BOA: Williams gold highlight of year
British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt has hailed Amy Williams's Vancouver skeleton gold as his highlight of the year.
The BOA have announced their athlete of the year awards across a range of Olympic sports with swimmer Rebecca Adlington, athlete Mo Farah, gymnast Beth Tweddle and cyclist Emma Pooley joining Williams among the winners.
"Undoubtedly the British Olympic highlight of 2010 was Amy Williams' outstanding performance on the Whistler Sliding Centre where she claimed Olympic gold for Team GB in such fantastic style," said Hunt.
"The skeleton slider became Britain's first individual Winter Olympic Champion for 30 years and inspired the millions of Team GB fans watching on TV across the UK.
"Throughtout 2010, athletes from all 26 summer Olympic sports continued to prepare themselves for the once in a lifetime opportunity presented by a home Olympics in London in 2012.
"During this year we have seen many well-established sports continue to excel at World and European Championship level, while other sports have demonstrated great progression in their ambition of competing with the very best in 2012.
"The award of the Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy recognises the dedication, commitment and excellence of athletes who represent the very best of British talent in their respective Olympic sports."
Williams, who was nominated for the last weekend's Sports Personality of the Year award and was runner-up in the Sports Journalists' Association sportswomen of the year poll, is currently taking some time out from the sport.
And while she remains undecided on defending her title in Sochi, she insists she still has a future in sliding.
"I'm delighted to receive the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year award. This caps a really special year for me, the highlight of which was of course becoming Olympic Champion with Team GB at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games," she said.
"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me on the journey so far. I'm now back in training and aiming for more success at the European and World Championships in 2011."
Aquatics - Rebecca Adlington, Archery - Alison Williamson, Athletics - Mo Farah, Badminton - Rajiv Ouseph, Basketball - Pop's Mensah-Bonsu, Boxing - Tom Stalker, Canoeing - Ed McKeever, Cycling - Emma Pooley, Equestrian - Laura Bechtolsheimer, Fencing - Chrystall Nicoll, Gymnastics - Beth Tweddle, Handball - Holly Lam-Moores, Hockey - Helen Richardson, Judo - Euan Burton, Modern Pentathlon - Sam Weale, Sailing - Ed Wright, Shooting - Elena Allen, Table Tennis - Liam Pitchford, Taekwondo - Jade Jones, Tennis - Andy Murray, Triathlon - Jonathan Brownlee, Volleyball - Nathan French, Weighlifting - Peter Kirbride, Wrestling - Myroslav Dykun, Biathlon - Lee-Steve Jackson, Bobsleigh/Skeleton - Amy Williams , Curling - Eve Muirhead, Luge - AJ Rosen, Skating - Sinead and John Kerr, Skiing - Andrew Musgrave