Amy Williams returned from Vancouver a National heroine after claiming Team GB’s only gold medal of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in skeleton bobsleigh at her debut Winter Olympic Games. In winning gold, she became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years and the first female individual gold medallist for 58 years.
Having proved her deft touch on the notoriously fast Whistler track in the previous year’s World Cup, Amy dominated the Vancouver event – leading from start to finish. Blessed with an exceptionally fast start, a legacy from her days as a 400m runner, and fearless determination, Amy and Arthur (her sled) set two track records to finish more than 0.5 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Amy took the decision to hang Arthur up for one last time and announced her retirement from the sport in Spring 2012 after admitting ‘the body can’t take any more’ after being plagued by injuries since her Gold medal winning performance. Amy was immediately snapped up by the Daily Telegraph to present their coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay and co-presented her first live outside broadcast for BBC Bristol for the Olympic Torch Relay.
Born in Cambridge, the Williams family relocated to Bath when Amy was young and the historic city remains her permanent place of residence. A talented athlete, Amy excelled at most sports, enjoying particular success in the 200m and 400m where she reached county level. However, upon realising her talent at running fell short of her most coveted prize, wearing the Team GB vest, she quickly set her sights on a new challenge and with Bath University being home to a push-start track, the skeleton became the obvious sport to focus on! Showing immediate promise, Amy was fast tracked to the World Push Championships in 2002 where she came away with a silver medal! Making the transition to the ice was something that filled her with a mixture of exhilaration and terror but her raw talent and courage combined to make inroads into the GB Skeleton scene and eventually onto the world stage, culminating in the ultimate accolade, 2010 Winter Olympic champion!
“Curly Wurly” as she is known to friends, has a passion for horses and enjoys painting and creative art in her spare time. Her journey to success has touched people from all walks of life and she’s been in huge demand from a diverse range of audiences; Amy offers a unique and hugely inspiring story.
2011 saw Amy appear in ITV1’s ‘71 Degrees North’, where she made it all the way to the final programme eventually coming third. Amy also undertook a two week trip to Botswana for Discovery’s ‘Alone in the Wild’.
Amy will be joining the BBC’s broadcasting team for the new series of ‘Ski Sunday’ and will also form part of the commentary team for their coverage of the British Short Track Speed Skating competition.