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Amy Williams wins Olympic gold

Amy Williams after winning her gold medal

Amy Williams has won Britain's first solo Winter Olympic gold medal for 30 years by sliding to glory in the skeleton bob event.

The 27-year-old was more than half a second quicker than her rivals at the Vancouver Games after the final heat.

She broke her track record to clock up a time of three minutes 35.64 seconds.

Amy is Britain's first individual gold medallist at the Winter Olympics since ice-skating star, and Dancing on Ice judge, Robin Cousins won gold in 1980.

Shelley Rudman competing in the skeleton bob
Shelley Rudman had to settle for sixth place

Britain's newest Olympic star is also the first woman to win gold at a Winter Games since 1952.

"It's crazy," she said. "I didn't think I'd be standing here. It's all such a blur, I can't remember most of the last run.

"I was a bit nervous before it but I thought I've got nothing to lose so I thought I'd just go out and enjoy it and it was great."

Meanwhile, Amy's team-mate Shelley Rudman - who was the only member of Team GB to win a medal in the last Winter Olympics - finished sixth.