Amy enjoys speaking at events and has the ability to captivate her audience. She has had to understand motivation in order to achieve her Olympic dream, so is well placed to help others overcome self-doubt and reach their aims. Her warmth and approachability are evident even when speaking to a larger crowd.
Amy Williams is famous for winning the skeleton event in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In doing so, she became Britains first solo Winter Olympic champion for thirty years. Her sporting ability and warm character have made this Olympian a favourite among fans.
Amy Williams was born on the 29th September 1982 in Cambridge. She spent much of her childhood in Bath, growing up with her twin sister and older brother. She attended Hayesfield School Technology College and then went on to study at the University of Bath.
Having discovered she had a passion and an aptitude for sport from an early age, Amy trained for the 400 metre run but failed to qualify for major teams. Instead of giving up her sporting career, Amy changed sport; when the University of Bath installed a new track for skeleton and bobsleigh, she was keen to try it out. Falling in love with the adrenaline packed sport of skeleton, Amy decided to train in earnest and had soon progressed so much that she was able to participate in competitions.
In 2009, Amy won a silver medal at the Bauhaus FIBT Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Championships at Lake Placid in the USA. Having tasted success, Amy was more determined than ever to improve her skills. After losing a spot at the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 to Shelley Rudman, Amy set her sights on the Vancouver Winter Olympics and in 2010 was accepted as one of the UK's athletes.
Her success at Vancouver is legendary in the sport. Not only did she win gold, but also broke the track record twice in the process. It was at Vancouver that Amy became the first Briton to win an individual event gold medal at the Winter Olympics since Robins Cousins, thirty years earlier.
Amys ability at skeleton meant that she was the obvious choice for a very interesting race in 2011; the BBC TV show Top Gear was going to see who was fastest - a skeleton racer or a rally specification Mini Cooper. Both parties had to travel the same distance and the result was tense and suspenseful viewing. The car won, but only marginally. The show helped to introduce those unfamiliar with winter sports to skeleton.
Amy was awarded an MBE in 2010, the same year that she became the first female freeman of the City of Bath. She has also been the recipient of the Glamour magazine Sportswoman of the year award and the Daily Mails Ian Wooldridge Award. She is a British Olympic Association Ambassador.
After struggling with injury (including a ruptured knee) Amy retired from sport in May 2012. She wants to continue her work encouraging others but found that years of skeleton had put a lot of strain on her physically.
As well as winter sports, Amy is a keen horse rider and enjoys being outdoors. She is an enthusiastic artist. She has participated in fundraising activities for several charities.
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