Mills races to a ski world record
Published 06/04/2015 | 00:06
Model-turned-entrepreneur Heather Mills has claimed a new title - the fastest disabled woman on skis.
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."
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