Williams confident successor Yarnold can dominate for years

12 December 2014 / 16:23

Lizzy Yarnold’s victory in Sochi in February ensured Great Britain made it back-to-back Olympic golds in the women’s skeleton – and 2010 champion Amy Williams believes Britain’s latest champion will be the one to beat for a few years yet.

Four years ago, Williams secured Team GB’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years when she slid to victory in Vancouver before Yarnold picked up the baton this year.

It continued a strong tradition for female British sliders who have won a medal at every Games in which women have taken part – Alex Coomber winning bronze at Salt Lake 2002 and Shelley Rudman at Turin 2006.

Williams would announce her retirement two years after her Olympic gold although she took on the role of mentor for Yarnold, who begins her new season on Friday at the opening World Cup event in Lake Placid, USA.

And, with an in depth knowledge of what makes her close friend tick, Williams believes there is plenty more to come from the 2014 champion.

"She's a very talented girl. I think she is going to dominate for years to come and I can see her winning another gold in four years' time,” she told BBC Sport.

"She is the perfect form lying on the sled and is so aerodynamic. Her confidence has grown, and once you start getting that, you feel you can win everything.

"From day one she has had a natural flair. She works hard in the gym and is heavier than some of the other girls - she could pretty much compete in the men's category.

"When you are sliding at anywhere between 60mph and 85mph, your reactions need to be fast.

"Lizzy's very single-minded, determined, knows what she wants and will work hard to get it

"Medals breed medals and it's great to see Lizzy and others keeping the sport alive in Britain."

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