Encouraged by her successful previous performances, alpine skier Millie Knight reached the Paralympic podium for the first time at PyeongChang 2018.
The Brit claimed silver in both the women´s downhill and super-G vision impaired events alongside guide Brett Wild. She also ended second in the overall World Cup rankings.
Four years before, Knight had become the youngest British athlete to compete at a Winter Paralympics when she took to the Russian slopes at Sochi 2014 at the age of just 15.
She was also named Great Britain’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony. Even though she left Sochi without a medal, Knight was only starting a so far short but fruitful career.
In 2015, she won silver in the giant slalom and bronze in the slalom at her first World Championships in Panorama, Canada.
The 2017-18 season was her most successful. Knight took her country’s only gold medal at Tarvisio 2017 in the downhill. She followed that up with three silvers in the giant slalom, slalom and super-combined.
She also finished first in the super-combined and downhill World Cup rankings, finishing second in the overall rankings behind her main opponent Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia.
Knight lost the majority of the sight in both eyes due to an infection at a young age. She took up skiing at age seven while on holiday in Meribel, France, encouraged by her mother, who also became her first guide.
In 2013, she began training with the national Paralympic development squad. She was named the 2014 Woman of the Year in Canterbury, England.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
She sustained a concussion after crashing at the 2017 World Cup event in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, which continued to affect her for the next two years, including at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 21 Jan 2020; theguardian.com, 11 Mar 2018; bbc.co.uk, 09 Mar 2018)
She crashed into a barrier after winning gold in downhill at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy, which resulted in concussion and bruising to various parts of her body. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; kentonline.co.uk, 02 Feb 2017; bbc.com, 25 Jan 2017)
In August 2016 she suffered from an illness that required hospital treatment. She returned to competition in December that year. (kentonline.co.uk, 02 Feb 2017)
In July 2017 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in England. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
She was named the 2014 Woman of the Year in Canterbury, England. (canterburytimes.co.uk, 02 Jan 2015)
She was flag bearer for Great Britain at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (bbc.co.uk, 06 Mar 2014)
Following her 2017 concussion she continued skiing, including at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, despite suffering from balance issues related to the concussion. "I was in a bad way. I was struggling with my balance, and I just felt not myself. It was a very difficult time." She decided to take a break from competition in the 2018/19 season to fully recover from the concussion, as well as a back injury she had picked up. She focused on her psychology studies at the University of Kent and continued training, but did not compete. She returned to international competition in January 2020. "I never really rested from my concussion and my crash because it was the Games year [in 2018]. I never had that time to fully recover, so last season [2018/19] I thought, I'm going to just train. Races weren't my focus at that point. It [having a year off] made me stronger. I'm fitter, healthier, happier than I was. All good steps in the right direction." She said she did consider not returning to competition. "That's a question that I battled with too, but I thought, you know what, I was so close at the  Games - I was 0.86s behind gold [in downhill] - and I just thought, I've worked pretty much half my life to get here. I haven't come this far to only come this far." (paralympic.org, 21 Jan 2020)
Following two concussions in 2016/17 she began working with sports psychologist Kelley Fay in order to overcome a fear of crashing and regain her confidence ahead of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Fay would spend up to 90 minutes a day with her, working on redirecting her thoughts ahead of a competition and altering her body language to help her feel more confident. "I think now I'm much stronger mentally. When I think about my crash I smile, I don't think of it and get worried any more." (bbc.co.uk, 09 Mar 2018)
|Women's Slalom Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-12||5|
|Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired||Final Round||2014-03-16||5|
|Women's Giant Slalom VI||Race 1||2015-03-08||2|
|Women's Slalom VI||Race 1||2015-03-10||3|
|Women's Downhill VI||Race 1||2017-01-25||1|
|Women's Super-G VI||Race 1||2017-01-26||9999|
|Women's Super-Combined VI||Race 1||2017-01-28||2|
|Women's Giant Slalom VI||Race 1||2017-01-30||2|
|Women's Slalom VI||Race 1||2017-01-31||2|
|Women's Downhill Visually Impaired||Final||2018-03-10||2|
|Women's Super-G Visually Impaired||Final||2018-03-11||2|
|Women's Super Combined Visually Impaired||Final||2018-03-13||4|
|Women's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired||Final||2018-03-14||7|
|Women's Slalom Visually Impaired||Final||2018-03-18||3|