Sunday 23 October 2016

Mills races to a ski world record

Published 06/04/2015 | 00:06

Heather Mills has set her sights on competing in the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea
Heather Mills has set her sights on competing in the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea

Model-turned-entrepreneur Heather Mills has claimed a new title - the fastest disabled woman on skis.

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Mills, who lost the lower half of her left leg and crushed her pelvis after she was knocked down by a police motorcycle in 1993, set the new world record last week in the Alpine resort of Vars cheered on by a tight-knit team of supporters.

The 47-year-old told Hello! Magazine she was "amazingly proud" after she hurtled down the French mountain at 103.6mph.

She said: "I feel completely elated. It was such an incredible thing to do."

Mills carried a good luck charm from her 11-year-old daughter Beatrice - a small heart-shaped pebble, saying:"She found it on one holiday in Long Island and she gave it to me as a charm to keep me safe.

"I never go anywhere without it.

"I had a specially made downhill-skiing outfit which is so tight that when I first put it on, I literally could only wear olive oil underneath so I could actually move.

"I was then told I had to wear an Alpine ski suit under it, which I thought would be impossible. But I managed to get them both on. The only thing I squeezed into a pocket was my little pebble from Bea."

Mills, who married Sir Paul McCartney in 2002 and was divorced from the former Beatle in 2008, said: "It's a rare man who can give you the same thrill that going down a mountain at more than 100mph can."

She also said she wanted to compete in the Paralympics in South Korea in 2018, saying: "I'll be 50 then - but that won't stop me."

:: Read the full story in HELLO! Magazine out now.

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