April 3 - Heather Mills, the former wife of Sir Paul McCartney who hopes to qualify to represent Britain at Sochi 2014, has described her performance at the United States Paralympics Adaptive Alpine Speed National Championships as "a dream come true" after she claimed four skiing gold medals last week.
Mills (pictured), who lost part of a leg in a motorcycle accident in 1993, won two super giant slalom and two downhill speed events in Aspen, Colorado, to boost her hopes of representing the ParalympicsGB squad at Sochi.
The model, sporting a plaster cast to protect a broken thumb having suffered a number of injuries since taking up ski racing a year ago, beat Meghan Erickson in all four races on the ski slopes.
"I am absolutely delighted – it is like a dream come true," she said on her personal website.
Mills – vice-president of The Limbless Association, a United Kingdom based charity – paid particular thanks to the London Prosthetic Centre and the Austrian clinic that has created an artificial limb to aid her during difficult racing conditions.
The 44-year-old – who displays the name of her vegan food businesses, The Redwood Wholefood Company and the Brighton-based VBites restaurant, on her ski uniform – insisted that embarking on a vegan, non-dairy diet has helped during competition.
"I fractured my left shoulder twice, snapped my anterior cruciate ligament once and smashed my scapula into five pieces," Mills explained, recounting the injury setbacks she has overcome.
"I became vegan to help the healing process.
"Switching to a plant-based diet has made me feel so alive – it has completely transformed my life.
"I have never looked back."
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