Ticket to slide! Paul McCartney’s ex-wife Heather Mills is crowned the fastest disabled female skier of all time after clocking up an incredible 102mph in France
- Amputee Heather Mills has been recognised as the fasted disabled female skier
- She clocked in a staggering speed of 102.5mph (164.95) down the slope
- Mills lost her left leg after a traffic collision with a police motorcycle in 1993
Heather Mills, ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney, has been officially recognised as the fastest disabled female skier on the planet.
Mills, 55, who has one leg, clocked in a staggering speed of 102.5mph (164.95 km/h) in an attempt in Vars, southeast France, in 2015.
The successful attempt for the former model and amputee has finally been announced in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mills could now snatch another two record-breaking crowns with two more announcements set to follow for her attempts in the skeleton and ski-jump.
Mills clocked in a staggering speed of 102.5mph (164.95 km/h) in an attempt in Vars, southeast France, in 2015
The successful attempt for former model and amputee Heather Mills has finally been announced in the Guinness Book of World Records
Mills lost her left leg after a traffic collision with a police motorcycle in Kensington, London in 1993. Her left leg was amputated below the knee, and she has used a prosthetic limb ever since.
Mills then began her competitive skiing career in 2010 at the age of 42, two years after her divorce from the legendary Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.
Despite her advanced age, she went on to win 4 gold medals at the Skiing World Championship in Aspen in 2012 for the super giant slalom and downhill racing events.
Skiing is the fastest non-motorised sport, and professionals can accelerate faster than most road cars.
In her attempt, Mills went from a standing start to over 60mph in less than three seconds.
On her record-breaking achievement, Mills said: ‘I’m delighted to have finally made it into the book!’
‘I just hope that this goes a little way to providing inspiration to those out there that have suffered similar injuries to my own and that they are able to use it as a source of inspiration to go on and achieve their own dreams and goals, whatever they may be.’
Heather Mills, ex-wife of Sir Paul McCartney, has been officially recognised as the fastest disabled female skier on the planet by the Guinness Book of World Records
Mills then began her competitive skiing career in 2010 at the age of 42, two years after her divorce from the legendary Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. Pictured: Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2002
Heather Mills at the Sports Aid Ski for Gold VIP Race during the FIS World Cup Alpine Skiing, Schladming, Austria, January 19, 2012
Amputee Mills uses a specially designed prosthetic leg to withstand the stresses on the ski slope, which she teamed up with the London Prosthetic Centre to create.
Heading down a mountain slope with a gradient of 48 degrees at such blistering pace, it was crucial that Mills had a prosthetic to cope under the pressure.
London Prosthetic Centre chief Abdo Haidar, who worked with Mills to construct the heavy-duty prosthetic, commended Mills. ‘I have been a prosthetist for many years and made limbs for cycling and horse riding to Paralympic running challenges but nothing compares to skiing. It is the most difficult sport for an amputee.’
Mills said: ‘I am so so happy, ecstatic is an understatement !!! I love to challenge people’s perception of disability and to inspire those in doubt of their abilities, disabled or not, to get off the sofa and do something that will fuel them with the will needed to live this roller coaster of a life.
‘We must not let life fade away before it’s over, we only have a finite amount of seconds, let’s live them.’