Skeleton Racer, Olympic Medallist
Amy Joy Williams MBE is an English former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist. She developed her interest in skeleton as a student at Bath University where she tried out the new push-start track. Williams joined the British Skeleton development program and in 2005 she was second in the World Student Games and the World Junior Championships. She has won several other World Cup Medals.
Williams won her golden medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. This was a great achievement both for Williams and Great Britain, as this was GB’s only medal at the Games and the first gold medal in an individual event in 30 years. Williams was also the first female individual Gold Medallist in 58 years.
She was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010, and was further honoured to become the first-ever female Freeman of the City of Bath, her home-town and training base. She was short-listed for the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and received the Daily Mail’s Ian Wooldridge Award. Williams was the Glamour magazine Sportswoman of the Year, and has presented awards to others at the 2010 Press Awards and at the BAFTAs.
Although Williams retired from skeleton in 2012, she isn’t slowing down. She is a co-presenter on the 35th series of Ski Sunday for BBC. Williams also took on commentary and reporting roles during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She will be the new presenter of the Channel 5 hit series The Gadget Show. Williams is also a British Olympic Association Ambassador. Her latest challenge is a 24000 nautical mile trip around the globe that will start in April 2015.
She is active in other fields, including television, public appearances and motivational speaking. Williams enjoys many sports, especially horse riding, and is an avid artist and painter.