Michael Milton

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Michael Milton and Lisa Llorens at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Paralympics

Michael Milton (born March 21, 1973 in Canberra ) is an Australian ski racer. With ten medals, including six gold ones, he is one of the most successful athletes at the Winter Paralympics . In 2003 he was named Disabled Sportsman of the Year with the Laureus World Sports Award .


Milton lost a leg as a teenager after suffering from bone cancer . At the age of 14 he first took part in the Paralympics in Innsbruck . Four years later he won his first gold medal in Albertville , the first ever victory for an Australian in the history of the Winter Paralympics. His most successful games were the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake City , where he won gold in all four disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill).

In addition to his success at the Paralympics, Milton also won eleven medals at the World Disabled World Championships, including six gold medals.

Milton has also been speed skiing since April 2003 and immediately improved the 16-year-old world speed record for one-legged people to over 193 km / h. In April 2005, he was the first athlete with a disability who could break the 200 km / h mark and screwed the record to 210.4 km / h.

Michael Milton has also been active in track cycling since 2007 and successfully took part in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing : in the time trial , he finished 8th.

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