Heather Mills tells Special Report about her bid for a skiing medal at the Winter Paralympics

Last Updated: 13/11/12 12:30pm

She might be better known for her charity work and her marriage to one of The Beatles, but the latest chapter in the life of Heather Mills sees her going for Winter Paralympics gold.

The former wife of Sir Paul McCartney is part of the British disabled Ski Team preparing for the 2014 Games in Russia and Sky Sports News caught up with them at their training camp in Hintertux, Austria.

Mills, who had her left leg amputated following a car accident in 1993, joined the British Developmental Squad two years ago. She told Special Report about the chance encounter which saw her become involved in the sport - and her medal hopes in Sochi.

"I went on a skiing holiday when I was 21 and just did recreational skiing occasionally and then I didn't ski for a long time," Mills said.

"Then I was invited on a holiday to Austria around the time the Icelandic volcano went off and I didn't know how to turn very well, but I loved speed and going straight.

"My ultimate aim is to win a medal in Sochi in Russia. More than one would be great, but any medal would be amazing."

Heather Mills

"I got stopped by the Slovenian Masters team and they said I was doing over 100kph on slalom skis and said I should ski race.

"I said it was a bit late - then I was 42 - and I said I've got one leg. They said I should try out for the disabled skiing, so I tried out for it and trained like crazy week-on, week-off between Austria and England and I absolutely love it.

"My ultimate aim is to win a medal in Sochi in Russia. More than one would be great, but any medal would be amazing.

"I'm 44 and have been racing for two years. By then it'll be three-and-a-half years, so if I get a medal it'll be a miracle."

Injuries

Mills has suffered injuries to both cruciate ligaments, her shoulder and her ankle while pursuing he downhill dreams over the last couple of years.

But she says it has all been worth it and that spending her days on the slopes of Hintertux has been a pleasure.

"What an office," she says of her surroundings.

"Sometimes it's like the arctic and you can't even see your hand in front of you, but on a great week it's stunning.

"On days like that you can't ever call it work. It's physically demanding, but mentally so freeing.

"This is not a job, this is amazing and a real privilege to be doing."