Heather Mills, the ex-wife of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, has vowed to pursue her dream of winning a gold medal at the Paralympics despite sustaining serious injuries in a training accident.
"I want that gold medal," she said in an interview with Kleine Zeitung.
The 43-year-old Mills sustained a serious shoulder injury in a ski accident in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday, and needed to be flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital at Lienz for treatment.
The ex-model, who divorced from McCartney in 2008, qualifies to compete in the Paralympics having had her left leg amputated after a car crash in 1993.
"The piste was very quick and I was trying to avoid a fall on my artificial leg only for it to turn out wrongly as I hit a security barrier," Mills said.
Mills has bought a 1.57 million euros ($A2.1 million) house overlooking the Millstaetter See in Carinthia and has been training in the region for the 2012 Paralympics to be held in the Russian resort of Sotchi.
She was awarded STG24.3 million divorce from the ex-Beatle in an accord finally hammered out after prolonged and acrimonious negotiations.
McCartney married Mills in a lavish ceremony in Ireland in June 2002, four years after his first wife Linda, a photographer and animal rights campaigner, died from breast cancer.
McCartney, 68, is to marry for the third time later this year, after recently announcing his engagement to New York entrepreneur Nancy Shevell.