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. (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. "It hurt a lot, my whole body was bruised, I'd hurt my ankle and banged my head. I had concussion." (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)
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)
She was involved in two separate crashes close to the finishing line of races during the 2016/17 season, sustaining a concussion on both occasions. Having never been involved in a serious crash during her career before this, she began working with sports psychologist Kelley Fay in order to overcome a fear of skiing and regain her confidence ahead of the 218 Paralympic Winter Games. Fay would spend up to 90 minutes a day with her, working on how to redirect her thoughts ahead of a competition or altering Knight's body language to help her look and 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|