By David Gold

Heather Mills_with_trophy.jpg-largeMarch 30 - Britain's Heather Mills performed impressively at the United States' Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships in Aspen, Colorado, as she claimed the women's downhill standing race to boost her chances of competing at the Winter Paralympics.

Mills, the former wife of Beatles singer Sir Paul McCartney, has been training in a bid to compete for Britain at Sochi 2014.

Competing at the American championships and NorAm competition, she beat Meghan Erickson to win the women's super-G standing in 1min 25:76sec, before defeating the same opponent in the downhill standing in a time of 1:01.70.

Mills also beat Erickson in the same two races in the NorAm, finishing in a time of 1:45:13 in the downhill standing and 1:26:18 in the super-G.

The 44-year-old suffered a serious injury last year when she broke her right shoulder blade in the Austrian Alps, before suffering a leg injury in December.

But this was her second victory of the year having last month won the Austria Cup. 

Mills has bought a ski chalet in the Alps as she bids to make it onto the ParalympicsGB squad for Sochi, with selector Dave Chugg having previously told insideworldparasport that she stood a chance of competing in 2014.

"Not a bad achievement for someone who is 44," said Mills.

"Most racers start when they are about four years old.  

"My long term aim is to go for gold in the 2014 Paralympics."

Mills aside, the rest of the United States' top alpine skiers were also on the slopes of Aspen in Colorado, testing their skills one last time at the end of a gruelling but rewarding World Cup calendar.

They were battling it out for honours in the US Paralympics Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships and the NorAm on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen.

Alana Nichols_March_30Alana Nichols (pictured), who just lost to team mate Laurie Stephens in the battle to win the World Cup super-G sitting title this year, had a good run, winning both downhill races during this week's competition – taking both national titles.

Stephens was second in both downhill races, whilst Lindsay Ball took both women's visually impaired titles to finish her season in a high.

Nichols then capped a brilliant week by dominating both races in the super-G sitting to claim those titles.

Nichols will hope to cap a fine year at this summer's Paralympic Games, where she hopes to be a part of the wheelchair basketball squad.

Tyler Walker also claimed four titles this week as he took both downhill sitting and then the super-G sitting crowns.

Joe Lujan won the men's downhill standing title in the National Championship, before losing out to Ralph Green in the NorAm race.

Another competitor with reason to celebrate was Staci Mannella, who took both super-G titles in the women's visually impaired category.

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