silvers and a Bronze at the World Cup races in Copper Mountain we headed to Glasgow for our Team Launch where we got selected to represent Great Britain at this year 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. We are extremely happy with how our performance and relationship is building and cannot wait to get to Russia and take in the atmosphere.

We have arrived in Tignes, and started our next World Cup races which concentrate on the speedier disciplines in Ski Racing. We have already taken Gold in both the Downhill races! We have a couple of days left here, until we get a rest at home with our families and friends before we head to Austria and prepare for the Winter Paralympic Games. Please follow us @CarolineSkier and @raceyjadeski on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page Jade Etherington. We cannot wait to share this experience with everyone and we look forward to representing our country.

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We update these everyday with photos, thoughts and links to our sponsors and results. 

Twitter: @raceyjadeski or @carolineskier 

JC x

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After a very successful week racing in Panorama, Canada; we flew to Denver in Colorado, USA. 

Here we trained at Winter Park with the NSCD (National Sports Center for the Disabled). Kurt was our coach and we had so much fun training GS and Slalom with the rest of the Americans. We would also like to thank Starline for your support and making our visit welcoming. We both said we would love to come back :) 

We then moved with the other NSCD athletes to Copper Mountain, about an hour away to enter into 4 more races. 

There we competed in 2 Super-g races. Our best results yet! Winning by 2 and 5 seconds per run. http://www.paralympic.org/AlpineSkiing/Calendar 

We were proud of our performance and aiming to repeat and better this in the races throughout the season. We also gained our first 0.00 points which means we weren't just the fastest Vi's but the fastest females in the race across all categories (stand ups and sit skiers).  From our results it has proven we can work well together in a short space of time training and focusing our efforts on being relaxed but well prepared for each race series. For that reason we left the states missing the Slalom races and flew back to the UK on Wednesday. 

We now have 2 days at home before travelling out to Pitztal and Kuhtai on Saturday morning! We are looking forward to catching up with Kelly and Charlotte, our coach and the development squad who have been training in Austria :-) 

JC x

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We set off off the 18th of November to Panorama, Canada, where we entered into the IPCAS Giant Slalom, Super Combined and Super G races, which were our first races since our training block in NZ and Austria. We raced successfully gaining 2 gold and a silver under our belt but most importantly some racing experience under our belt, assuring us that we're working well together as team going into this Paralympic Season. Now, with 100 days to go we are now training at Winter Park, CO with NSCD for our next races in Copper Mountain, and we're looking forward to our first thanksgiving tomorrow with our friends the Umstead's ! JC x

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We have just arrived in Hintertux, Austria after a day’s driving over from the UK. We are here in Tux for 2 weeks training on the glacier hoping to build on our training programme from New Zealand. We are thankful to THULE who supported us with vital equipment for our journey out here including tyres, snow chains and the brilliant ski roof rack. We would also like to thank Salomon for our day bags and new GS ski we hope to try out this week! We have both skied in tux for many years and love staying here in the Hotel Kössler so are looking forward to the coming two weeks with BDST. JC x

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Since our last post we continued training in Cardrona, New Zealand until the end of September. We have been working hard on our technical disciplines in and out of courses going back to strengthen the fundamentals of ski racing. We sadly left Wanaka with the rest of BDST and made our slow journey back to the UK. After a cancellation and a few delays due to a typhoon in Hong Kong; after 3 days of travelling we made it back to the UK, with our entire luggage. We are now both back home recovering! The next two weeks we are working hard in the gym and prepping for our next training camp in Hintertux, Austria this October. We are looking for our final Paralympic season sponsors and supporters so if you are interested please use the contacts page. We will be updating the website frequently and the Gallery will be up soon. Hope you have all checked out our video from NZ below. JC x

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Last week we arrived in Coronet Peak after a very stressful journey where our bluetooth headphone's decided to break, but thanks to the Yamaha Queenstown staff we were able to buy a new pair just before our first ever race together in the Slalom Audi Quattro Winter Games. We did well both days receiving Bronze and Silver in both our Slalom Races. The course was slick and tight, but we managed to concentrate on our distance, communication and finishing our first couple of races together, the medals came as a great bonus to us. 

After a day off back in Wanaka, we then set off for long trip to Mt Hutt for our Speed Events. Unfortunately these weren't as successful but they were definitely a learning curve for the both of us. We will take our mistakes from the Super Combined, and work on them in the forthcoming month we have in Wanaka. 

We decided to not race the Super G at Mt Hutt due to a change in Jade's eyesight the night before. Since being back in Wanaka, Jade has been working on adjusting to her vision, as well as being determined and working hard in the gym on her balance and core strength. 

Cadrona is giving some beautiful Bluebird days at the moment and we both can't wait to get back to training. 

JC x

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Arrived in New Zealand last week for our first camp of the Sochi Paralympic Season. Arrived in great spirits to some amazing weather. The pistes have held up well and and allowed us to get some great training in with help of our coach Tony McAllister. Last week was our first time in the gates together skiing slalom and super g and we made good foundations to build on for the races next week. 

Just want to say a huge thank you to our new sponsors Bawbags, Thule and Salmon as well as our other sponsors for their continued support. It is vital for us to have support at this higher level of the sport, and we would have never have got here without it.

Our races begin next week, and as part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games we will be competing in Coronet Peak on the 23/24 August providing the weather stays good. So watch this space.

JC x

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Look out for blogs on my ski training, thrills, spills and journey to the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

 

 

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