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well he is a bit off his best form having been concentrating on the speed records but I want this guy to get al least ONE gold this time....

Awesome record... awesome skier

Name: Michael Milton
Born: 21/03/1973, Canberra, ACT
Resides: Canberra, ACT
Occupation: Professional athlete
Club/Institute: AIS/NSWIS
Previous Paralympic Games: 1988 Innsbruck; 1992 Albertville; 1994 Lillehammer; 2002 Salt Lake City
Career Highlights: 4 Gold medals - Slalom, Downhill, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom - at Salt Lake City
Other Honours: 2003 Laureus World Athlete with a Disability of the Year Recent Results: Set World Downhill speed skiing record of 210.40km/h
Discipline: Alpine Skiing
Classification: LW2
Disability: Single above knee amputee

Michael Milton was just 14 when he skied in his first international competition – the 1988 Paralympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Since then Michael has been following winter around the world.
Four years later at the 1992 Winter Paralympic Games in Albertville, France, Michael won Australia’s first winter gold medal, Olympic or Paralympic
The 2002 Salt Lake Paralympic Games saw Michael realise a ten year goal, when he won all four alpine skiing gold medals. In recognition of this achievement, Michael was awarded the 2002 Laureus World Athlete of the Year with a Disability at a star-studded gala ceremony in Monte Carlo.
Winning four medals at the 2004 World Championships brought his Paralympic/World Championship medal tally to 22 - 12 of them gold.
Looking for a new challenge, Michael took up speed skiing and, in April 2003, set a new World Record for a skier with a disability, clocking 193.13km/hr on the world’s fastest track in Les Arcs, France. Since then Michael has continued to improve his speed and his current record stands at 210.40 kph.
Michael has had an impressive start to the 2005/06 ski racing season winning the Super-G event at the IPC European Cup held in Pitzal, Austria in December 2005. Michael also came 6th in the Slalom and 7th in the Giant Slalom.
The Torino Games will be Michael’s fifth Paralympic Games. He has won 10 Paralympic Medals - 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.
Michael is currently ranked 2nd in the world in Giant Slalom, 5th in Super-G and Downhill and 8th in Slalom.
Michael has won many prestigious awards including the 2004 Dawn Fraser Award, the 2002 and 2003 Australian Sports Awards Athlete of the Year and the 2002 Australian Paralympian of the Year.
At the age of nine, Michael underwent eights months of intense chemotherapy for bone cancer before his left leg was amputated.

© Australian Paralympic Committee
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If you ever see a supposedly "disabled" skier ski, you will be humbled. What an inspiration! It makes me glad to be alive.
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I have a long time friend who is a blind skier. Her husband skis in front of her and she follows the sound of his skis! She has been doing this for over twenty years and she's much better than the average skier on the mountain. It boggles the mind...
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I had the distinct and humbling privalege to watch an apparent trip from a group of single legged children skiers at my local resort. After watching them ski it doesnt appear that having one leg is much of a liability at all in alpine skiing. Sort of like monoboarding. The determination it must take to START skiing on one leg is unfathomable, without the ability to widen the stance and snowplow, it must be like forcing a beginner to ski with knees locked and skis parallel or fall. And the greater necessity for a stronger leg. Made me moer appreciative, but also puts it in perspective that if you love skiing, nothing can keep you from the mountain.
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Mister K - they have nice radio headsets for our blind skiers....

yes Milto rips.... almost certainly the fastest skier in Oz - able bodied or disabled....

10 paralympic medals 22 podiums in WC/paralympics...

our younger contingent are not bad either....
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I met some of the people vying for spots in the US team for the Paralympics a while back and they were a focussed, serious bunch. I think that adaptive skiing is now at such a high level, it qualifies as sport side by side with other modes of skiing. I wonder if we'll see, for instance, able-bodied people competing in sit-skiing?! It could happen.
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One of the best organizations in Park City is the National Abliity Center. They have a very strong program for skiers with every kind of disability. I don't think I have ever skied a day at PCMR with seeing someone in a ski chair or a bind skier being lead around the mountain.
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