Williams finishes 12th on return
Amy Williams made her long-awaited return to the skeleton World Cup circuit by finishing 12th in Igls, Austria, behind winner Anja Huber.
The 28-year-old, who has enjoyed an extended break from the ice since becoming Great Britain’s first individual Winter Olympic gold medallist for 30 years, showed signs off rustiness in her opening run but bounced back with the third fastest time of day with her second outing.
That was good enough for 12th overall as gold went to Germany’s Anja Huber while Williams’ British rival Shelley Rudman collected silver – her fourth consecutive second place of the season.
Williams could only post 46.4 seconds on the opening run but came back with 47.0 in her second run and admitted that was more like it.
“I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s what expected and predicted,” she said. “I can’t remember the last time I was that low in a race.
“I was last off in the first run, and the ice had really slowed down in the 45 minutes since the first person went. It was really sticky. It takes a while to get fully back into the race routine.
“I felt much more like myself on the second run. I had a really solid run and put down a quick time. I was really pleased with the way I drove it. I could feel the difference and it was good to move up so many places.
“I’ve got to think of the second run and be positive. I’ve still got that drive inside me. I want to be better and I know I can be.”
Rudman’s runs of 55.69 and 55.58 were the second and first fastest times overall in each outing but she was still forced to settle for silver with a combined time of 1:51.27 minutes – 0.17 seconds slower than Huber. Canada’s Melissa Hollingsworth completed the podium in third.
Huber now leads the overall World standings by 51 points from Rudman, who has 1024. Hollingsworth is in third with 978.
1. Anja Huber (GER)
2. Shelley Rudman (GBR)
3. Mellisa Hollingsworth (CAN)
4. Potelitcina Olga (RUS)
5. Darla Deschamps (CAN)
6. Donna Creighton (GBR)
7. Emma Lincoln-Smith (AUS)
8. Amy Gough (Can)
9. Katherine Eustace (NZL)
10. Marion Thees (GER)
11. Katharina Heinz (GER)
12. Amy Williams (GBR)
13. Anne O'Shea (USA)
14. Jessica Kilian (SUI)
15. Joska le Conte (NED)
16. Kimber Gabryszak (USA)
17. Nozomi Komuro (JPN)
18. Janine Flock (AUT)
19. Maria Orlova (RUS)
20. Lucy Katherine Chaffer (AUS)
21. Michelle Steele (AUS)
22. Michaela Glaesser (CZE)