Having led from start to finish, Amy Williams secured Great Britain’s first individual gold for 30 years – and their first women’s title since 1952.
It may have taken 58 years, but for Amy Williams and the rest of Great Britain, it was well worth the wait. No British woman had previously won an individual gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games since 1952, when Jeannette Altwegg triumphed in women’s figure skating. That record finally came to an end at the Whistler Sliding Centre, as Williams secured gold in the women’s skeleton.
“I’m not very good at numbers or stats so I didn’t really realise that I won the first gold medal in a while,” said Williams afterwards. “I can’t believe it’s really happening.”
Having led from the first round – when she set a track record of 53.83 secs – the 27-year-old had the weight of history on her shoulders as she began her fourth and final run, but the former 400m runner kept her composure to slide to gold ahead of Germans Kerstin Szymkowiak and Anja Huber, who claimed silver and bronze respectively.