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Amy Williams claimed a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games © Getty Images
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Great Britain Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams has announced her retirement from skeleton with immediate effect.

Williams shot to prominence with a remarkable victory in Vancouver two years ago, as she set a course record in the opening run of the competition and held on over the remainder to become the first British individual gold medallist at the Winter Olympics for 30 years - and the first woman to achieve the feat in 58 years.

However, the 29-year-old has since struggled with a succession of injuries that have ravaged the past two two seasons, and has now decided the time has come to turn her attention to a new target in life.

"My injuries have been causing me a lot of pain and I ruptured my knee a week ago. It has got to the point where it is not really much fun any more," Williams told the Press Association.

"I told myself after Vancouver that I would have a little break then get back on the ice and compete again, because there is still nothing I love more than getting on my sled and going down the track.

"I'm still convinced I could have gone to Sochi and won another medal, but it would take an awful lot of sacrifices and it has just come to the point where my body is screaming at me to stop.

"It is easy for an athlete to stay in their comfort zone, but it takes a bit of guts and bravery to step outside it and find another challenge in life. I am happy and content with what I have achieved in my sport."

Williams, who also claimed a World Championship silver medal in 2009, received an MBE from the Queen in 2010 due to her Olympic triumph.

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