Michael Milton, from Australia was awarded the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. Michael won four Olympic Gold medals, becoming the first athlete in his amputee class to win all eligible alpine ski-ing events.
Laureus World Sports Academy member Dan Marino, one of the legendary quarterbacks of American football was on hand to present the award on behalf of the Academy.
Michael was nine when he was diagnosed with cancer. The only chance of saving his life was to amputate one leg. He was walking on an artificial leg nine days after the amputation, and within three months he was out on skis.
"Who would have thought, a snow skier from Australia? This weekend in Monaco started on Sunday evening, when Phil Craven from the National Paralympic Committee invited all the nominees for this award to a dinner, I only knew one other athlete there, and it was wonderful to meet them and to hear their experiences in different sports, different disabilities, different countries, and I'd just like everyone to give them a round of applause, because they're all so deserving.
Sport is about emotion, and I guess this year I could - well, for me I thought Salt Lake. Performing like I did in Salt Lake would be the Everest in terms of the highs of emotion, especially through a lifetime when perhaps there's been some lows. But I think tonight, for me, is the Everest. Thank you."