Team GB legend Amy Williams was ‘high as a kite’ when she won Olympic gold

Olympic medallist Amy Williams has admitted that she was "high on as many painkillers as I could take" when she took gold in 2010.

The skeleton bobsleigh champion was speaking on the Thomas Green Podcast when she opened up about the pain she was in during the 2010 Vancouver Games.

The 40-year-old took home Britain’s first individual gold in 30 years at the event 12 years ago, breaking the track record along the way – but it was just two years later that injuries forced her into retirement, aged 29.

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She said: “Physically I was in a good place although my back was really dodgy, I was high on as many painkillers I could take, working with the physio for many many hours just to keep me glued together shall we call it.

“I remember thinking my legs are shaking and the camera was zooming in on my shaky foot and then your head just switches,” she added.

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Williams said that she was so out of it that she had no idea she had won. “You don’t really know what to do, I’m a naturally very shy person. I look back on videos now and I don’t even take my helmet off or my hood or shake my hair out or look pretty and nice for the cameras.

“The biggest feeling you get is just that of relief, that you have done it, I knew I could win a medal, I knew I could win the Olympics.”

Williams is now a TV pundit and presenter working on Ski Sunday. Other achievements include being appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

The former athlete was originally competing as a 400m runner but did not make the athletics team and so began competing in skeleton in 2002 at the University of Bath instead.


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