Amy Williams MBE

Amy Williams MBE

Bob Skeleton Champion

Synopsis

Travelling at 90mph on a sled called Arthur, Amy became the first British individual female gold medalist at the Winter Olympics for 58 years. She achieved the remarkable feat in spite of the fact that the UK does not have an ice track. Instead Amy trained on a dry-push facility with a bespoke device known as The Assassin. She explains how team effort is vital even in a solo discipline – with strength coaches, physios and psychologists.

Biography

The British heroine of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Amy Williams claimed Team GB’s only victory and put skeleton bobsleigh firmly on the map. She became our first individual gold medalist for 58 years.

Amy led from start to finish, her exceptionally fast start a legacy from her days as a track runner. Travelling at 90mph on a sled called Arthur, she set two track records to finish more than half a second ahead of her closest competitor.

With no ice track in the country, Amy had to train on a dry-push facility with a bespoke device known as The Assassin. These limitations made her achievements in Vancouver all the more impressive. ‘Curly Wurly,” as she’s known to friends, talks about her achievement and explains that success is down to meticulous team efforts - even in a solo discipline.

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