Amy Williams returned from Vancouver a National heroine after claiming Team GB's only gold medal of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics 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 woman individual gold medallist for 58 years.
Having proved her deft touch on the notoriously fast Whistler track at the 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.
Born in Cambridge, the Williams family relocated to Bath when Amy was young and the historic city remains her permanent place of residence to this day. 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!
Amy Williams’ story is unparalleled in terms of guiding audiences through the long and painstaking journey from skeleton novice to Olympic champion. She draws out detailed information on overcoming the extreme low of missing out on Olympic selection in 2006 and how this only served to spur her on, strive for perfection in training which subsequently transferred to performance on the track.
From her close relationship with a support team comprised of physios, strength coaches and psychologists, to setting goals and focusing on an end result, Amy Williams covers the lot.
The Opening Ceremony went very well and everyone loved Amy. She gave a very natural speech about her journey to the Olympics and brought her Gold Medal along for everyone to see. She was an instant hit with students and our visitors alike and gave of her time for endless photo calls with good grace.
Amy was a fantastic addition to our event. She held the stage well and captivated the audience with her inspirational and emotive speech. Her presentation was well delivered and very engaging. Amy was friendly, approachable and gave her time to network with our attendees after the event. We were extremely satisfied with her involvement and look forward to working with her in the future.
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