|Amy Williams |
Bob skeleton slider
Born: Cambridge, UK
Lives: Bath, UK
Date of Birth: 29/09/82
Height: 5' 8”
Education-Secondary School: Hayesfield, Bath, UK
Sixth Form: Beechen Cliff, Bath, UK
Art Foundation Course: Bath College, UK
Currently on Sports Performance degree,
Bath University, UK
I live in Bath and train at Bath University Sports Training Village.
I started the sport in 2002, and in 2005 I finished 2nd in the Junior World Championships, the World Student Games, and the Europa Cup tour.
I am currently one of the top two Great Britain women sliders, and was the highest placed British athlete in the recent World Championships in St Moritz.
I am currently 17th in the World Cup rankings after five World Cup races, with three left to race, having dropped down a few places due to missing the race in Nagano, Japan, in order to prepare for the World Championships.
|"Why she loves the sport and what made her take it up" |
I was always very active and competitive when I was growing up, and I competed in many sports, including swimming, sprinting and cross country. I trained for 400m sprinting at Bath University, and one day I joined in with a friend who was training on the push track at the Sports Training Village. I discovered I had the necessary speed for push-starting and so I put myself in for the World Push-Start Championships in Holland. When I finished in 2nd place, the British performance director who was there invited me to join in with an Army ice camp in Lillehammer, Norway.
The first time I went down I thought it was OK, but didn’t love it straight away, it was really fast and you got a feeling that you just couldn’t describe, then the more I went down I started to love it: the adrenaline-rush was amazing. It became an addiction to get down faster than the time before, and not to hit as many walls on the way down!
Amy's Website www.skeletonamy.co.uk
The season started off really well for me. In the first World Cup race in Calgary, I had my best result yet in finishing 10th, which gave me a little confidence boost for the next races. Having only raced on them once previously, the American tracks were not well known to me. In Salt Lake City I placed 16th, which was a disappointing result since training had been going really well, and I hoped for a podium finish. Upon the advice from my coach, I had chosen the runners that I would use for the race, but they ended up being the wrong kind for the conditions of the ice on race day. Unfortunately I found that I didn’t have the control I needed to do my steers.
The equipment that we use is very important; you do not always know what type of runner to use until you try them and find out. I was pleased with my 11th place In Lake Placid, as the Americans and Canadians are so strong on their own tracks.
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