SKI WORLD RECORD
4th October 2017
The former GB Olympic ski racer Graham Bell has picked up a world record for skiing, almost 20 years after retiring from the sport. NEW
The Ski Sunday presenter has gone faster than anyone else on skis while being towed by a vehicle.
He reached 187.07 kilometres per hour (117.48mph) with the help of a four-wheel drive XF Sportbrake Jaguar Land Rover.
The challenge took place in March but has only just been reported.
It was held at Jaguar Land Rover’s Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden in temperatures of -28°C.
“I’m really proud to have achieved this new Guinness World Records title, but it was a real team effort with the engineers at Jaguar supporting me every step of the way,” Bell said after breaking the record.
“The XF Sportbrake stayed perfectly composed throughout and gave me the confidence to not only beat the record but smash it by a great margin!”
To beat the previous record, Bell had to reach an average speed of more than 112.65 kph.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Anna Orford was on hand to verify the record, ensuring that the attempt was measured using a ‘speed trap’, consisting of electronic timing lights placed at the start and finish of the course.
The five-times Winter Olympian has been faster on skis, but not on the flat and not while being towed.
He reached a personal best top speed of 195 kph (121 mph) going downhill.
The 51-year-old retired from racing in 1998.
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