Heather Mills took part in the Star Challenge Celebrity Ski Race on Monday 8th January in Austria as part of the programme in the Audi Ski World Cup in Flachau, a village in the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the Salzburg state, Austria.
The event took place the night before The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women’s night slalom, and as the fastest disabled woman on Earth, Heather raced alongside many other talented celebrity skiers.
The women’s night slalom is the biggest highlight of Flachau’s annual event calendar. In 2018, the legendary women’s night race once again turns the spotlight on Flachau and the Hermann Maier World Cup racetrack. In addition to some exciting skiing, there were lots of additional surrounding events that characterised the World Cup as a wonderful experience for all attending and involved.
Heather skied after teammate and young professional skier Anna Maria Wechselberger.
Heather is no stranger to the Austrian Ski scene, she has worked tirelessly and closely with the Austrian Speed Ski Team in what would result in a world record, a unbelievable challenge that would see Heather reach speeds of up to 166.84 km/ph (103.6 mp/h)
The Austrian Speed Ski Team head coach, Christoph Prüller, who trained the current able-bodied world cup Crystal globe overall winner Klaus Schrottshammer said:
“Heather is an amazingly focused skier, she puts her heart and soul into it and most importantly has no fear. What she is trying to achieve seemed impossible to me when I was told but now, having worked with her and watching how she works consistently on her prosthesis, have proved that with her determination anything is possible.”
The evening prior to the main event was packed full of exciting skiing entertainment and kicked off at 5pm with these scheduled events:
- 5pm - Krone Ski Austria World Cup Party kicked off with DJ In-Style on the Krone Open Air Stage
- 6pm – 6:45pm – Heather and the other participants for the STAR CHALLENGE 2018 "Sport and Society meets talented skiers" were introduced on the Krone Open Air Stage
- 7pm - "Ski stars close up" - The skiing Star Challenge ladies signed autographs in the open air area in the village centre
- 7:30pm – 8pm - Competition (bib) number draw took place on the Krone Open Air Stage
- 8:30 pm – Heather and others made their way to the slopes to compete in the Star Challenge team competition on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup Run.
On Tuesday the 9th January the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom event ensued, with the first run starting at 6pm, and the night closing with an Awards ceremony in the finishing area for the title "Snow Space Salzburg Princess".
Following the awards ceremony there was a world cup party that took place around various clubs and bars in Flachau from 10pm.
All those who attended had an incredible time.
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