Amy Williams MBE

2010 Winter Olympic Games Gold Medallist – Skeleton bob

BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominee 2010

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 retired from the sport in Spring 2012 but her contribution to British Skeleton was rewarded in May 2013 as she was announced as the first ever Vice President of the sport, a role which will enable her to pass on her expertise to the next generation of Winter Olympians.

Not one to rest on her laurels, in 2013 Amy immersed herself in the world of Rally driving and was co-driver for Sky Sports News F1 analyst Tony Jardine during the season, making three finishes in a row to qualify for her international co-driving licence. In November 2013 together achieving the ultimate goal and competing in the International Wales GB. Tony and Amy put in an impressive performance coming in 1st in their class and 26th overall.

Amy’s journey to success has touched people from all walks of life and she’s been in huge demand from a diverse range of audiences. Following appearances on television productions such as ITV1’s ’71 Degrees North’ and Discovery’s ‘Alone in the Wild’ Amy joined the presenting team on BBC’s Ski Sunday. Appearances on The One Show, Countryfile, Blue Peter and Question of Sport amongst others demonstrates her popularity and versatility. Amy was part of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics BBC presenting team and was co-presenter on the hugely popular weekly Gadget Show.

Now, Amy juggles life as a Mum of 2 with her speaking and TV work alongside a number of ambassador roles.


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