Entrepreneur, environmentalist, activist – and now, Heather Mills has a new title to add to her list of achievements. The former model hurtled down a French mountain at a speed of 103.6mph to become the fastest disabled woman on skis.
Heather, 47, who lost the lower half of her left leg and crushed her pelvis after she was knocked down by a police motorcycle in 1993, set the new world record last week in the Alpine resort of Vars, cheered on by her tight-knit team of supporters.
Heather Mills talks exclusively to HELLO! about holding the record as the fastest disabled woman on skis
She carried with her a good luck charm from her 11-year-old daughter Beatrice – a small heart-shaped pebble. "She found it on one holiday in Long Island and she gave it to me as a charm to keep me safe," Heather tells HELLO!. "I never go anywhere without it.
"I had a specially made downhill-skiing outfit which is so tight that when I first put it on, I literally could only wear olive oil underneath so I could actually move.
"I was then told I had to wear an Alpine ski suit under it, which I thought would be impossible. But I managed to get them both on. The only thing I squeezed into a pocket was my little pebble from Bea."
The record was officially confirmed by French notary Robert Viguier and Austrian speed-ski coach Christoph Prüller, who trained Heather in less than two months for the event. Heather said of setting the record: "I feel completely elated. It was such an incredible thing to do. I'm so amazingly proud of myself and my team."
Heather, who took part in Channel 4’s The Jump this year, adds in the interview in HELLO! magazine: "It’s a rare man who can give you the same thrill that going down a mountain at more than 100mph can.”
And she tells how she wants to compete in the new Paralympics in South Korea in 2018 saying: I'll be 50 then – but that won’t stop me.”
See the full story in HELLO! magazine, out now.