He doesn't expect blanket coverage, but six-time Winter Paralympic gold
medallist Michael Milton thinks Channel Seven could learn a lesson from
their New Zealand neighbours. Milton said Seven's coverage "hadn't done
it justice" - they offer a highlights package at 11am and 11pm the
It meant he couldn't watch Simon Patmore become Australia's first
Winter Paralympic gold medallist in 16 years live - especially
disappointing given Milton was the athlete whose tracks Patmore was
He won four gold at the Salt Lake City games in 2002.
The TV station has come under fire in recent days for their lack of
coverage, which has left fans resorting to watching streams of people
recording footage on their phones.
Milton wasn't expecting the Seven Network to show everything, but he
felt it should be showing live footage of Australians competing.
He pointed to New Zealand where they had six hours of live coverage on
the opening day on Saturday.
"[It's] Channel Seven's first effort broadcasting the games - I would
love to see it better," Milton said.
"I think it's unrealistic to expect blanket coverage like the Winter
Olympic Games, but there's justification for some prime time viewing
and some events live.
"When you compare the coverage here with other countries - last
Saturday was the first day of sporting action and in New Zealand you
could watch six hours live coverage.
"In Australia you could watch that day's action the next day at 11am
... they haven't done it justice."
Milton was fitting in his Winter Paralympic viewing around work, family
and getting ready for an attempt to get his third world record.
The 44-year-old cancer survivor will attempt to break 32 minutes 55
seconds for five kilometres on crutches at the AIS track on Friday at
He's even aiming to break the 30-minute barrier as he also raises
awareness for the charity Kilted to Kick Cancer, which focuses on
While he felt a kilt was too heavy to run in, he's instead found a
tartan netball skirt that he'll don for the cause.
The idea came out of his regular park runs, which made him confident he
could set a new world mark.
It will add to his two other world records - he's the world's fastest
skier with a disability, reaching 213.65km/h, and has done the fastest
marathon on crutches of five hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds.
"I'm looking forward to a bit of pain tomorrow. Thirty minutes is going
to be about digging deep," Milton said.
"I've done all the training, all my equipment's sorted, just looking
forward to digging deep and hopefully achieving my goal."