Amy Williams became an instantly recognisable face when she won Team GB’s only medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver; gold in the women’s skeleton. Alongside gold medallist figure skater Robin Cousins, she has been nominated as an official Team GB Ambassador prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Team GB catch up with the “Queen of Speed” and find out how she is finding life away from the track.
1.Just four years ago you were in a similar position to our winter athletes who are eagerly anticipating the prospect of representing Team GB in Sochi next year. Can you talk us through your overall Olympic experience in Vancouver and how it felt to be Britain’s only medallist?
“The Olympics were amazing! Not just because of the success I had but because of the honour of representing my country at the biggest event in our sport. It’s so easy to get consumed by the whole Olympic atmosphere, which obviously is a good thing because it only comes around every four years, but personally I tried to stay focused on what I was back on it now everything forms just one big blur, and I was fortunate enough that everything went smoothly and just clicked into place.”
2. Vancouver was also your first Olympics. What would your advice be to our Sochi hopefuls?
“For me one of the main things was to enjoy the experience. You never know how many times you’re going to be a part of such a unique atmosphere, so my advice would be to make the most of it; stay focused and seize the moment”.
3.Alongside Robin Cousins you are an Official Ambassador for Team GB ahead of the Sochi Games. Can you tell us a little bit more about this role and what you feel you can contribute to helping our athletes ahead of the Games?
“The main thing for me is trying to transfer my experiences as an athlete to the rest of the team, and support them in whatever they need in the build up and during the Games. I could not have predicted the huge amount of media and attention I received after Vancouver, so I guess I see my role as not only an opportunity to educate and guide the athletes, but to help them to enjoy the most special moment in their life; when they become an Olympian or an Olympic medallist.”
4.As a result of your role as Ambassador, you have had the opportunity to spend some time with our winter hopefuls. What do you make of the new crop of Olympic hopefuls?
“They are an amazing bunch of talented athletes. The Winter Olympics have the potential to be one of the most successful for Team GB in Olympic history, with so many medal hopes including the men’s and women’s Curling teams and James “Woodsy” Woods in Slopestyle Skiing. Continuing the Olympic hype from London 2012, these Games are an opportunity to stamp down our authority on the Winter Sporting World, and show that despite our lack of snow and facilities, we can compete at the highest level in sport.”
5.Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been doing since your retirement from Skeleton?
"Aside from my role as Ambassador, I’ve had various media roles including appearances on The One Show, Jonathan Ross, Blue Peter, Top Gear, Question of Sport, The Gadget Show, A League of Their One, Alone in the Wild, 71 Degrees North and have been a presenter for Ski Sunday. I have been giving motivational speeches in the hope to inspire others to achieve their dreams as I did in Vancouver, and have recently got into rally car racing.”