March 2007: Disappointing snow falls in Europe have forced Michael Milton,
Australia's fastest skier, to delay another speed skiing record attempt
Milton normally spends March and April each year competing on the
international speed skiing circuit but will stay in Australia following
news that many races have already been cancelled. This will be the first
season he has missed since taking up the sport four years ago when he first
broke the world record for an athlete with a disability. His 2006 speed of
213.65km/hr is also an Australian open record.
Milton is saddened he wont get a chance to improve on his speed this year
and says he will miss the thrill of the hill.
"At this time of year I can't wait to get on a speed skiing track and fly.
It's so much fun, so frightening and a real test of my skills and my wits.
But I have no say in the weather. It's a long way to go for one or two
runs," said Milton.
Instead, he will spend that time training and competing in an attempt to
make the Australian team to compete at the World Cycling Championships in
France in August. In February Milton won a gold medal in the 300m pursuit
at the Australian Track Championships, breaking the Australian record along
"I have plenty to do now that I've become serious about cycling. It's great
to be learning new things and training hard. I'm pretty much at the bottom
on the international cycling scale but definitely moving up."
He will also spend some time working on his presentation skills. A popular
speaker for corporate events, Milton is keen to develop and more physical
"It's one thing to talk about challenging yourself but I'm
really interested in working alongside others to explore their
boundaries. Walking up a hill early in the morning is a great start to
a conference. Doing it with a one-legged guy makes it that much more