OLYMPIC Skeleton champion Amy Williams, 35, on lunching with Prince William and Kate, TV presenting and motherhood with her 10-month-old son Oscar.
Where: Chel-ski, London.
Dave Willis Amy Williams says she has become more protective of herself post-retirement Amy Williams, 35, pictured with her 10-month-old son Oscar
Are you a fan of skiing, Amy?
No! People assume that because I’m a winter sport athlete I can ski, snowboard and ice skate, but when you’re an athlete you can’t go off and do other sports in case you get injured. And I never went on ski holidays with my family as a child because we didn’t have money.
How did you get into skeleton?
I’ve always been sporty and did athletics four times a week in my teens, but I had shin splints a lot, which stopped me progressing.
Dave Willis Amy was competing in the World Championships in 2009
When I was 18, I tried Bath’s skeleton and bobsleigh start track and instantly loved it. I joined the BBSA development programme and in 2005 came second in the World Student Games and Junior World Championships.
By 2009, I was competing in the World Championships.
Amy Williams slides into TFI Friday
Are you fearless?
Not now I’m a mum! I look at videos of myself doing skeleton and it feels like a past life. When I retired in February 2012, I was plagued with injuries.
I’ve had four major knee operations and have bad sciatica. I’ve become more protective of myself with age.
You’re commentating at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. Are you taking Oscar?
No. I’m flying out for 10 days and my mum will look after Oscar because Craig [Ham, 38, Amy’s husband] works full-time.
This will be the longest I’ve been apart from him, and of course I worry that he’ll think I’ve deserted him, but I have to do this. Every four years I have to push myself as an Olympian to get the jobs to survive the next four years.
Amy will join the BBC Commentary team for PyeongChang 2018
At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Amy won Britain’s first individual gold in 30 years.
The night before our ski lesson, Amy had two hours’ sleep thanks to Oscar.
Amy has a twin called Ruth.
We’re sad you aren’t presenting Channel 5’s The Gadget Show any more…
My contract didn’t get renewed when I said I was pregnant. They didn’t sack me, but let’s just say being four months pregnant didn’t get me a new contract. I could have still done another series.
Would you like to have more children one day?
I don’t want Oscar to be an only child, but at the moment I don’t know how people have two! The hardest part of being a mum is sleep deprivation.
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Is it true you met Craig on Tinder?
Yes. When my last relationship ended, my friends told me to get on Tinder.
The day I got back from Sochi [at the 2014 Winter Olympics], I downloaded the app in Paddington Station and swiped right when I saw Craig’s picture.
He was on a camp with the army in Basingstoke, and his profile had only come up as I’d passed through on my train journey. We started chatting and he took me on a date the next day.