Williams: Brits on the up
A year after winning skeleton gold in the Winter Olympics, Amy Williams revealed she is having to work harder than ever to keep pace with her British rivals.
Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of Williams becoming Britain’s first individual Olympic Winter Games gold medallist since Robin Cousins’ skating triumph in 1980.
But it has not all been smooth sailing since then with the 28-year-old recently being overlooked in favour of Shelley Rudman and Donna Creighton for Britain’s skeleton World Championship team.
Williams had already missed the first half of the 2010/11 Skeleton World Cup season, and Britain’s performance director Andi Schmid labelled her exclusion ‘a difficult decision’.
But Williams’ thoughts are already turning to next season and to three years’ time in Sochi where she hopes to retain her Winter Olympic crown.
“It’s so scary to think it’s a year ago, it’s flown by,” she said. “Our sport is getting more and more competitive every year and there are a lot of good young British girls coming through.
“I know I’ll have to work at the same level of intensity for the next three years as I did before Vancouver, if not harder.”
Williams’ decision not to compete in the first half of the season meant Britain did not gain enough points to earn a third space for the World Championships which start on February 24.
Since her return Williams managed a 12th place finish at January’s Igls World Cup event but did step onto the podium with a bronze at the European Championships.