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Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes | 07:38 UK time, Saturday, 20 February 2010

How does it feel to have a daughter win an Olympic gold? Well I have a pretty good idea how Ian and Jan Williams - the mum and dad of Britain's new Olympic Champion Amy Williams are feeling tonight after chatting to them throughout the skeleton competition.

It's fair to say 'very proud' is their foremost emotion but I was so impressed by their calmness.

If it had been me I would have been blubbing like a baby and would have probably started an ice invasion in a bid to give her a huge hug. Mr and Mrs Williams on the other hand remained the perfect picture of British restrain.

It's not a criticism at all. Please don't take it that way. It's more an indication of how stupidly excitable I am!
Williams-parents_PA_595.jpgAmy Williams parents congratulate her on winning gold Photograph: PA

They were clearly overjoyed with grins from ear to ear from the moment Amy finished her first run. I think they are just supremely confident in their daughter's abilities. Yesterday her dad said several times "Amy loves the track here". Well she clearly does, nailing every single run of this competition.

I guess even though Britain has a great record in the skeleton, I always like to remain pessimistic about any medal chances.

But it's a fact, we are the most successful nation in skeleton at the Olympics, having won a medal at every games with a skeleton competition - bronze 1928, bronze 1948, bronze 2002, silver 2006 and now Gold in 2010.

It was lovely to hear from her dad that Amy was inspired to take up skeleton after watching Alex Coomber win bronze in 2002. How many young girls will now be inspired by her fabulous display of sporting achievement?

With her gold medal and stunning looks she is sure to become a big star at home and her life will change forever. I hope she's got an agent!

Amy's mum was desperate to speak to her daughter but families rarely have accreditation at an Olympics so she couldn't get anywhere near her. So we phoned our producer at the mixed zone where the athletes are interviewed and he passed the phone to Amy so her mum could speak to her. I felt like Cilla Black.

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Lizzie watches Amy Williams' gold medal run from the stands in Whistler (UK users only)

As she told Amy she loved her and wanted to hug her I welled up, her mum was by then on the verge of tears and it was all very emotional.

There were loads of British fans watching which added to the atmosphere. Every Brit for miles seemed to come out of the Whistler woodwork to support Team GB. Respect has to go to the four men who were topless with A,M,Y,! drawn on their chests. I was wearing two coats and I was cold, they must have been absolutely freezing.

I felt so sorry for Adam, Kristan and Shelley. Like Amy, they have been utter professionals throughout the madness of the Olympics. I'd like to thank them all for their help to us the BBC.

It must be so hard to spend four years training for something and then not achieve your goal. But that's the skeleton over for these games.

Next up at the sliding centre it's the bobsleigh. Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke have a good chance in the women's. It would be so great to win another medal. Go girls and fingers crossed.


  • 1. At 08:35am on 20 Feb 2010, MarktheHorn wrote:

    Congratulations to Amy Williams on her success.

    Clearly worked hard over a number of years with her coaches and well most people wouldn't even be brave enough to throw thermselves head first down the ice at high speeds!

    Ofcourse we are never going to be top dogs at Winter sports (just look at how much we get in a mess when a bit of snow falls!) so in someways success at the Winter Olympics is even more of an achievement than at the Summer Games where the athletes are much more rewarded and well funded.

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  • 2. At 09:07am on 20 Feb 2010, musicresearcher wrote:

    Fantastic! Well done Amy.

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  • 3. At 09:34am on 20 Feb 2010, Gromti wrote:

    Excellent achievement Amy. Really well done. A great boost for team GB. I wish I was there

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