Williams 'not ready' to return
Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams has said that she's not ready to get back on the ice - admitting there's not enough fire in her belly.
The World Cup season starts this week at the Whistler Sliding Centre in Canada - the scene of her Vancouver 2010 victory where she became Great Britain's first Winter Olympic gold medallist for eight years.
Williams will be absent, however, claiming she is yet to rediscover the motivation for elite competition - though she will remain in the limelight by commentating on the skeleton for British Eurosport, starting with the men's skeleton at Whistler on Saturday 27 November at 3pm UK time.
"I've decided not to slide until January," said Williams. "I'm not ready at the moment, psychologically, mentally or physically.
"I was so strict on myself in the lead-up to Vancouver and now that I've got Olympic gold I feel different - at the moment the fire is not there.
"In a way it's a good thing for me because I'm enjoying relaxing and it's nice to be able to have a relaxed year in a four-year cycle.
"I am doing a bit of training again and slowly getting back into it but I'm not ready to compete yet."
One thing Williams remains convinced about however is that the desire to defend her Olympic title still burns as brightly as ever.
With Williams absent from Whistler this week, 2006 Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman as well as Donna Creighton will fly the British flag.
And 28-year-old Williams is only too aware she will face competition both nationally and internationally as she bids to become the first to win two Olympic medals in the sport.
"I want to go to another Olympics," added Williams. "But being selected will be easier said than done.
"No-one has ever won two Olympic medals in the sport so that I guess is something for me to aim for."