Published on February 14th, 2013 | by mpower

Speed Skier, Who Is Blind, Breaks Downhill Speed Record

A former British soldier set a new downhill speed skiing record by a blind person of 162.45 kilometres per hour (100.94 mph). Kevin Alderton set the record at Les Arcs on what is known as the Flying Kilometre.

He was guided on the slope through radio speakers in his helmet by coach Norman Clarke. Afterwards, Alderton said the sensation had been amazing and his feat showed that disability is no barrier to achievement. He said he hoped that his achievement would inspire others to try things they might not normally do.

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