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Absence of right forearm
Date of Birth:
Glen Iris, Victoria
First Competed for Australia:
Best World Rank:
Too many to name
8th place in sprint races in Finland 2007-2008 season
Finishing his first race at his first Paralympic Games
James Millar describes himself as determined, flippant and actual and believes this assortment of qualities will help him achieve his dream of a podium finish at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games.
As the only standing cross-country skier on the Australian Winter Paralympic Team, James also competes in the biathlon event which combines skiing and shooting. At the 2006 Torino Winter Games, James finished 18th in the 7.5km biathlon, 20th in the 12.5km biathlon and 22nd, 25th and 24th in the CC short, medium and long distances. But he believes just finishing his first ever race at these Games was his greatest sporting moment as it was a huge achievement and weight off his shoulders.
James, who was born without a right forearm, was introduced to skiing by his father and fell in love with it from a young age. In 2002 he represented his school at the Interschools National Competition and was selected to meet the coach of the Junior Australian Ski Team. He is thankful for the support of his family and friends and sees them as the people he admires the most.
Ironically, James who follows winter around the world loves summer and loves nothing more than sitting on his veranda soaking up the sun. He loves going to the beach, sleeping in and making music and also enjoys hiking and mountain running.
He has recently completed a degree in landscape architecture and believes breaking his back whilst back-country alpine skiing in 2007 was the scariest thing to have ever happened to him. James hates early mornings and burnt toast and sees running in the Sydney Olympic torch relay as one of his proudest moments.