Olympic champ Amy Williams on newfound fame

Monday February 22, 2010

Twenty-seven-year-old Amy Williams has made headlines across the globe after picking up a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

But the Bath-based Brit - champion in the women's skeleton event - says she is determined that her newfound fame will not change her. 

Although Amy, who recently moved back in with her parents to save money, is revelling in her new triumph, she remains down-to-earth and focused on ambitions.

"The money?" she says. "It doesn’t seem real so I have not let my mind wander to that. Yes, I am sure everything will change but everyone knows, my friends and family, I’m not going to change I’m still going to be me.

"I don’t know when I’ll get my life back, but I can’t wait to go horse-riding again and do the things I stopped doing because I had to concentrate so hard this past year. I can’t wait to do so-called normal things again.

“I never thought I’d win an Olympic medal and it’s not going to change me. I’m just happiest watching a film with my friends and that’s what’s important to me. I’ll never lose sight of my normal life.”

Amy is the winner of Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years, following Robin Cousins' victory in figure skating at Lake Placid in 1980.

She also broke her own track record on the way to winning the landmark medal with a time of three minutes and 35.64 seconds.

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