Why everyone should know about Amy Williams


After retiring from Skeleton Olympic Gold Amy Williams could have kicked back and relaxed, but if this weekend at the Wales Rally GB was anything to go by, you can’t keep a good adrenaline junkie down.

In 2010 one British woman broke Team GB’s 30 year dry spell by bringing home an individual  gold medal from a Winter Olympics. On the slopes of Vancouver Amy Williams racked up the fastest time in the Women’s Skeleton, breaking her own track record and reminding the great British public that the Winter Olympics was actually a thing, all huge achievement on all levels for the new UK golden girl.

Williams stuck in my mind for a long time not only because anyone with a gold medal is pretty cool, but because anyone who can thrown themselves down a hill on what is essentially a tea tray and hit speeds of up to 90 miles an hour is pretty fascinating.  However after hanging up her sled for the last time in 2012 thanks to an unrelenting  battle against injury my mind went elsewhere (probably to think about food) until I saw this article on the BBC (Thanks Ben Dirs) For Williams it has been out with the tea tray and in with the rally car, not a common progression admittedly, but one that definitely requires high levels of adrenaline junkieness.

After taking part in a Top Gear challenge last year that contained an element of rally car co-driving  she was hooked, replacing the speed on ice to the speed in a suped up Honda Civic.  She was quickly on the radar of driver and broadcaster Tony Jardine and on getting her license the pair set about training with the aim of qualifying for Rally GB.

After competing in 4 national rallies in 10 weeks Williams and Jardine qualified this weekend for the Wales Rally GB, an enormous pay off for Williams after her intensive training.  In the words of the woman herself  “I’ve done what most people do in a few years in a few months.’

Storming round the welsh countryside for 4 days in a Mitsubishi Lancer, Williams and Jardine tackled the 22 stages of the GB rally against some of the world’s best to come home in the top 30.

If you want to keep up with Amy’s antics you can follow her on twitter – @skeletonamy


Image from http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motorsport/24873795 (thanks!)


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