Meet Australia's fastest ever skier.
Michael Milton is not only the world's fastest skier with a disability but he
also holds the Australian record for the fastest on-snow run ever...regardless
of the limb count.
In April 2006, just weeks after he'd competed in his fifth Paralympic Games,
Milton stood atop the fastest hill in the world and, about two minutes later,
laid claim to the 15-year-old open Australian record.
His new speed of 213.65km/hr beat the old mark (212.26km/hr) by 1.39km/hr which
put him over the line about a gumleaf's width quicker than Nick Kirshner.
Now retired, Kirshner says he and 'Milto' are mates and he's been following his
progress as he edged closer and closer to the Australian best.
'Last year he called me to say he'd done it, he'd smashed my speed. The bugger
was only joking but it took my breath away,' said Kirshner. This time, on the
other side of the world, Milton thought he may have a job convincing his
'He knew I was fair dinkum this time. He'd been watching the weather and the
snow conditions. He knew it was fast and he knew it was on. Nick's a nice guy.
He just said "About bloody time",' laughed Milton.