Celebrity disabled skier Heather Mills’ Olympic dreams are in tatters after she allegedly abused an official.
Mills – who picked up a World Cup silver medal at the Winter Games NZ in Queenstown this year – reportedly screamed ‘you bitch, you bitch’ and then grabbed official Sylvana Mestre at an Austrian hotel.
Mestre – technical head at the International Paralympic Committee – had told Mills her ski boot wasn’t approved by the organisation.
Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, who lost the lower half of her leg in 1993, had hoped to compete at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.
But Mills, 45, has now quit the British Disabled Ski Team, reports BBC News.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) says it may take disciplinary action after Mills went into a “wild tantrum” after being given the news her ski equipment had not been ratified.
Mills’ coach says there is a “vendetta” against her.
“I was trying to explain to her that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded,” Mestre told the BBC.
“She jumped on me. She started to say I was a bitch. She grabbed me from the back and she started to say that ‘you don’t know who I am, I will make your life miserable’. I don’t understand the reaction”
A representative of former model Mills issued a statement denying the IPC and Mestre’s version of events.
“Heather waited patiently – as the IPC confirmed – to try and explain to Sylvana Mestre that her left boot was legal and purely cosmetic to abide by the archaic IPC rules.
“It was just cut down and the buckles removed to stop more weight limb damage.”
The statement also claimed Mestre had shouted at Mills and would not let the GB coach the opportunity to “speak or explain” before storming off.
Coach, John Clark, plans to make a formal complaint and says Mestre had “deliberately put barriers in the way” of his racer, the BBC reports.
Mills won silver in the Winter Games NZ IPC Adaptive Slalom World Cup in August.